Placement Hosts

The organisations listed below are amongst those who have hosted projects for our MSc Data Science students. We continue to create links with businesses to provide our students with opportunities to gain experience in real-world data science.

  • Admiral Insurance

    Admiral Group is one of the largest car insurance providers in the UK with businesses all over the world. It employs almost 6,000 staff in the UK and has close to 8,000 staff worldwide. It is Wales’ only FTSE 100 company with Group turnover of £1.97 billion in 2014.

  • AstraZeneca

    AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialisation of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, inflammation, autoimmune, oncology, infection and neuroscience diseases.

  • Behavioural Insights Team

    The Behavioural Insights Team is a unique company. We started life inside No.10 Downing Street as the world’s first government institution dedicated to the application of behavioural sciences.

  • Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

    The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is the UK's Centre of Excellence for integrated research in terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere.

  • Coelition

    Wearable devices, big data and the Internet of Things are poised to create a myriad of personalised services in health, wellness, commerce and leisure. These will have the potential to deliver huge benefits to individual consumers and society at large, but there are real and growing concerns that they could also open the door to Big Brother.

  • The Co-operative Insurance

    The Co-operative Insurance offers a range of home, motor and pet insurance products and likes to be at the forefront of the Insurance industry.

  • Cultura Technologies

    Cultura Technologies provides comprehensive, proven software solutions for agribusinesses to simplify data management, streamline processes, and improve business analysis and decision making.

  • Desco Analytics

    DESCO Analytics Ltd is a forward-looking, data-driven energy analytics company delivering intelligent energy management advisory services through connecting human experience with machine learning.

  • Dubit

    Dubit have always been at the forefront of technology that engages young people. From launching the first kids game world back in 1999, through to creating the first kids’ virtual reality game on Oculus Rift in 2014.

  • Framed Data

    Framed Data is a Data Science as a Service product that helps companies understand their users and improve their business.

  • Fujitsu

    Fujitsu UK and Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing 11,400 people with an annual revenue of £1.7 billion.

  • FWD Research

    FWD Research is the market research and consultancy division of FWD Group, a leading communications consultancy specialising in the Financial Services sector.

  • Gaist

    Gaist is an award winning independent professional services company specialising in asset management, project management, cost management and consulting across the infrastructure, natural resources sectors and emergency services.

  • The Hut Group

    The Hut Group designs, develops and builds bespoke proprietary software and has used data to enable us to sell and dispatch 30 million items to + 190 countries. It’s this technology and data science that took us to the top of the Sunday Times Profit Track for two consecutive years. All of our technology is engineered in-house to meet our business needs.

  • i-graduate

    i-graduate provide the global benchmark for the student experience. We deliver comparative insight to the education sector worldwide, helping institutions deliver a world-class student experience to enhance competitive advantage.


    The company leverages big data analytics to reduce the individual, economic and environmental toll of traffic congestion.

  • International Institute of Tropical Agriculture

    The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture conducts research that provides solutions to nourish Africa – our award-winning agricultural research for development (R4D) focuses on addressing hunger, poverty, and degradation of natural resources in the tropics.

  • Jagex

    Multi award-winning Jagex has been at the forefront of online games for nearly 15 years, starting with its flagship adventure title, RuneScape.

  • Lancashire County Council

    Lancashire is the second largest economy in the North West and a UK leader in numerous high-tech sectors. Boost Business Lancashire is the £7.2million ERDF-backed Lancashire Business Growth Hub led by the Lancashire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership).

  • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals

    Our purpose is to be recognised as the centre for acute and specialised hospital services in Lancashire and South Cumbria, providing the highest standards of compassionate, safe care that gives our patients a positive experience, excelling in research, innovation and teaching, developing our staff to reach their potential, and improving the health and wellbeing of our diverse communities.

  • Leyland Trucks

    Leyland Trucks is one of PACCAR's global group of businesses and is one of Britain’s leading manufacturing companies. It is PACCAR’s established centre for light and medium duty truck design, development and manufacture.

  • lyst

    Lyst partner with the world’s greatest designers and stores to bring you the world of fashion in one place.

  • Metadata Technology

    Metadata Technology was founded in 2005 by the consultants that developed the SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange) standards. The aim of the company is to provide consultancy, training, and software tools in support of SDMX.

  • Miralis Data

    At Miralis Data we use data analytics, algorithm development, modelling, simulation, artificial intelligence and machine learning to solve the key business challenges.

  • NatCen Social Research

    As Britain’s leading centre for independent social research, NatCen have over 40 years’ experience of listening to the public and making sure their voice is heard.

  • North West Ambulance Service

    North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust provides 24 hour, 365 days a year accident and emergency services to those in need of emergency medical treatment and transport.

  • Peak

    We are Peak, the pioneers of Data Analytics-as-a-Service. We help clients grow revenues and drive efficiencies within their business using the world’s first subscription-based Data Analytics service.

  • Peppersack

    Peppersack is a digital marketing and insight agency who enhance their clients’ online presence, ensure the effectiveness of their online services and provide insight into their retail customers’ behaviour.

  • Quadrangle

    Quadrangle is an award-winning research and strategy business and one of the fastest-growing companies in the research industry.

  • Raytheon

    Raytheon UK is a prime contractor and major supplier to the UK Ministry of Defence and has developed strong capabilities in mission systems integration in defence, national security and commercial markets.

  • Relative Insight

    Relative Insight turns language into data. Built on 10 years of R&D at Lancaster University, the technology was originally designed to find and track criminals online for Child Protection and Counter-Terrorism.

  • ScraperWiki

    ScraperWiki’s data scientists help customers collect data through automation, ask the right questions of their data, and also analyse it forensically.

  • Sega Hardlight

    Hardlight is part of SEGA Networks Inc, a division of SEGA Networks Co Ltd. Established in July 2012 as a division of Tokyo-based SEGA Corporation, SEGA Networks Inc is focused on publishing games for mobile and tablet devices based on SEGA’s most iconic brands in addition to the development of new intellectual properties.

  • SITA

    SITA is the communications and IT solution provider that transforms air travel through technology for airlines, at airports and on aircraft. The company’s portfolio covers everything from managed global communications and infrastructure services, to eAircraft, passenger management, baggage, self-service, airport and border management solutions.

  • Triggered Messaging

    Triggered Messaging has created a real-time digital marketing platform that allows mid-market e-commerce retailers to benefit from Amazon-esque cross-channel personalisation.

  • UCAS

    UCAS is an independent charity providing information, advice, and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression. Our services support young people making choices after their GCSEs, as well as those applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

  • Unilever

    Unilever is one of the world’s leading fast-moving consumer goods companies with products sold in over 190 countries. More than 2 billion consumers worldwide use a Unilever product on any given day.

  • Uniper

    Uniper is an energy generation and trading company based in Düsseldorf, Germany, formed in 2016 from the split of E.ON. Uniper Technologies is a science and engineering consultancy with over 1600 staff, with offices in the UK and Germany.

  • Utiligroup

    Utiligroup is a leading provider of software and managed services to the utilities sector supporting the industry operations of over 36 energy suppliers, with 3.3 million meter points managed within our managed service.

  • provides high value manufacturing supply chains with a suite of innovative software solutions that improve business and supply chain performance.

  • Walgreen Boots Alliance

    Walgreens Boots Alliance is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise in the world. Our purpose is to help people across the world lead healthier and happier lives.

  • Pavement Testing Services

    Pavement Testing Services (PTS) is the UK’s leading provider of highway infrastructure and pavement surveys, investigations and associated materials testing in their UKAS Accredited Laboratory.

  • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

    Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust is an integrated provider of hospital, community, primary and social care services, including the University Teaching Trust. Our team of 7,000 staff provide local services to the City of Salford and specialist services to Greater Manchester and beyond.

  • Yordas Group

    Yordas Group delivers innovative solutions for business, industry and government, supporting their clients to comply with chemical regulations and anticipate future business risks.

  • Cambridge Assessment

    Cambridge Assessment provides world-class qualifications, and education programmes that give learners the confidence to demonstrate and fulfil their potential. As a department of the University of Cambridge, we provide education programmes and exams in over 170 countries, offering global recognition.

  • Co-libry

    Co-libry is developing SaaS solutions, which helps you to understand each searcher for a new house individually. In order to improve the user experience, shorten sales cycles and to predict what searchers wants.

  • Privacy Hub by Datavant

    Datavant is a rapidly growing healthcare technology company with a mission to connect the world’s health data. Privacy Hub is part of Datavant and we provide independent statistical assessments for health datasets. One of our core offerings are reports that certify whether a health dataset is sufficiently de-identified to ensure that the disclosure risk of the individuals within the dataset is very small.

Contact Us

For information on how your organisation can work with the Data Science Institute, please contact Dr Simon Tomlinson below.

Simon Tomlinson

Dr Simon Tomlinson

Data Science Business Engagement Manager

+44 (0)1524 510537 A00, A - Floor, ISS Building