Careers and Employability

There is a clear and continuing shortage of individuals who are able to fulfil the Data Scientist role (McKinsey, 2011).

The demand for people with data science skills is predicted to double over the next five years. This rising need is reflected in the average salary for Data Scientists, which is now £60k per annum (Figure 2).

ITJobsWatch provides a summary of the current UK job market with regards to the Data Scientist role and the salary that this commands.‌

Those wishing to pursue a career in data science need to be able to demonstrate both technical knowledge, a understanding of the role of data in modern enterprises and an ability to communicate the meaning of data. Our MSc programme has been designed in collaboration with Industry to give students the opportunity both to learn the necessary skills and to use them in real-world settings through Industry-hosted placements. A number of placements have resulted in permanent jobs for our students - please see our Case Studies page for examples of projects that have led to permanent roles.

This combination of skills and experience gained by our students helps them stand out from the crowd and start great careers in Data Science. We have been cited in The IndependentThe Guardian and Computerworld as giving real opportunities to our students.

Career Options

Our programme opens the door to many possible careers. Former students are now employed in the following roles

  • Data Scientists within companies or government agencies
  • Data Science Consultant
  • Financial Modeller
  • Clinical and Pharmaceutical Analyst
  • Data Technologies Specialist
  • Data Science and Machine Learning PhDs

Our alumni have progressed to data science roles at Amazon, Deloitte, Santander, SAS, Ernst and Young, The Co-operative Insurance, The Hut Group, Bloomberg, The Office of National Statistics, The Department for Communities and Local Government, The Environment Agency, The Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and many more organisations.