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Data Analytics for Government

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Data Analysis

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

The MSc Data Analytics for Government (MDataGov) at the University of Southampton provides an opportunity to study a range of topics highly relevant to modern work in government statistics. This course provides an introduction to data analytics alongside statistical topics from Southampton’s highly acclaimed MSc in Official Statistics.

Introducing your degree

The MSc Data Analytics for Government programme is designed to provide you with the specialist skills and knowledge which are central to conducting professional statistical work within government. The aim of the programme is to equip you with the skills you need to develop a career as a Statistician, Data Analyst or similar allied profession in an Official Statistics or analytical environment. Many of the skills taught on the programme, such as survey methods and data analysis, are also in great demand by employers outside of government who are conducting large-scale statistical work.

The programme is designed to provide you with the specialist skills and knowledge which are central to the conduct of professional statistical work in government. The primary target audience comprises those currently employed in the UK Government Statistical Service and similar analytical professions or equivalent organisations overseas.

Through full-time study, the programme aims to strengthen and update your professional skills and knowledge. Many of the skills taught on the programme, such as survey methods, data science and data analysis, are also in great demand by employers outside government and the programme provides relevant training for professional positions in a wide range of organisations conducting large-scale statistical work.

The modular structure of the programme enables you to tailor your individual scheme of study to your other commitments.

All qualifications are awarded by the University of Southampton and are subject to the same academic standards as other certificates, diplomas and MSc degrees at the University. Teaching takes place primarily at the University of Southampton, and is delivered by experienced personnel from both universities and government.

The MSc comprises an instructional component and a dissertation based on supervised research. The instructional component requires the completion of 4 compulsory modules and 8 option modules. The Certificate requires the completion of 6 modules, 4 of which are specified compulsory modules. Each module is taught over a one week period. Some modules consist of four days of full-time study over Monday to Thursday, while others may use all five days of the week for formal teaching.

Formal teaching includes lectures, discussion sessions with the presenters, time for private study and, for certain modules, computer-based workshops. There will also be an opportunity for you to continue with private study on the Friday for the four-day modules, with access to computing and library facilities as required. The presenter will provide a feedback session on the Friday to discuss any issues arising from your private study.

Different course options

Full time | Highfield Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

SEP-20

Modules

The module will support students in carrying out independent research on a topic of their choice within the field of Official/Social Statistics.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£9,000

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£9,351

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Expected entry requirements It is normally expected that you will have the equivalent of at least a Second Class Honours Degree with some exposure to statistical methods and usually be employed in the area of Official Statistics. In some circumstances previous relevant professional experience will also be taken into consideration. Quantitative subjects such as Geography, Psychology, Population Sciences, Economics/ Econometrics, Statistics, and Mathematics. Students who have a degree with no statistical content will be required to show that they have the necessary background knowledge up to the level of the Royal Statistical Society Higher Certificate in Statistics. In addition, an introductory revision module covering basic Mathematics and Statistics is run every September to help students prepare for post-graduate study, and students are strongly encouraged to attend this module. Quantitative subjects such as Geography, Psychology, Population Sciences, Economics/ Econometrics, Statistics, and Mathematics. Students who have a degree with no statistical content will be required to show that they have the necessary background knowledge up to the level of the Royal Statistical Society Higher Certificate in Statistics. In addition, an introductory revision module covering basic Mathematics and Statistics is run every September to help students prepare for post-graduate study, and students are strongly encouraged to attend this module.

University information

The University of Southampton has a long history of tradition, prestige and success, having just celebrated 100 years of its Highfield Campus. A founding member of the Russell Group of research-intensive universities, the University is ranked in the Top 20 UK universities in the Complete University Guide, 2020 and is also a three-times winner of the Queen's Anniversary Prize. The University is spread across five campuses in Southampton,...more

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