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MSc

Data Science

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time (day) / Part-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2020
  • Course duration: One year full-time / Two years full-time with one year placement / Two years part-time

This course covers the fundamentals of Data Science including Big Data infrastructure, AI and statistical analysis and the mining of data. Development of your understanding of deriving value from the data analytics functions is also a focus of this course.

You will learn how to support organisations in improving their data capture, management and analysis processes with a focus on efficiency and profit, whilst adhering to the current highest ethical standards.

Why study this course at NTU?

This course builds on NTU’s experience of upskilling major employers in the region in the areas of data analytics and data science. Our previous experience in work-based learning prepared graduates to take innovative roles in the rapidly changing Data Science industry.

Studying takes place in our purpose-built ISTeC building, where you will have access to our specialist Data Science teaching facility and 3D imagery lab.

As there is a growing need in the UK for data science experts we’ve secured funding of £498,245 from the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Office for Students to support the development of this course and funding for scholarships. Please see the fees and funding section for more information on our current scholarships.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is subject to validation. You will be able to apply for this course once it is validated in early July 2020.

Scholarships of up to £10,000 available

Postgraduate open events: We hold postgraduate open events throughout the year. Find out more and book a place

What you'll study

You will study six modules and undertake a major research project. If you are a part-time student, you will continue to study the second year from the modules listed below.

  • Modules

    Big Data and its Infrastructure

    This module therefore introduces students to the processes, techniques and technologies businesses use to develop the IT infrastructure so that it is able to manage big data and transform it into useful business intelligence. The students will familiarise with relational and non-relational database technologies understand the utilisation of scalable computing to address the capture, storage and processing of data upon the increase in its velocity and volume.

    Software Engineering 1

    This module will develop and extend your programming skills and enhance your understanding of the efficient production of software solutions using high level software development frameworks.

    Statistical Data Analysis and Visualisation

    This module provides students with an introduction to the statistical principles and statistical methods required for the analysis of large datasets. The module introduces R programming language and its applications for initial exploration and visualisation of data and for predictive modelling.


    Deriving Business Value from Data Analytics

    This module teaches how to project-manage the data analytics function to take into account costs, benefits, risks and relevant business goals in order to deliver value from the customer perspective. Students will learn how the data analytics tool can be utilised to make decisions that optimize business objectives.


    Applied AI and Data Mining

    The overall aim of this module is to provide student with the knowledge and understanding of variety of artificial intelligence methods such as machine learning, reasoning and optimisation techniques, and how they can be used to solve real-world problems including discovering useful patterns in data (Data Mining) to assist decision making processes.


    Research Methods

    You will develop the skills of research and enquiry that will enhance your independent learning abilities and enable you to write effective project reports and technical papers.

    Major project

    On completion of the taught modules on this course you will then have the opportunity to undertake an MSc topic. This gives you 15 weeks to concentrate full time on a specialist area that interests you and apply what you have learnt to a specific problem

  • Learn a new language

    Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

    Learning a new language can:

    • Enhance your communication skills;
    • Enrich your experience when travelling abroad; and
    • Boost your career prospects.

    Find out more about the ULP.

  • How will I be supported?

    You will taught by highly experienced staff members, many of whom are involved with cutting-edge research that ensures their teaching remains at the forefront of computing technology. We are very proud to have achieved 90% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact (REF2014).

    Throughout your course you will be supported by your course leader and personal tutor, who will work with you individually. A comprehensive induction programme will provide you with essential information about the course, including access to the library and virtual learning portal.

    For students hoping to take a placement, comprehensive support and advice is also available from the School’s Placement team.

    Based at the Clifton Campus, Computing and Technology students are primarily based in the  Mary Ann Evans building and ISCTeC, which houses more than £8 million worth of high-specification electronic and communication laboratories. More about our world-class facilities can be found here.

How you’re taught

You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of software implementation, emerging technologies and large-scale computer applications. You will develop the knowledge and skills to analyse and plan a wide range of computer systems projects and carry out research in a range of advanced computing applications.

The course offers an excellent combination of theoretical studies and practical experience through coursework assignments, software development and group projects culminating in a significant and practical Masters project individually tailored to meet your career aspirations.

You will learn through:

  • Lectures
  • Guided reading supported by the University's virtual learning portal
  • Workshops and laboratories
  • Seminars
  • Case studies and project work

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • Research project
  • Written assignment
  • Case studies
  • Oral presentations
  • Coursework reports

Careers and employability

Your career development

The industry-focused nature of this course will ensure that you stand out from the crowd when it comes to job applications and pursuing your future career. Nottingham Trent University graduates are widely respected amongst employers and our students are perceived as having the competitive edge due to the hands-on approach of our teaching.

The main objective of the course is to address the Data Science industry skills needs by producing talented graduates from diverse backgrounds. A consortium of business partners pledged to support the MSc program via offering co-development, delivery and placement opportunities. The official list of project partners include:

  • Santander
  • ENSEK
  • Nottingham City Council
  • Fujitsu
  • Parexel Informatics
  • Make UK
  • Intelligent OMICS
  • Fair Way Forward Ltd (Tully)
  • AECOM
  • Uniper
  • Walgreen Boots Alliance
  • DSTL

Placement opportunities

If you've applied for the sandwich option of this course you will receive extensive help in obtaining a valuable one-year paid work placement and continued support during the placement period. This is the ideal way to get your career off to a flying start.

Please note that placements are not guaranteed and the process is competitive through an application and interview process.

For further information please visit our placements website.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a technical or scientific subject, which includes, but is not limited to, sport science, biomedical, economics, information systems and multimedia.
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.

What are we looking for?

  • A UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent in a technical or scientific subject, which includes, but is not limited to, sport science, biomedical, economics, information systems and multimedia.
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.
  • We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.
  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

How to apply

PLEASE NOTE: This course is subject to validation. You will be able to apply for this course and related scholarships once it is validated in early July 2020.

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please contact us at Ask NTU or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is subject to validation. You will be able to apply for this course and related scholarships once it is validated in early July 2020.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU Applicant Portal.

Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step by step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Course fees for September 2020 entry are:

Study route UK / EUInternational
Full-time £8,200 £15,100
Full-time with placement year £8,200 + £1,385 £15,100 + £1,385
Part-time £4,100 (for Year One*)  

* Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page and our funding page will answer all your questions.

MSc Program-funded Scholarships (Office for Students)

The Office for Students is supporting a number of scholarships of £10,000 that aim to target students from often underrepresented in these industries particularly female, black and registered disabled students.

Other underrepresented categories include: students from POLAR Q1 and Q2, e.g. care experienced students, estranged students, Gypsy / Roma / traveller students, refugees, children from military families, veterans and partners of military personnel.

You can apply for this scholarship once you have applied and an offer from NTU to study on this course had been made. Further information about applying for this scholarship will be sent once the offer is made.

The award of the Office for Students scholarship does not exclude the students from accessing other funds, including our alumni fee discount - see below.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is subject to validation. You will be able to apply for this course and related scholarships once it is validated in early July 2020.

General Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 20% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni for September 2020 entry. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on: +44 (0)115 848 2494. For scholarship help please contact us on: +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Course fees for September 2020 entry are:

Study route UK / EUInternational
Full-time £8,200 £15,100
Full-time with placement year £8,200 + £1,385 £15,100 + £1,385
Part-time £4,100 (for Year One*)  

* Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

* For a list of international fees for all courses and study routes in the School of Science and Technology please visit our postgraduate fees and funding page.


When and how to pay your fees

For advice and guidance on making secure international payments to the University please visit our international fees page.

Scholarships and other funding

If you’re an international or EU student holding an offer to study with us, you can apply for one of our international scholarships. Please visit our international scholarships page for details. You’ll also find information about EU tuition fee loans and external scholarships to study in the UK on these pages.

MSc Program-funded Scholarships (Office for Students)

The Office for Students is supporting a number of scholarships of £10,000 that aim to target students from often underrepresented in these industries particularly female, black and registered disabled students.

Other underrepresented categories include: students from POLAR Q1 and Q2, e.g. care experienced students, estranged students, Gypsy / Roma / traveller students, refugees, children from military families, veterans and partners of military personnel.

You can apply for this scholarship once you have applied and an offer from NTU to study on this course had been made. Further information about applying for this scholarship will be sent once the offer is made.

The award of the Office for Students scholarship does not exclude the students from accessing other funds and scholarships.

PLEASE NOTE: This course is subject to validation. You will be able to apply for this course and related scholarships once it is validated in early July 2020.

Advice and guidance

If you have any questions about international fees, scholarships and other funding please contact the International Development Office at international@ntu.ac.uk or + 44 (0) 115 848 8175.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418