MSc/PGDip Data Science

Make discoveries in data and bring value to businesses and organisations. With a postgraduate degree in Data Science, you can enhance your existing computing knowledge, or gain new skills that can help you secure a role in one of the fastest-growing employment fields in the digital economy.

Developed as one of the UK's first postgraduate conversion courses in this field, our BCS-accredited degree is designed to equip graduates and professionals from a wide range of disciplines and with a demonstrable mathematical aptitude, with analytical knowledge and applied programming skills.

Available with full and part-time study routes, the course provide learners with specialist data science knowledge to apply in a wide range of sectors, including healthcare, commerce, professional services and the built environment. Start dates are available each January and September.

The University of Salford is a leading regional study centre for computer science - and a great place for you to further your data science journey. We are excited to be part of the GM Cyber Foundry, the Greater Manchester city region's blueprint to be a global leader in cyber and digital research and intelligence.

You will:

  • Develop an awareness of the latest developments in advanced databases, data mining and big data tools such as Hadoop
  • Gain SAS certification while you study through our partnership with the SAS Student Academy
  • Work with real-world messy data and gain experience across the data science stack
  • Explore 'Big Data', machine learning and data visualisation


Demand for data scientists outstrips supply and the is continued demand for qualified, talented graduates across many global industries. With this qualification, you’ll be equipped with the skill set and technical knowledge relevant for the data science and big data job market.


Salford leads an industrial liaison committee to gain advice on our computing programmes and course content. Companies involved in this initiative include Web Applications UK, AutoTrader, Cooperative, DAI and FastWebMedia - a mixture of companies who rely on IT and data for their operations. This diversity ensures we understand industry needs from multiple perspectives and helps us to nurture graduates with strong employability and transferable skill sets.

Students can also exit with PGDip awards.

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  • Compulsory modules
  • Advanced Databases
  • Big Data Tools and Techniques
  • Machine Learning and Data Mining
  • Applied Statistics and Data Visualisation
  • MSc Project
  • £17,550 Per Year

    International student tuition fee

    1 Year


    Sep 2024

    Start Month

    Aug 2024

    Application Deadline

    Upcoming Intakes

    • September 2024

    Mode of Study

    • Full Time