This knowledge is vital. Computer science is driving our digital transformation; it is at the forefront of scientific discovery and the heart of economic growth. Utilising society’s wealth of data requires people who can blend research, technology and ingenuity.
Aimed at aspiring data scientists – the sought-after, high-ranking professionals of big data – this course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), the Chartered Institute for IT. The degree has been designed for graduates of computer science and its related disciplines, as well as IT professionals and data analysts.
With the exponential growth of data being produced and the rise of automation in the workplace, our MSc Data Science and Advanced Computing course aims to meet the high demand for skilled data scientists and Artificial Intelligence (AI) specialists. The UK Government's Digital Strategy has predicted that within 20 years, 90 per cent of all jobs will require some element of digital skills, making our graduates highly valued and sought-after.
Your studies will be supported by access to dedicated facilities, which include:
a rich software catalogue, plus modern PC rooms with 120 workstations
special-purpose hardware for embedded applications for VR headsets
professional graphic cards
a High-Performance Computing cluster for large-scale data processing.
Our location also means you’ll be ideally placed to connect directly with some of the biggest companies in the industry. Several of these companies are actively involved in the development and review of this course. Companies currently participating in our Industrial Advisory Board include Sony, Microsoft and IBM.
Big data analytics. Applications include remotely sensed data analysis and interpretation, weather forecasting, and communication data stream analysis.
Computational vision. Applications include visual surveillance, border control and security, machine learning for image and video-based prediction and classification.
Cloud computing. Applications include data security and network security.
IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent)
Entry requirements: Normally at least a high 2.2 honours degree, or equivalent from a university outside the UK, in computing or a related discipline (including, but not limited to, mathematics, engineering, physics, chemistry, economics), or relevant work experience. You must have some experience of programming.
Gain knowledge of the concepts and design principles for big data analytics and advanced computing platforms. You will also be encouraged to develop a set of professional skills, such as software development documentation, technical reporting writing, and project management.
Gain knowledge of the legal and ethical aspects related to data, including how laws differ across national boundaries; and how ethics can help us understand how to behave at an individual level, as well as how to formulate suitable policies at a company or institutional level.
Define and execute a piece of research on a specific topic of your choice, with direction from an academic supervisor, and effectively communicate your findings in an appropriate form.
Please note that all modules are subject to change. Please see our modules disclaimer for more information.
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £9,500 per year
New international students: £20,600 per year
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Careers for MSc Data Science and Advanced Computing
The MSc Data Science and Advanced Computing course offers strong career prospects in a world where digital information penetrates almost every aspect of society.
The knowledge and skills you will acquire are relevant to the IT and high-tech industries, as well as the majority of industrial and scientific domains.
Benefit from our close links with industry neighbours, and our location at the centre of a major high-technology hub. The headquarters of companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco Systems, Hewlett Packard (HP) and Intel are all within a few miles of our main campus. Local tech employers also visit our Department to deliver guest lectures and attend job fairs.
Our graduates are employed in a wide variety of sectors, including finance and government. Some have gone on to work for consultancies or multinational companies, while others have furthered their research at Reading or other institutions.
Read more about where our MSc Data Science and Advanced Computing graduates are now
Fabio Cappello went on to join the research and development department of Sony Interactive Entertainment.