About this course
Develop the analytic and professional skills for success in the data science on this Data & Decision Analytics MSc. You’ll learn advanced level mathematical modelling, statistical analysis, and computation.
Due to high demand, this course is now closed to international applicants. We have a range of other related postgraduate courses that you may want to consider. The course remains open for UK and EU applicants. Not sure if you are an international applicant? Check our fee status page.
This UK master’s course will give you the skills and knowledge to make better decisions based on data. There is also a strong focus on real work experience, with opportunities for summer projects in a range of industries.
Through this degree you’ll learn:
- programming skills in R and in Python
- advanced theory and methods of applied statistics
- practical application of operational research
- modelling of deterministic and stochastic systems
- industry career skills working on a project with an external organisation
You'll take on 3-month summer project which can be in operational research, statistics, data science or a combination of each. This is excellent preparation if you want to go onto a PhD in one of these areas.
There are 2 options for this project:
- The opportunity to compete for a 3-month project with an external organisation
- An internal project linked to the latest research led by one of our academics
You'll also get the chance to meet with the CORMSIS Business Advisory Board which is represented by major companies including; Tesco, Shell, British Airways and HM Revenue & Customs. They ensure this MSc continues to be fresh and relevant to the needs of employers, so you’ll have excellent employment prospects.
The leader for this course is Dr Hou-Duo Qi, who’s current research interest is on matrix optimisation with applications in finance and statistics. Examples include the (low-rank) nearest correlation matrix problem from finance and convex quadratic semidefinite programming in multidimensional scaling. Find out more on Dr Hou-Duo Qi’s staff profile page.
This course is based at Highfield.
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.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in a subject that involves some quantitative training, such as:
- computer science
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COVID-19: we've made some changes to the structure of the course for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
This is a full-time MSc which runs over 12-months from September to the following September. There are 2 semesters of taught material. You’ll then complete an MSc project (usually in the summer).
In semesters 1 and 2 you'll study a combination of modules that everyone on the course must study, and additional modules you'll get to choose from a range of options. These will provide you with the necessary foundations in operational research and statistics.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our modules for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
You'll be able to choose modules from a broad range of topics, so that you can specialise in operational research, statistics, or data science (or choose a balanced portfolio of options).
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
COVID-19: we've made some changes to our learning and assessment methods for this academic year. Download the programme specification addendum in 'About this course' to learn more.
The learning activities for this course include:
- careers talks from external organisations
- employability skills training
- computer programming
- collecting and analysing data
- using IT for optimisation, simulation, and statistical software
- individual and group projects
We’ll assess you through:
- coursework and essays
- a dissertation
- group essays
- individual and group projects
- written exams
You'll need to submit a dissertation on your project work soon after the end of the taught period of study. You'll be required to complete their work by the middle of September.
Your contact hours will vary depending on your module/option choices. Full information about contact hours is provided in individual module profiles.
Data science has seen an unparalleled expansion as the data-driven economy grows. Having a good understanding of the process of deriving actionable insights from data opens-up a huge amount of career options.
Increasingly organisations require skilled professionals who can handle large datasets and managers who can utilise the resulting analysis to make impactful decisions. The nature of the work brings MSc Data and Decision Analytics graduates into early contact with senior management which can offer opportunities for rapid career advancement.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £18,812.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
International Postgraduate Taught Merit Scholarship
You are eligible for this scholarship if you:
are an international student who hasn’t taken a master's with us before
are enrolling to start a master's in September 2020
gained a 1st class honours degree at undergraduate level
If you meet these criteria you’ll be awarded an automatic £3,000 scholarship. This will mean a £3,000 reduction in your tuition fees. We’ll confirm your scholarship in your offer letter.
Unfortunately this offer isn’t open to UK / EU students.
This course is part of the Shared Scholarship Scheme, an initiative between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UK universities to support students from developing commonwealth countries.
You may be eligible for this scholarship if you are:
- from a developing commonwealth country
- would not be able to study a master’s degree in the UK
Other postgraduate funding options
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll tell you if you're successful 3 weeks after the deadline of the round that you applied in.
We'll typically make one of four decisions. We will:
- offer you a place on this course
- offer you a place on a different course which we believe suits you better
- tell you that your application will be considered a second time in the next round of applications
- tell you that your application isn't successful
If we make you an offer, you will need to:
- accept it within 30 working days
- pay a deposit within 32 working days
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000