Fully online MSc in Data Science (Statistics) launched

A new and fully online Master of Science (MSc) in Data Science (Statistics) has been launched by the University on the online learning platform, Coursera. 

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The degree program, developed in collaboration with the School of Mathematics and the Leeds Institute for Data Analytics (LIDA), will equip learners with in-demand data skills and prepare them for careers in healthcare, environmental science, and other data-driven STEM fields. 

Professor Jeff Grabill, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education, said: “This is a fantastic example of our investment in digital technologies and commitment to grow our fully online education portfolio to benefit students around the world.  

“We have an ambitious strategy to transform learning for students, and by offering fully-online courses like this MSc in Data Science, we can give people who would never be able to step foot on campus the opportunity to experience our high-level teaching and research. 

“Our aim is to remove boundaries to learning, and digital education allows us to engage with the world in a different way - and adds to the already outstanding learning opportunities already available at the University of Leeds.” 

Data science related professions are already in high demand and likely to increase further over the next few years. In fact, it’s estimated that the global data analytics industry will grow more than 500% by 2030. Those with technical skills and qualifications, such as the MSc in Data Science, will be well positioned for the future labour market. 

The Master's offers both foundational data science courses and specialized statistics courses. Students will develop a range of skills, including proficiency in key programming languages, the ability to analyse large datasets, and an understanding of data handling and governance.  

The course includes practical projects, allowing students to demonstrate their skills to potential employers, and prepare for senior roles in business, government, and nonprofit sectors. 

It allows students to participate remotely in an interactive and engaging learning experience. Students can connect with faculty and peers through live and asynchronous online content, such as discussions, activities, and tutoring. The program also allows students to try open courses related to the degree before applying, with any progress made counting toward the full degree. 

Applications for the MSc are now open, with the first cohort beginning in January 2024. To learn more, view the course details on our website

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