The Data Science for Politics and Policymaking course at the University of Strathclyde is perfectly suited to those looking for careers in political campaigns, think tanks, interest groups associated with shaping public policy and the civil service.
This Masters level course equips you with the ability to design, commission, and implement projects that capture and analyse large quantities of online data from a diverse set of sources. It combines advanced training in social science research design and policy analysis with classes that allow you to understand the mechanics behind capturing and organising large amounts of data.Government & Public Policy modules will have their own methods of assessment appropriate to the nature of the material. These include written assignments, blogs, podcasts, practical team projects, presentations, individual projects, and exams. Most modules involve more than one method of assessment to help you realise your potential. These account for two thirds of the total assessment. Your dissertation, produced over the summer, accounts for one third of the total assessment.
The world is in the midst of a 'big data' revolution, with many companies and organisations seeking personnel who are able to interpret datasets that often appear as by-products of human-computer interaction.
Political campaigns, think tanks and interest groups associated with shaping public policy, and the civil service increasingly need graduates with the ability to design, commission, and implement projects that capture and analyse large swaths of online data from a diverse set of sources.
The expert training you will receive on this degree is in high demand as graduates of data analytics programmes often do not have the research design skills necessary to ensure successful project implementation while those trained in policy analysis lack the skills necessary to analyse the newer types of large, disconnected datasets that now are possible to mine. This course provides you with both skill sets.
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- Principles of Research Design
- Qualitative Methods
- Big Data Technologies
- Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues for the Information Society
- Machine Learning for Data Analytics and Database Fundamentals
- Welfare Concepts and Ideas
- Public Policy
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
- There’s no formal closing date for postgraduate applications
DisciplinesInformatics & Information Sciences Data Science & Big Data Political Science View 229 other Masters in Informatics & Information Sciences in United Kingdom
- First or upper second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in social science. Students with a lower class of degree will be considered if there is evidence of work and/or life experience related to the content of the degree. You do not need to have prior experience in computer science.
International16000 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 16000 GBP per year during 12 months.
National7100 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 7100 GBP per year during 12 months.
Rest of UK £7,100
Living costs for Glasgow
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There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Please see website for further details.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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