What qualifications do you need?
We offer two entry routes into the programmes, so if you do not meet the academic requirements you may still be eligible to apply through an alternative route.
Entry Route 1 (MSc/PGDip/PGCert)
To be eligible to register for any of the Data Science programmes, you must have the following:
- A bachelor’s degree (or an acceptable equivalent) in a relevant subject which is considered at least comparable to a UK second class honours degree, from an institution acceptable to the University.
Relevant subjects include but are not limited to the following:
- Biomedical Statistics
- Business Computing
- Computer Science
- Creative Computing
- Data Science
- Games Programming
- Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
- Marketing and Finance
- Mathematics and statistics
In this exciting yet challenging programme, you will learn how to solve real world data science problems. The programme is mainly based on Python. If you do not have previous experience of programming in Python, we advise you to take our MOOC, Foundations of Data Science: K-means Clustering in Python, before you start the programme.
Entry Route 2 (MSc/PGDip/PGCert)
- A bachelor’s degree (or an acceptable equivalent) in any subject which is considered at least comparable to a UK second class honours degree, from an institution acceptable to the University.
In addition to the above, you will be required to complete an online preparatory course prior to registration. The online preparatory course, Foundations of Data Science: K-Means Clustering in Python, requires approximately 30 hours of study.
Can I transfer credits from other awards?
- If you have studied material as part of a previous qualification that is comparable in content and standard, you might be exempted from the equivalent course of our degree. This is known as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) or Credit Transfer. We recognise qualifications automatically if we have already confirmed that they meet the learning outcomes of a particular module or set of modules.
For qualifications we have not reviewed before, any recognition is classed as discretionary. If you believe a qualification you hold reflects similar learning outcomes to certain MSc modules, you can apply for this to be recognised.
If your prior learning is recognised, you could complete the MSc more quickly by studying fewer modules. For this programme the University of London may recognise your prior learning and award you credit towards the qualification up to the value of 120 UK credits.
More about Recognition of Prior Learning
English Language requirements
You need a high standard of English to study this programme. You will meet our language requirements if you have achieved one of the following within the past three years:
- IELTS: at least 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in the written test.
- TOEFL iBT: at least 92 overall, with 22+ in reading and writing and 20+ in speaking and listening.
Alternatively, you may satisfy the language requirements if you have at least 18 months of education or work experience conducted in English.
As this is a technical degree, you will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection and a minimum screen resolution of 1024x768. You will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.
More about computer requirements