24 months
5918 GBP/year
5918 GBP/year
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Use the power of data to make thoughtful decisions and take impactful actions with the innovative Data Science conversion degree from University of Essex Online. This 100% online and part-time degree will provide individuals that don’t have a background in computer science with the skills to work professionally in this highly sought-after industry.

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This online MSc Data Science from University of Essex Online  will enable you to unlock the tools needed to collect and analyse data, as well as the skills required to implement this valuable knowledge in real-world scenarios. You will be given the opportunity to explore a broad range of topics and take part in collaborative projects designed to demonstrate the reality of working within this fast-paced field. 

Throughout the course, you will develop several programs and applications, with a focus on programming languages such as R, SQL and Python. You will gain a strong academic foundation which will enable you to unlock a range of careers available in this field.

Teaching methods 

We’re a 100% online education provider, so we use a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment (VLE) to deliver our teaching, resources and assessments. Our system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials. 

The VLE is accessible 24/7 and allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and live seminars.

For our MSc Data Science, there’s no need to download different software packages – all programming languages are included within the tuition fee and all work is carried out on an online development environment.

We believe you get the most out of your time spent studying when you are kept informed of your performance, and we achieve this by:

  • assessing you throughout modules rather than waiting for end of year assessments
  • showing your marks in your grade book which can be viewed whenever you log onto the virtual learning environment (VLE)

rapid turnaround on work assessed to ensure your grade book is always up to date

  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Support team

Assessment methods 

All assessments are delivered through our virtual learning environment (VLE). There is no requirement to travel to external test centres or to sit exams! Instead, you will submit assignments through the VLE, such as written reports, discussion forum participation or reflective journal entries.

We also have a policy of ensuring that the work submitted by students is authentic – we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

Why Essex Online?

Study online. Graduate on campus.

You will complete your studies and assessments 100% online and your qualification will be awarded by the University of Essex, an award-winning university with a 50-year heritage of teaching and research excellence and one of the top 30 universities in the UK (Complete University Guide 2022). Upon completing your course, you will graduate with the same certificate as campus-based students – your mode of study is only mentioned on your academic transcript.

Quality assured experience

We won the Best Online Classroom Experience Award at the Global Student Satisfaction Awards (GSSA 2021).

We stand behind the academic quality of our online courses and that’s why we offer a money back guarantee. If you decide your course isn’t for you within 21 days, we’ll give you a full refund.

  • Terms and Conditions apply. To find out more please contact our Admissions team.   

World-class academic and mentoring support 

Our online tutors are leading authorities and specialists in their respective fields. They are passionate about what they teach and combine their knowledge of industry practice with high-quality academic delivery, offering you an unparalleled learning experience.

We also have a dedicated team of Student Advisers and Study Skills Advisers that will support you from your first day to graduation. They will be on hand to help and guide you as you progress through your studies. Whatever the question or issue, they will work with you to find a solution.

Career opportunities

More data is being collected now than ever before, but there is a skills shortage in the field. Many organisations do not have employees who can extract insights from their collected data and convert that information into meaningful actions. 

This course will help you develop those skills and prepare you for roles such as Data Scientist, Big Data Analyst, Data Modeller, Business Intelligence Lead, Researcher, Qualitative Expert, Data Architect, and Data Product Manager, among others.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

The Data Professional
  • Numerical Analysis
  • Deciphering Big Data 
  • Visualising Data 
  • Machine Learning
  • Research Methods and Professional Practice*MSc Computing Project*
Core module must be passed in order to achieve the award. 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS admission requirements IELTS


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

We partnered with Aon to provide you with the best affordable student insurance, for a carefree experience away from home.

Get your student insurance now

Start from €0.53/day, free cancellation any time.

Remember, countries and universities may have specific insurance requirements. To learn more about how student insurance work at University of Essex Online and/or in United Kingdom, please visit Student Insurance Portal.

Other requirements

General requirements

At University of Essex Online, we believe that everyone should be able to access education. That is why we offer two different entry routes onto our MSc Data Science, which consider academic or work-based experience. 

Academic entry routeYou must have the following qualifications as a minimum:
  • an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification

Work experience entry route

You must meet the following criteria:
  • at least three years’ relevant work experience 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    5918 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11836 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    5918 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 11836 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • Our MSc Data Science tuition fees are the same for all students, in the UK and internationally – and it includes all teaching materials and required reading. There aren't any hidden charges for assessments or resits!
  • This tuition fee is net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process.


We offer students a range of tuition fee discounts, scholarships, and payment options for our online courses.

  • Designated for postgraduate student loans in England.
  • Monthly payment plan available for those who are self-funding.
  • Full payment discount if you pay the full course fee upfront.
  • A range of scholarships are available subject to applicants meeting certain criteria.
Please note that a maximum of two discounts or scholarships can be applied; and two scholarships cannot be applied in combination. For more information on our discounts and scholarships and to discuss your eligibility please contact our Admissions team.  

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.

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