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Data Science (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2023

About this course

Become a proficient data scientist with a master’s in Data Science at the University of Southampton.

You’ll study the latest techniques and technologies, including data mining, machine learning, and data visualisation. By the end of your studies, you’ll be able to develop original ideas and solve problems using advanced data science methods. You can apply what you have learned in fields such as data journalism, open government and social media.

This course is now closed to new applications for 2023 entry.  

Each year we get many high-quality applications and places for many of our courses are very competitive.  

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Data scientists help organisations handle large amounts of data produced by digital technologies. Southampton is recognised around the world as a leader in many of the topics that form our data science curriculum. We offer one of the only data science master's programmes in the UK that covers every subject needed to become a skilled data scientist in industry, government or academia.

Our module teachers use their latest research to inform their teaching in emerging topics like:

  • intelligent agents
  • computational finance
  • open data innovation
  • the science of online social networks
  • deep learning

Module options are flexible, so you can pursue your interests and adapt the programme to prepare you for your ideal career. We’ll also give you access to dedicated project labs, computer workstations, and infrastructure for large-scale analysis.

Course lead

Your course leader specialises in database systems research, with a focus on using data appropriately and effectively. Visit Dr Age Chapman’s staff profile to learn more about her work.


MSc Data Science at the University of Southampton

Data Science is one of the most exciting developments of the digital age. Professors Elena Simperl and Les Carr, along with students and employers, discuss how data science will help tackle some of the greatest challenges of our times.

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 2022 to 2023. 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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