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Data Science for Politics and Policymaking

University of Strathclyde

12 months
Duration
16000 GBP/year
7100 GBP/year
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About

The MSc in Data Science for Politics and Policymaking at the University of Strathclyde is designed to meet the growing demand for graduates with the ability to use big data to solve complex political and social problems.

Overview

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.

Careers

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  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

Key information

Duration

  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • There’s no formal closing date for postgraduate applications 

Credits

180 alternative credits

Delivered

On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    7100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7100 GBP per year during 12 months.

Rest of UK £7,100

Living costs for Glasgow

620 - 1012 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Please see website for further details.

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