Applied Data Science MSc

What is special about this course?

Are you interested in making an impactful and effective contribution to business through data science? If so, this new MSc Applied Data Science will allow you to develop your skills and knowledge in data analytics techniques and evaluate their relevance and validity.

You will learn key data science skills using freely available software. Core subjects will cover fundamental theories, ethical considerations and industry-standard techniques, while optional modules will allow you to focus on specific applications.

The range of options include business, computational, and environmental themes. As part of the environmental options, you will gain experience with GIS software and spatial analysis, while in the business-themed options the focus is on business decisions and company culture – can you help it move toward data-driven decision-making? The computational theme has an emphasis on data engineering and machine learning.

The course is delivered online, allowing you the flexibility to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments. You can also tailor your option choices to suit your specific areas of interest.

This course may also be of interest to companies wishing to use it as continuing professional development for their employees.

Further information on the course, including more information about the individual modules, can be found in the student handbook which is frequently updated.

Special features

  • Flexible optional themes (business, computational and environmental)
  • Learn to apply a wide range of data analytics techniques and evaluate their relevance and validity
  • Make an immediate and effective contribution to an organisation through data science
  • Study current ethical issues in data science and their application to an organisation

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 honours degree or above in a numerate subject, or in any other subject with relevant work experience
  • Applicants with an ordinary degree or equivalent qualification plus relevant work experience, at a suitable level and for an appropriate length of time, will be considered on an individual basis
  • Qualifications from an approved professional body will also be taken into account

 

*Funding support notice*A limited number of scholarships may be available for this course, with a minimum award of £6,000 per place. See fees/funding tab for more information.

 

 

        

 

PgCert

Core modules are:

  • Introduction to R and data visualisation
  • Ethics and data science
  • Statistics 1

PgDip

You will study the following core module:

  • Statistics 2

You will also choose one module from the first semester list:

  • Environmental option: Applications of GIS
  • Business option: Success and culture: the importance of organisational culture
  • Computational option: Data analytics on the web

And one module from the second semester list:

  • Environmental option: Advanced GIS and remote sharing
  • Business option: Information decision making
  • Computational option: Data modelling on the web

MSc

To achieve the award of MSc Applied Data Science you must successfully complete a research dissertation.

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time (available from September 2021)
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of video conference lectures and tutorials, and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors
  • Full-time students will also receive face-to-face teaching
  • Part-time students will conduct all studies online, although teaching staff are also available on campus to help with any queries

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 1 year @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time: (structured) 3 years @ 20 hours per week
  • Part-time: (unstructured) up to 10 years

Number of hours per week indicates the total number of hours you should dedicate to the course, which includes time spent in lectures and your own time spent on individual study and research.


Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI - part-time students will be registered at Inverness College but all studies will be online

Start date

  • September (Full-time study will be available from September 2021)

Fees

Fees payable for this on-campus postgraduate course depend on your assessed fee status:

2020-21Scottish (SC) or EURest of UK (RUK)International (INT)
Per module (20 credits) £560 £650 £1,380
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950 £4,140
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900 £8,280
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850 £12,420
2019-20Scottish (SC) or EURest of UK (RUK)International (INT)
Per module (20 credits) £560 £650 £1,340
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950 £4,020
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900 £8,040
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850 £12,060

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

Funding

Scotland domiciled part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.
Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.
Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company.

A number of funded spaces may be available to students meeting the eligibility criteria. These are offered through The Data Lab MSc and funded by the European Social Fund and Scottish Funding Council, as part of Developing Scotland’s Workforce in the Scotland 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Fund Programmes.

We are now able to accept applications for these funded places. If you are interested in applying please complete this application form, ensuring that you meet the conditions outlined on the form itself. If you have any questions please contact: data.science.ic@uhi.ac.uk

For any further information please visit The Data Lab.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of the course you will be well suited for any role with a strong emphasis on data analysis or data science. You might also like to take dual roles within a business, marrying your underlying subject knowledge with your data science skills.

Can I progress into further study?

You may progress on to any data focussed MRes or PhD project that also makes use of your underlying subject knowledge gained through experience or undergraduate qualifications.

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