University College London Data Science
University College London Data Science
Data Science brings together computational and statistical skills for data-driven problem solving. This rapidly expanding area includes machine learning, deep learning, large-scale data analysis and has applications in e-commerce, search/information retrieval, natural language modelling, finance, bioinformatics and related areas in artificial intelligence.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- £11,800 (FT) £6,010 (PT)
- £24,140 (FT) £12,020 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in a quantitative discipline (such as mathematics, computer science, engineering, physics or statistics) from a UK university or an overseas, qualification of an equivalent standard. Knowledge of mathematical methods including linear algebra and calculus at first-year university level is required. Depending on the modules selected, students undertake assignments that contain programming elements and prior experience in a high-level programming language (R/matlab/python) is useful. Relevant professional experience will also be taken into consideration.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Good
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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The programme comprises core machine learning methodology and an introduction to statistical science, combined with a set of more specialised and advanced options covering computing and statistical modelling. Projects are offered both within UCL Computer Science and from a wide range of industry partners.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of three compulsory modules (45 credits), five optional modules (75 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).
- Applied Machine Learning (15 credits)
- Introduction to Machine Learning (15 credits)
- Introduction to Statistical Data Science (15 credits)
Students must choose 30 credits from Group One options. For the remaining 45 credits, students may choose up to 30 credits from Group Two options or up to 45 credits from Electives.
- Group One Options (30 credits)
- Advanced Deep Learning and Reinforcement Learning (15 credits)
- Birkbeck College: Cloud Computing (15 credits)
- Information Retrieval and Data Mining (15 credits)
- Introduction to Deep Learning (15 credits)
- Machine Vision (15 credits)
- Statistical Natural Language Processing (15 credits)
- Web Economics (15 credits)
- Group Two Options (up to 30 credits)
- Applied Bayesian Methods (15 credits)
- Decision and Risk (15 credits)
- Forecasting (15 credits)
- Statistical Design of Investigations (15 credits)
- Electives (up to 45 credits)
- Affective Computing and Human-Robot Interaction (15 credits)
- Bioinformatics (15 credits)
- Computational Modelling for Biomedical Imaging (15 credits)
- Graphical Models (15 credits)
- Stochastic Systems (15 credits)
- Supervised Learning (15 credits)
Please note: the availability and delivery of modules may vary, based on your selected options.
A list of acceptable elective modules is available on the Departmental page.
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000-12,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered though a combination of lectures, seminars, class discussions and project supervision. Student performance is assessed through a combination of unseen written examination, coursework (much of which involves programming and/or data analysis), practical application, and the research project.
4 MSc Scholarships, worth £4000 each, are made available by the Department of Computer Science to UK/EU offer holders with a record of excellent academic achievement. The closing date is 30 June 2017. For more information, please see the department pages.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Data science professionals are increasingly sought after as the integration of statistical and computational analytical tools becomes more essential to organisations. This is a new degree and information on graduate destinations is not currently available. However, MSc graduates from across the department frequently find roles with major tech and finance companies including:
- Google Deepmind
- Microsoft Research
- Index Ventures
- Deutsche Bank
- Morgan Stanley
Students gain a thorough understanding of the fundamentals required from the best practitioners, and the programme’s broad base enables data scientists to adapt to rapidly evolving goals.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework ranked UCL first in the UK for computer science. 96% of its research work is rated as either 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’).
UCL Computer Science staff have research interests ranging from foundational machine learning and large-scale data analysis to commercial aspect of business intelligence. Our extensive links to companies provide students with opportunities to carry out the research project with an industry partner.
The department also enjoys strong collaborative relationships across UCL; and exposure to interdisciplinary research spanning UCL Computer Science and UCL Statistical Science will provide students with a broad perspective of the field. UCL is home to regular machine learning masterclasses and big data seminars.
Department: Computer Science
Student / staff numbers › 200 staff including 120 postdocs › 650 taught students › 180 research students
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK’s higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Computer Science
96% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)
Learn more about the scope of UCL’s research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
- All applicants
- 17 June 2017
For more information see our Applications page.
What are we looking for?
When we access your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Data Science at graduate level
- why you want to study Data Science at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.