Data Science, MSc

University of Aberdeen
Program overview
12 months
Full time
Master's degree

Start dates
January 2024

September 2024

September 2024

September 2024

About this program

Data Science, MSc

There is an increasing demand for data scientists across all industry sectors, from healthcare and tech to finance, retail and beyond. This programme enables graduates of various disciplines to take advantage of the growing career opportunities in this field, by teaching the essential Computational Thinking (CT) and data analysis skills needed by employers today.

Admission requirements

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen

2:2 (lower second class) Honours degree or equivalent in any subject will be considered.

English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

Overall - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


Overall - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

Overall - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

Overall - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the provider.

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Program content

Semester 1:

Compulsory Courses

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Introduction to Data Science
  • Statistics and Time Series Analysis
  • Machine Learning

Semester 2:

Optional Courses

  • Data Visualisation
  • Advanced Statistics and Special Applications
  • Audio, Image and Video Analysis
  • Case Studies in Data Science

Semester 3:

Compulsory Courses

  • Data Science Project


Tution fee: £1,220

Career paths

The Overall objective of this programme is to create experts who can combine their mathematical modelling and programming skills with an ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams to extract knowledge and insights from data.

According to, entry-level salaries for Data Scientists range from £19,000 to £25,000. With a few years' experience you could expect to earn £30,000 to £50,000, while experienced, high-level, data scientists or contractors can earn upwards of £60,000, in some cases reaching more than £100,000.

Graduates of this programme will be well placed to pursue careers such as:

  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Data Architect
  • Data Mining Engineer
  • Data Scientist

About this institute

University of Aberdeen

Founded in 1495 by William Elphinstone, Bishop of Aberdeen and Chancellor of Scotland, the University of Aberdeen is Scotland's third oldest and the UK's fifth oldest university. William Elphinstone established King's College to train doctors, teachers and clergy for the...

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