12 months
20350 GBP/year
9200 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


Based in the Department of Government, The MSc Social Data Science at the University of Essex supports the development of the knowledge, skills and understanding required to be an effective social data scientist. 

Visit the official programme website for more information


With modules taught in both the Department of Government and School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, it equips future social scientists with a range of skills in advanced data science and artificial intelligence that will enable them to undertake social sciences research, making use of increasingly large and complex data sets.

The close partnership with Essex County Council, Essex Police and other public sector organisations ensures the development of necessary skills to apply data science for public good within a strong academic framework.

Your future

  • All Essex politics graduates have the distinction of a qualification from one of the world’s leading politics departments.
  • The MA Social Data Science at the University of Essex can lead you to a career in a number of areas such as market research, the media, central and local government and private sector. You will develop key employability skills including analytical reasoning, research design and essay-writing.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Data Science and Decision Making
  • Data for Social Data Science

  • Information Retrieval
  • Machine Learning
  • Text Analytics
  • Natural Language Engineering

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • We recommend that you apply as soon as you are able to .


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 2.2 degree in Political Science, International Relations, International Studies, American Studies, United States Politics, Economics, Finance or Statistics.
  • OR
  • A 2.2 degree in any subject which includes study in two relevant modules. Relevant modules include, but are not limited to:
  • Comparative Political Systems
  • Constitutional Democracy
  • Contemporary World Affairs
  • Current Affairs
  • Democratic Theory
  • Econometrics

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    20350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 20350 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9200 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Colchester

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Our partners

Social Data Science
University of Essex


Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!