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Data Analytics for Government (MSc)

Master of Science
2 to 5 years
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2022

About this course

Develop the specialist skills and knowledge to carry out official statistics work on this flexible Data Analytics for Government MSc at the University of Southampton. Learn the survey methods and social data analysis skills to work for the UK government, an overseas government, or a non government organisation conducting large-scale statistical or analytical work.  

This UK social data science master’s course is ideal if you are currently working in official statistics or the Government Statistical Service (GSS). You can choose to study part time over 2 to 5 years or full time over 1 year.

You'll strengthen and update your professional skills and knowledge of survey methods, data science and data analysis. 

Compulsory topics you’ll cover include: 

  • the use of statistical software, such as R and Python, for data manipulation, analysis and simulation 
  • dealing with administrative and big data sources 
  • the scope and organisation of official statistics 
  • statistical acts and codes and practice 

You’ll be able to fit the course to your personal interests or career plans through a range of specialist optional modules.

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a full-time master's - study the same course content over 1 year

You can also choose to study any of the course modules as part of continuing professional development (CPD). If you later apply for the part-time master's, you can transfer up to 4 modules onto your academic record as part of the Recognition of Prior Learning scheme. Explore modules that are available as CPD.

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

Course lead

Your course leader is Paul Smith, Professor of Official Statistics. He is a member of the Royal Statistical Society, and has a special interest in sampling and estimation methods in government surveys. Read Professor Smith’s staff profile to find out more about his work. 

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2021 to 2022. We're working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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