Data Science PgCert - 2021 Entry

Entry Year

Full time 12 Month(s), Part time 12 Month(s)

Course Overview

From business and finance to health and medicine, from infrastructure to societal studies, data science plays a vital role in all aspects of the modern world. The programme provides a foundation in statistical modelling and data analytical skills; the theories underpinning statistical modelling; programming; data mining and data science as process for gaining insight from data. You can study either full-time or part-time.

Upon successful completion of the modules you may wish to progress to a PGDip or an MSc in Data Science.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.



Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.



Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK £3,810 £1,905
International £8,140 £4,070

The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

Fees for EU applicants

The UK government has announced that students who will begin their course in 2021 will no longer be eligible to receive the same fee status and financial support entitlement as UK students. This also applies to those who have deferred entry until 2021. Lancaster University has confirmed that students from EU Member States in 2021-22 and later, will now be charged the same tuition fees as other non-UK students.

What are tuition fees for?

Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK or international student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

What support is available towards tuition fees?

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.

Additional course costs and information

There may be extra costs related to your course for items such as books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following your studies, you may need to pay a subscription to a professional body for some chosen careers.

Specific additional costs for studying at Lancaster are listed below.

College Fees

Lancaster is proud to be one of only a handful of UK universities to have a collegiate system. We have nine colleges in total, and every postgraduate student belongs to Graduate College, whether you live on campus or choose to commute. All students pay a small college membership fee, which supports the running of college events and activities. Once you have been accepted into Graduate College, you will receive confirmation and be required to pay the college membership fee.

For students starting in 2020 the fee is £15 for students on one-year courses, and £40 for research students. Fees for students starting in 2021 have not yet been set.

Computer Equipment and Internet access

To support your studies, you will also require access to a computer, along with reliable internet access. You will be able to access a range of software and services from a Windows, Mac, Chromebook or Linux device. For certain degree programmes, you may need a specific device, or we may provide you with a laptop and appropriate software - details of which will be available on relevant programme pages. A dedicated IT support helpdesk is available in the event of any problems.

The University provides limited financial support to assist students who do not have the required IT equipment or Broadband support in place.

Related courses


We offer an excellent range of learning environments, which include traditional lectures, computer laboratories, and workshops. We are also committed to providing timely feedback for all submitted work and projects.

Assessment varies across modules, allowing students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Assessment can include laboratory reports, essays, exercises, literature reviews, short tests, poster sessions, oral presentations and formal examinations.

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We have an excellent relationship with our students and alumni. We have received praise for our ambition, positivity and supportiveness. By providing a variety of support methods, accessible at all stages of your degree, we strive to give our students the best opportunity to fulfil their potential and attract the very best opportunities for a successful career. Our academics are welcoming and helpful. We will assign an academic advisor to you who can offer advice and recommended reading. Our open-door policy has been a popular feature among our students. We believe in encouraging and inspiring our data scientists of the future.

Your future employability

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 £60,000 per annum.

Designed with industry

If you wish to pursue a career in data science, you need to be able to demonstrate both technical knowledge, an 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.

Career options

Our programme opens the door to many possible careers, including Data scientist or data science consultant; Financial modeller; Clinical and pharmaceutical analyst; or Data technologies specialist. Our alumni have gone on to data science roles at Amazon, Deloitte, Santander, Bloomberg, The Office of National Statistics, The Environment Agency and more.

Enterprise education

Lancaster University is committed to providing its entrepreneurial students with the support they need to launch their enterprises. We understand that you may wish to start your own company as soon as possible. We offer you the opportunity to incorporate an Enterprise Project into your course, instead of a work placement. You may prefer to complete your studies with a project that will form the basis of a future enterprise, and we help you to develop your ideas.

Lifetime support

As a student at Lancaster, you will gain access to our excellent careers service, offering lifetime support, help and friendly advice. We offer lifetime support, help and advice to all of our students. This service includes one-to-one support and advice on work experience, employability skills and careers.

Scholarships and funding

For full details of the course structure and the latest module information, click to download our latest course handbook.