Data Science

PgCert

  • Entry Year 2022
  • Duration Full time 12 Months, Part time 24 Months

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.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in Statistics, Computer Science or similar.

We may also consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for information.

If you have studied outside of the UK, we would advise you to check our list of international qualifications before submitting your application.

English Language Requirements

We may ask you to provide a recognised English language qualification, dependent upon your nationality and where you have studied previously.

We normally require an IELTS (Academic) Test with an overall score of at least 6.5, and a minimum of 6.0 in each element of the test. We also consider other English language qualifications.

If your score is below our requirements, you may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes.

Contact: Admissions Team +44 (0) 1524 592032 or email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

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

Core

Optional

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.

Fees and Funding

Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK £4,000 £2,000
International £8,570 £4,285

Scholarships and bursaries

At Lancaster, we believe that funding concerns should not stop any student with the talent to thrive.

We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover the cost of tuition fees and/or living expenses.

Assessment

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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Community

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.

Scholarships and funding

  • Alumni loyalty scholarship

    If you have graduated with a Bachelor or Master's degree from Lancaster, we offer a 10% or 20% reduction in tuition fees to all taught Master's degrees, depending on the results of the degree you graduate with.

  • Lancaster Global Scholarship

    Lancaster University will offer a scholarship of £5000 to high-achieving students who are liable for International tuition fees.

  • Lancaster Masters Scholarship

    Lancaster University will offer a £4000 scholarship to high-achieving Master's students who are liable for Home tuition fees.

  • Postgraduate loan scheme

    The UK Government offers postgraduate loans of up to £11,836 to Master's level students. A Postgraduate Master's Loan can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course.

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

Course handbook

Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2022/2023 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

More information on limits to the University’s liability can be found in our legal information.

Our Students’ Charter

We believe in the importance of a strong and productive partnership between our students and staff. In order to ensure your time at Lancaster is a positive experience we have worked with the Students’ Union to articulate this relationship and the standards to which the University and its students aspire. View our Charter and other policies.