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MSc Data Analytics for Government (1 year)

The MSc Data Analytics for Government (MDataGov) at the University of Southampton provides an opportunity to study a range of topics highly relevant to modern work in government statistics. This course provides an introduction to data analytics alongside statistical topics from Southampton’s highly acclaimed MSc in Official Statistics

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Introducing your degree

The MSc Data Analytics for Government programme is designed to provide you with the specialist skills and knowledge which are central to conducting professional statistical work within government. The aim of the programme is to equip you with the skills you need to develop a career as a Statistician, Data Analyst or similar allied profession in an Official Statistics or analytical environment. Many of the skills taught on the programme, such as survey methods and data analysis, are also in great demand by employers outside of government who are conducting large-scale statistical work.

Overview

The programme is designed to provide you with the specialist skills and knowledge which are central to the conduct of professional statistical work in government. The primary target audience comprises those currently employed in the UK Government Statistical Service and similar analytical professions or equivalent organisations overseas.

Through full-time study, the programme aims to strengthen and update your professional skills and knowledge. Many of the skills taught on the programme, such as survey methods, data science and data analysis, are also in great demand by employers outside government and the programme provides relevant training for professional positions in a wide range of organisations conducting large-scale statistical work.

The modular structure of the programme enables you to tailor your individual scheme of study to your other commitments.

All qualifications are awarded by the University of Southampton and are subject to the same academic standards as other certificates, diplomas and MSc degrees at the University. Teaching takes place primarily at the University of Southampton, and is delivered by experienced personnel from both universities and government.

The MSc comprises an instructional component and a dissertation based on supervised research. The instructional component requires the completion of 4 compulsory modules and 8 option modules. The Certificate requires the completion of 6 modules, 4 of which are specified compulsory modules.  Each module is taught over a one week period. Some modules consist of four days of full-time study over Monday to Thursday, while others may use all five days of the week for formal teaching.

Formal teaching includes lectures, discussion sessions with the presenters, time for private study and, for certain modules, computer-based workshops. There will also be an opportunity for you to continue with private study on the Friday for the four-day modules, with access to computing and library facilities as required. The presenter will provide a feedback session on the Friday to discuss any issues arising from your private study.

For part-time students all 12 modules must be completed by no later than the end of semester two in the fourth year of registration. The Certificate requires completion of the 6 modules within two years.

You may find that there are periods of time when you are unable to study, for example if you are on secondment abroad or if you are on maternity leave. During such periods, it is possible to apply for your registration to be suspended. The four years maximum duration of registration for the completion of the 12 modules excludes any periods during which registration is suspended.

Subject to agreement, there may also be an option to undertake two further modules and a placement. Successful completion of these (including their assessments) in addition to the MSc can lead to the European Masters in Official Statistics (EMOS) award from Eurostat.

Your contact hours will vary depending on your module/option choices. Full information about contact hours is provided in individual module profiles.

View the programme specification for this course for 2018/19 entrants

View the programme specification for this course for 2019/20 entrants

To Apply

You should apply using the University's online application form. Find more details on our Apply page.

References
For all applications, two academic references are required. Unfortunately, we cannot consider applications until we have received both references.

Programme Structure

The instructional part of the programme consists of 4 compulsory modules and 8 option modules that run in one-week slots throughout the academic year. Most modules take place at the University of Southampton, although some are run in Newport at the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Option modules are rotated in a 3-year cycle, so not all the option modules are available in each year.

The programme is offered full-time for students wishing to take the programme within a single year; all compulsory modules are available each year, but only the optional modules which are scheduled to be taught during that particular year will be available. The instructional component must be completed within 1 academic year. Thus the maximum duration of full-time registration is one year.

You may undertake a period of supervised research for a Master’s dissertation in an area related to the programme. It is expected that this will be completed within the three months following your formal completion of the instructional component. The dissertation should be between 15,000-20,000 words in length.

The University will be seeking accreditation of the MSc in Data Analytics for Government as a programme in the European Masters in Official Statistics. The terms of this are to be agreed, but will probably include some additional modules, and a placement (whose place will normally be taken by your dissertation as long as it is on a work-related topic). The placement is assessed in STAT6112 Workplace experience in Official Statistics – reflective essay).

Key Facts

We have a strong record of research on official statistics, with large research contracts currently held with the UK and EU government statistical agencies, and we are heavily involved in EU Framework research projects.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Expected entry requirements

It is normally expected that you will have the equivalent of at least a Second Class Honours Degree with some exposure to statistical methods and usually be employed in the area of Official Statistics. In some circumstances previous relevant professional experience will also be taken into consideration.

Quantitative subjects such as Geography, Psychology, Population Sciences, Economics/ Econometrics, Statistics, and Mathematics.

Students who have a degree with no statistical content will be required to show that they have the necessary background knowledge up to the level of the Royal Statistical Society Higher Certificate in Statistics. In addition, an introductory revision module covering basic Mathematics and Statistics is run every September to help students prepare for post-graduate study, and students are strongly encouraged to attend this module.

Selection process

For all applications, two academic references are required. Unfortunately, we cannot consider applications until we have received both references.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

Option modules will be available in cycles, whose length may vary according to the popularity of an option. All option modules will be made available at least once every three years.

Year 1

Compulsory
STAT6114Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
STAT6103Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
STAT6088Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
STAT6116Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
Optional
DEMO6020Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
STAT6089Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
STAT6091Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
STAT6096Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
STAT6095Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
STAT6087Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
10
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
STAT6113Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
60

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Data Analytics for GovernmentMSc 2019Full-time£9,000£9,000
Data Analytics for GovernmentMSc 2019Part-time£3,150£3,150
Data Analytics for Government years 1 & 2 (19/20 & 20/21)MSc 2019Part-time£3,150£3,150
Data Analytics for Government year 3 (21/22)MSc 2019Part-time£2,000£2,000
Data Analytics for Government year 4 (22/23)MSc 2019Part-time£700£700
View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Explore funding opportunities

Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

The programme is designed to provide you with the specialist skills and knowledge which are central to the conducting professional statistical work within government. The primary target audience consists of those currently employed in the UK Government Statistical Service or equivalent organisations overseas.

Through full-time study, the programme is aimed at enabling this audience to strengthen and update their professional skills and knowledge. Many of the skills taught on the programme, such as survey methods and data analysis, are also in great demand by employers outside government and it is intended that the programme provides relevant training for professional positions in a wide range of organisations conducting large-scale statistical work.

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

Hartley Library

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