Data Science and Artificial Intelligence MSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months  
  • Programme start: January 2021 or 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 eight scholarships of £10,000 each to students studying this programme.  Find out more and apply.

Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Bursary FAQs

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

Revised programme structure for January starters:

Semester 1 (starting on 18 January 2021)

Compulsory modules:
Research Methods in Computer Science (COMP516)
Programming Fundamentals (COMP517)
Maths and Statistics for AI and Data Science (COMP533)
Optional modules:
Database and Information Systems (COMP518)
Web Programming (COMP519)

Semester 2

Compulsory modules:
Data Mining and VIsualisation (COMP527)
Applied Artificial Intelligence (COMP534)
Optional modules:
Machine Learning and Bioinspired Optimisation (COMP532)
Computational Intelligence (COMP575)


MSc Project (COMP702)

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.