Data Science MSc - 2024/5

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey

Framework

FHEQ Level 7

Final award and programme/pathway title

MSc Data Science
MSc Data Science with Professional Postgraduate Year (Placement pathway (24 months))

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
PGDip Data Science
PGCert Data Science
PGDip Data Science with Professional Postgraduate Year
PGCert Data Science with Professional Postgraduate Year

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time PCL61001 180 credits and 90 ECTS credits
Full-time with Placement PCL71001 240 credits and 120 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Other internal and / or external reference points

N/A

Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences - Computer Science and Electronic Eng

Programme Leader

THORNE Tom (CS & EE)

Date of production/revision of spec

19/07/2024

Educational aims of the programme

  • The key educational aim of the programme is to prepare students for a variety of leading roles in data science. Such roles will involve data-intensive computing and lead to positions as data scientists, data analysts, data engineers and data architects, as well as business analysts and database administrators, with expected progression through to managerial roles involving teams of these. Creation, collection, management and analysis of data is core to a wide range of industry activities, from politics to advertising, health, finance, and numerous others.
  • The programme incorporates an optional year in industry in order to foster close engagement with the employers of data scientists. This offers an attractive proposition to employers and provides students who have completed the taught programme, and whose subsequent assessment relates to practical experience, with access to potential employers following graduation. An extension to the dissertation emphasises the importance of clear business understanding of value being derived from research and development.

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
The principles and practices of data science K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The principles and applications of data science technologies K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The professional issues involved in the exploitation of data K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The areas of emergent and innovative data science technologies K PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The key research issues in data science K PGDip, MSc
Understand, articulate, and demonstrate how to achieve the requirements of the users of data science applications C PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Research, develop, and evaluate data science methods C PGDip, MSc
Specify, design and develop solutions to complex and substantial data science problems C PGDip, MSc
The practices and business relevance of data science P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The ability to critically evaluate software systems and tools P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The capability to work as an effective member of a team P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The ability to communicate effectively with specialists and non-specialists to understand their needs P PGCert, PGDip, MSc
The ability to apply and justify appropriate ways to analyse data and present information P PGDip, MSc
The ability to plan, research, manage and implement a major project P MSc
Research and information retrieval skills T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Numeracy in both understanding and presenting cases involving a quantitative dimension T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Self-learning skills T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Succinctly present, to a range of audiences, knowledge relevant to the building, testing and deployment of a system T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Time management and organisational skills T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Effective use of specialist IT facilities T PGCert, PGDip, MSc
Continuing professional development T PGCert, PGDip, MSc

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time

This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over one academic year, consisting of 180 credits at FHEQ level 7. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.

Full-time with Placement

This Master's Degree programme is studied full-time over two academic years, consisting of 240 credits at FHEQ level 7*. All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
- Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
*some programmes may contain up to 30 credits at FHEQ level 6.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)

N/A

Modules

Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Module Selection for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

SEPTEMBER START
Semester 1 you will study these three compulsory modules:
COMM051 - DATABASE SYSTEMS
COMM053 - PRACTICAL BUSINESS ANALYTICS
COMM054 - DATA SCIENCE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES

And you will need to choose ONE of the following optional modules:
COMM037 - INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT
COMM062 - COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Semester 2 you will study these TWO compulsory modules:
COMM055 - MACHINE LEARNING AND DATA MINING
COMM034 - CLOUD COMPUTING

And you will need to choose TWO of the following optional modules:
COM3014 - ADVANCED CHALLENGES IN WEB TECHNOLOGIES
COMM050 - INFORMATION SECURITY FOR BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT
COMM061- NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING
EEEM005 - AI AND AI PROGRAMMING

Over the summer you will study the following core module:
COMM070 - MSC DATA SCIENCE DISSERTATION

FEBRUARY START
First semester (semester 2 according to the academic calendar) you will study these TWO compulsory modules
COMM054 - DATA SCIENCE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
COMM034 - CLOUD COMPUTING

And you will need to choose TWO of the following optional modules:
COM3014 - ADVANCED CHALLENGES IN WEB TECHNOLOGIES
COMM061- NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING
EEEM005 - AI AND AI PROGRAMMING

Over the summer you will study the following core module:
COMM070 - MSC DATA SCIENCE DISSERTATION

Second semester (semester 1 according to the academic calendar) you will study these three compulsory modules:

COMM051 - DATABASE SYSTEMS
COMM053 - PRACTICAL BUSINESS ANALYTICS
COMM055 - MACHINE LEARNING AND DATA MINING

And you will need to choose ONE of the following optional modules:
COMM037 - INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT
COMM062 - COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Year 1 (full-time with placement - 2 years) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Module Selection for Year 1 (full-time with placement - 2 years) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Semester 1 you will study these three compulsory modules:

COMM051 - DATABASE SYSTEMS
COMM053 - PRACTICAL BUSINESS ANALYTICS
COMM054 - DATA SCIENCE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES

And you will need to choose ONE of the following optional modules:
COMM037 - INFORMATION SECURITY MANAGEMENT
COMM062 - COMPUTATIONAL INTELLIGENCE

Semester 2 you will study these TWO compulsory modules:
COMM055 - MACHINE LEARNING AND DATA MINING
COMM034 - CLOUD COMPUTING

And you will need to choose TWO of the following optional modules:
COM3014 - ADVANCED CHALLENGES IN WEB TECHNOLOGIES
COMM050 - INFORMATION SECURITY FOR BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT
COMM061- NATURAL LANGUAGE PROCESSING
EEEM005 - AI AND AI PROGRAMMING



Year 2 (full-time with placement - 2 years) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

Module Selection for Year 2 (full-time with placement - 2 years) - FHEQ Levels 6 and 7

COMM063 - Professional Postgraduate Year (Data Science)
COMM070 - MSC DATA SCIENCE DISSERTATION



Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics Y
Professional Training Year (PTY) N
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) Y Yes
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Other information

Digital Capabilities
Strong technical skills are critical to being a data scientist and this programme provides a solid technical grounding in the practical side of data science. Modules such as Practical Business Analytics or Machine Learning and Data Mining give students experience solving technical problems with industry standard languages such as Python and R and using real world data sets wherever possible. In the Master Dissertation module, students get the opportunity to design and develop a technical solution to a problem of their choice. Digital skills are key for many industry jobs and this programme aims to develop both the foundational underpinning as well as industry ready digital skills.

Employability
This Data Science programme provides the foundational theory and practical skills that allow our students to work in a range of different industries such as tech, or finance. Wherever possible we use industry standard languages such as Python and R to provide students with the practical skills that will allow them to compete for technical data science and AI jobs. On top of this, we ensure students have an understanding of the fundamentals of data science as this will allow them to apply their knowledge to new technologies and new situations. Where possible, we work with real world problems and modules such as Practical Business Analytics will allow students to work together to solve a large scale problem in a situation similar to what would be expected of them in an industry context. This programme offers a placement option which gives students the benefit of a year working in industry to improve their employment prospects.

Global and Cultural Skills
Computer Science is a global language and the tools and languages used on this programme can be used internationally. Students learn work together in groups with other students from different backgrounds to solve a problem. These programme allows students to develop skills that will allow them to build applications with global reach and collaborate with their peers around the world.

Resourcefulness and Resilience
This programme requires practical problem-solving skills that teach a student how to reason about and solve new unseen problems starting with a problem scenario and designing and developing a complex and practical solution to the problem. A typical coursework will present a scenario with a data set (often in real world context) and ask students to develop a solution to processing and analysing the data. This requires not just technical development skills but the planning and problems-solving skill to approach a large problem, break it down into smaller chunks and solve and integrate these chunks into a working solution. We encourage an open ended nature to our practical work where possible. This encourages students to go beyond the taught material and deliver innovative solutions to large scale problems. A module such as Machine Learning and Data mining teaches students how to work in group to plan and execute a complex project. The MSc Dissertation module requires student to use these skills to take an idea concept through to implementation and write a professional report detailing their work.

Sustainability
Computers are embedded within almost every industry including industries such as energy and agriculture to enhance sustainability. As part of the MSc Dissertation module, students have the opportunity to work in many areas including supporting the UN Sustainability goals.

Quality assurance

The Regulations and Codes of Practice for taught programmes can be found at:

https://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality-enhancement-standards

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2024/5 academic year.