Applied Statistics with Data Science (online) MSc

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University of Strathclyde
Start - End
5 Sep
Study Options
GBP 3850 - 3850

This is a conversion course, designed for candidates from a broad background of disciplines. Students will gain skills in:

  • problem-solving
  • big data technologies
  • the use of statistical software for data analysis and reporting
  • Python and R programming for data analysis
  • cloud storage systems

Programme skillset

On the online Applied Statistics with Data Science MSc programme you'll have the opportunity to acquire:

  • an in-depth knowledge of modern statistical methods used to analyse and visualise real-life data sets, and the experience of how to apply these methods in a professional setting, including working with big data sets
  • skills in using statistical software packages used in government, industry and commerce
  • the ability to interpret the output from statistical tests and data analyses, and communicate your findings to a variety of audiences including health professionals, scientists, government officials, managers and stakeholders who may have an interest in the problem
  • problem-solving and high numeracy skills widely sought after in the commercial sector
  • practical experience of statistical consultancy and how to interact with professionals who require statistical analyses of their data
  • skills in working with big data technologies including programming in Python and R
  • knowledge of cloud-based storage for large data sets

What you'll study

In addition to compulsory classes, there are a range of elective classes, meaning you can tailor the course in line with your career interests.

Year 1

You'll take modules to equip you with fundamental statistical and data analysis skills.

Year 2

Compulsory modules with a focus on big data are undertaken, as well as elective modules, which allows you to tailor the course to your own interest areas.

Year 3

You'll undertake a research project in which you'll work on a real-life data set, putting the theoretical skills you have learned into practice.


On successful completion of the MSc, students may be eligible for GradStat status. This may be awarded by submitting a transcript to the Royal Statistical Society as part of the evidence of meeting RSS GradStat criteria.

Learning & teaching

Classes are delivered using the MyPlace online teaching environment hosted by the University of Strathclyde.

You’ll learn through video lectures, interactive sessions, independent reading of articles and texts and discussion forums.

On average you'll study five hours of online material per week plus additional self-study. You’ll also have regular assistance from dedicated tutors who'll interact and communicate with you through online forums and email.

You'll be part of a community of students working collaboratively to share and enhance learning.


  • The form of assessment varies for each class and are all undertaken online
  • For most classes, the assessment involves both coursework and examinations
  • Coursework will typically involve a project where you'll analyse data, write code, interpret statistical outputs and produce a report
  • Group work may be undertaken in some classes

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