Student Profiles

Industry Experience

Lancaster's Data Science programme has been developed in co-operation with Industry to give our students a great start to their Data Science careers.

Preparation for a career in Data Science is at the heart of Lancaster’s MSc. We have worked with a wide range of organisations to provide our students with insight and experience of real-world data science. Throughout their course our students have contact with representatives from Industry through group projects on live data, company talks and skills workshops. The majority of our students conclude their studies with a 3 month placement project on-site with an external organisation. The placement projects generally attract a stipend of £3,000 and provide the commercial experience that enables our graduates to stand out from the crowd. Our students have performed placement projects at Unilever, AstraZeneca, Admiral Insurance, Boots, The Co-operative Insurance and many more. Within our programme we also place emphasis on helping students develop the soft skills that will enable them to make the most of careers opportunities. In addition to our industry seminars, we work closely with students to help them present themselves to potential employers most effectively.

100% of last year's MSc Data Science students rated our placement project process as either Very Good or Excellent.

See below for former students' accounts of their placement experiences.


Ioannis Tsalamanis - Uniper Energy

Former student Ioannis Tsalamanis shares his thoughts about his placement project with Uniper Energy examining Wind Farm Efficiency.

Dom Clarke - WWL NHS Trust

Dom Clarke shares his minidiary about his project examining Accident and Emergency admissions at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust.

Hwan Lee - Astra Zeneca

Hwan Lee talks about her placement with AstraZeneca

Sean Sheehan - The Behavioural Insights Team

Seah Sheehan shares his experiences of a placement with The Behavioural Insights Team.

Michael Thomas - SITA

Michael Thomas talks about his Summer placement project with SITA.

James Leith - Sky Betting and Gaming

Former student James Leith shares his thoughts about his placement project with Sky Betting and Gaming