Data Science and Artificial Intelligence with a Year in Industry MSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 24 months  
  • Programme start: Autumn 2021
  • Entry requirements: You will need a high 2:1 Bachelors Degree with Honours (or above), and be expected to have the majority of module marks in this range, in a subject other than Computer Science (or subject closely related to Computer Science).


The MSc Data Science and Artificial Intelligence is a conversion master's, designed for students who have a first degree in a subject other than Computer Science (or a subject closely related to Computer Science), who wish to develop their knowledge and skills to start a career in the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Industry.  The course has been developed in close collaboration with a number of commercial partners including IBM to meet the skills gaps in this growing employment area.  

The University has secured funding from the UK Office For Students to offer several scholarships of £10,000 each to students studying this programme.  Find out more and apply.

More information about the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Bursary.

The course provides an introduction to the knowledge and skills required you will need to work within the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.  You have the choice of a one or two year option, with year two as a Year in Industry. 

The first year comprises of taught modules and the second year includes an industrial project as part of a paid work placement. Taught modules include introductions to the maths and programming required to work within this growth industry.

Year in Industry

Work experience is a valuable component  to help gain skilled employment.  To meet the increasing demand for MSc students to have industry experience, an optional, paid year in industry is has been built into this programme.

The placement is typically 30 weeks from September to June. During the placement year you will spend time working in a relevant company suitable for the MSc. This is an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience which will boost your CV, build networks and develop confidence in a working environment.

Although industry placements are not guaranteed, the University offers you opportunities and support throughout the process to ensure that the chance to find a placement is high.  We have a dedicated team to help you prepare and find a suitable placement and our superb links with industry means several companies work with the department to offer our MSc students competitive placements.  The University’s Careers and Employability Service will also assist you with producing a professional CV, preparing for placement interviews and finding a placement.

Why Computer Science?

Exceptional facilities and equipment

Following a recent refurbishment, our labs provide extensive state-of-the-art facilities including well equipped electrical and computing laboratories and specialist sections for research activities, as well as technical staff on hand to help and offer expert advice and support. The postgraduate labs incorporate the latest research facilities and instrumentation.

Postgraduate taught programmes

The taught components of our on campus MScs cover a range of contemporary computing topics and provide you with a strong theoretical basis, as well as develop critical analysis and practical skills.

We are also market leaders in the design, development and delivery of online Computer Science MScs. Our pioneering activities in this area offer flexible learning opportunities and group support via virtual classrooms.