Data Science (MSc)

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University of Bath
Start - End
5 Sep
Application Deadline
31 Aug
Study Options
Full Time
GBP 11700 - 11700
Fee International
GBP 26700 - 26700

Develop specialist knowledge in machine learning, statistics and software technology for a solid grounding in the theory and practice of data science.

Data science drives a significant proportion of global economic activity from healthcare to finance and technology. It's influencing scientific progress across numerous fields including bioscience, energy and telecommunications. This course provides you with the tools and strong mathematical foundation to become an industry expert. You'll gain an understanding of the balanced combination of science and technology required for delivering effective data science.

Course highlights

Project examples

The research expertise in the department allows for a wide-range of subjects for your final project. Recent examples from Data Science students include:

  • Deep learning in high frequency financial trading
  • Spatiotemporal timing predictions in areas with a low density of public transport

Career prospects

After graduation, you’ll be well placed to progress into a variety of careers in data science, from large-scale established commercial enterprises to innovative technology start-ups. You will also have acquired the essential foundation for further postgraduate study and research within related fields. Recent graduate roles include Data Scientist, Machine Learning Developer, Python Developer and Software Engineer.

Course structure

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Semester 1

  • Applied data science
  • Statistics for data science
  • Machine learning 1
  • Software technologies for data science

Semester 2

  • Applied data science
  • Machine learning 2
  • Research project preparation
  • Plus optional units


  • Dissertation

Optional course units

These are examples of optional units currently being studied by our students.

  • Bayesian machine learning
  • Reinforcement learning


Going on placement gives you the opportunity to apply your skills and knowledge during a year working in industry. You’ll be employed full-time in a role to match your future career ambitions, broadening your experience and transferable skills.

We have links with companies of all sizes from household names to start-ups. Recent placements include positions at Rolls-Royce Motorcars, Seagate, Bosch, Cognisses and Imagination Technologies.

Placement opportunities can't be guaranteed but you will receive tailored support from our specialist team to help you secure a placement.

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