M.Sc. On Campus

Applied Data Science

Heriot-Watt University

12 months
20200 GBP/year
7552 GBP/year
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Our Applied Data Science master's programme at Heriot-Watt University is for you if you have a degree in mathematics, engineering, physics or equivalent and want to learn about the statistical foundations and computational techniques in data science.


The Applied Data Science programme at Heriot-Watt University will provide you with a unique set of skills to address data science challenges in applications ranging from signal and image processing, communications, and robotics, to finance, ecology and complex networks: a sought-after competence in both research and industry. 

This is a joint MSc programme between the Schools of Mathematical and Computer Sciences and Engineering and Physical Sciences. The two Schools have a multidisciplinary staff team with strong expertise in the field.

Why study the MSc Applied Data Science?

  • Data scientists, data engineers and business analysts are among the most sought-after careers in 2021, and Edinburgh specifically is intended to be the ‘Data Capital of Europe’.
  • You will acquire unique interdisciplinary knowledge at the interface between the statistical foundations of data science and associated computational techniques.
  • You will be exposed to specialised data science applications from signal and image processing, communications, and robotics, to finance, ecology and complex networks.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Statistical Models
  • Statistical Machine Learning
  • Bayesian Inference and Computational Methods
  • Scalable Inference and Deep Learning 
  • Information Theory and Communications
  • Mathematical Ecology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

There is no official deadline for postgraduate applications.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will need a first or upper second-class honours degree (or its overseas equivalent) that has imparted reasonable know-how in programming and mathematics. 
  • Suitable candidates are likely to have studied a first degree in mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering or computer science. Lesser qualifications combined with relevant work experience may also be suitable.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20200 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    7552 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7552 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part time fees:

  • UK/EU: £3,776
  • Overseas: £10,100

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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