M.Sc. On Campus

Data Science and Public Policy (Political Sciences)

12 months
29400 GBP/year
29400 GBP/year
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The Data Science and Public Policy (Political Sciences) program, the first degree to be co-taught by University College London (UCL) Economics and Political Science, will equip a new generation of policymakers to solve the biggest problems in today's society through data science.


The rapid expansion and increased availability of quantitative data in recent years provides policymakers with both important opportunities and great challenges. The vast size and complexity of digital information has the potential to improve how we understand, design, implement, and evaluate effective public policy. However, translating this wealth of information into useful insight requires a deep understanding of cutting-edge data-science methods, rich technical skills, and detailed knowledge about economic and political processes.

This Data Science and Public Policy (Political Sciences) program at University College London (UCL) will provide you with intensive training in applied data-science methods, computer programming, statistics, and machine learning, with a focus on applying these tools to questions in public policy. You will also take specialised modules in political science and economics through which you will develop a strong understanding of key issues in public policy formation, development and analysis. The programme features a combination of compulsory modules and options, enabling you to chart your own path.


The programme is designed to teach you the knowledge and skills required to provide insight into important questions in public policy using advanced statistical methods. A series of in-depth substantive modules, delivered by economists and political scientists, will provide you with the analytical tools to think deeply about important questions in policymaking. The methodological training will enable you to understand and, crucially, apply cutting-edge quantitative methods to real-world problems. Our research-based curriculum promotes a variety of research skills, which will enable you to understand, and contribute to, quantitative analyses of public policy.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Statistical Learning for Public Policy
  •  Statistical Programming for Social Data Science
  •  Dissertation
  •  Data, Evidence and Public Policy
  •  Politics of Public Policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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    • We recommend you apply as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university; or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. All applicants must provide evidence of successfully completing at least one module in quantitative methods, statistics, data science or econometrics during their Bachelor's degree.

Tuition Fee

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    29400 GBP/year
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    29400 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 29400 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 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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