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Data Analytics for Government (MSc)

Master of Science
Typical Offer
2:1 degree View full entry requirements
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2020

About this course

Develop the specialist skills and knowledge to carry out official statistics work on this 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 already working in official statistics or a similar analytical profession. 

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. 

Please note that some of the modules on this course are taught at the ONS office in Newport, Wales.

Flexible study

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

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years

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 programme specification

The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.

In light of COVID-19, we’ve made changes to some elements of course delivery for 2020-21. For details as to how this has changed delivery for this course, please view the Addendum to the Programme Specification PDF.