Applied Data Science MSc

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University of the Highlands and Islands
Start - End
13 Jan
Study Options
Full Time
GBP 5000 - 5850
Fee International
GBP 8820 - 12780

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 part-time course is delivered online, allowing you the flexibility to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments. The full-time course is delivered on campus at Inverness College UHI. Whether you prefer to study part-time or full-time, you can 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 detail about the individual modules, can be found in the student handbooks, which are frequently updated. Please select the handbook relevant to your study choice for more information:

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


Core modules are:

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


You will study the following core module:

  • Statistics 2

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

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

And one module from the second semester list:

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


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

How will I study my course?

  • 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

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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