Data Science and Machine Learning MSc

London, Bloomsbury

Become a changemaker in the world of data science and machine learning through one of the most established Master’s programmes in this field. The Data Science and Machine Learning MSc offers opportunities to study modules that span from artificial intelligence and deep learning to digital finance and probabilistic modelling, enabling you to craft a future career in a range of fields.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
£19,300
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
£37,500
Duration
1 calendar year
Programme starts
September 2024
Applications accepted
Applicants who require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 05 Apr 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Applicants who do not require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 30 Aug 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree (or international qualification of an equivalent standard) in a highly quantitative subject such as computer science, mathematics, engineering, physicals, or statistics. Additionally, applicants must have knowledge of mathematical methods including linear algebra, calculus, probability and statistics at least at the level taught in the first year of a UK university undergraduate programme in the mathematical sciences. Relevant work experience may also be considered. Depending on the optional modules selected, students undertake assignments that contain programming elements and prior experience in a high-level programming language (e.g., Python) is useful.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

As machine learning changes the face of processes in industry and society, data science is helping these new technologies constantly improve. This programme provides you with an opportunity to gain a deep skillset in both fields and beyond, enabling you to carve out a successful career in industry or further research.

Run in collaboration with UCL Statistical Science, you will benefit from the world-class research and teaching talents from across computer science and statistics. You will study a range of modules that enable you to gain an extensive understanding of key elements of machine learning, computer science and data science. With the ability to choose from a selection of optional modules, including one taught in collaboration with Google’s DeepMind, you will have the opportunity to build your degree according to your interests and learn from leading experts in many related fields. You will also undertake a project during the summer term, either working on an industry or academic research project.

On successful completion of the programme, you will become part of the next generation of machine learning and data science experts with the ability to apply your knowledge to a range of sectors.

Who this course is for

The programme provides a sound basis for those embarking on a career in research or development or taking up positions within industries where machine learning is currently applied or will be applied in the future, such as finance, banking and insurance, retail and web-commerce, pharmaceuticals, computer security and web search.

What this course will give you

UCL is ranked 9th globally in the latest QS World University Rankings (2024), giving you an exciting opportunity to study at one of the world's best universities.

UCL Computer Science is recognised as a world leader in teaching and research. The department was ranked 1st in England and 2nd in the UK for research power in Computer Science and Informatics in the UK's most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2021). You will learn from leading experts at the forefront of computer science innovation.

The programme team takes an experimental approach to our subject, enjoys the challenge and opportunity of entrepreneurial partnerships, and places a high value on our extensive range of industrial collaborations, such as Google DeepMind.

The opportunity to either work with an industry partner via the Department's Industry Exchange Network (IXN) or an academic supervisor on the research project is hugely beneficial, whether this is pursuing a job in industry, a PhD, or an academic career.

We also enjoy strong collaborative relationships across UCL. Exposure to interdisciplinary research spanning Computer Science and Statistical Science will give you a broad perspective of the field.

The foundation of your career

Alumni from the department’s machine learning programmes have been employed at major tech and finance companies including Google DeepMind, Microsoft Research, Dunnhumby, Index Ventures, Cisco, Deutsche Bank, IBM, and Morgan Stanley. Others have gone on to pursue further study or a career in academia.

Employability

The programme is designed to teach you key skills in fundamental and applied aspects of machine learning and data analysis such that you will be able to transition smoothly to an analytic role in the AI-related industries or such that you will be able to embark upon a further research via a doctoral programme.

Networking

UCL is proud to support innovation and link our students and research directly to real-world business applications. From internships to solving complex problems with commercial partners, UCL Engineering has a collaborative, innovative spirit at its core.

As a student and later as a graduate, you will have access to a UCL Engineering careers events programme, connecting you with employers and alumni. This programme provides invaluable insight into the reality of different roles, sectors, and current application processes.

Entrepreneurial minds thrive at UCL. For example, UCL’s IDEALondon was the first innovation centre led by a university in London, and incubates companies post-seed to reach technical and business milestones. Our academic and industrial networks provide a safe and supportive environment to grow a company.

Teaching and learning

The programme’s core curriculum is typically delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and lab classes, as well as directed and self-directed learning supported by teaching materials and resources, published through each module’s online virtual learning environment. Each module employs a teaching strategy that aligns with and supports its intended learning outcomes.

You will be assessed through a range of methods across the programme, which will vary depending on any optional or elective module choices. The programme’s core curriculum is typically assessed by methods including coursework, lab work, individual and group projects, class tests, written examinations, oral assessments, and, in all cases, culminating in a final research project/dissertation.

Contact time takes various forms, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervisions, demonstrations, practical classes and workshops, visits, placements, office hours (where staff are available for consultation), email, videoconference, or other media, and situations where feedback on assessed work is given (one-to-one or in a group).

Each module has a credit value that indicates the total notional learning hours a learner will spend to achieve its learning outcomes. One credit is considered to be equal to 10 hours of notional learning, which includes all contact time, self-directed study, and assessment.

The contact time for each of your 15-credit taught modules will typically include 22-30 hours of teaching activity over the term of its delivery, with the balance then comprised of self-directed learning and working on your assessments. You will have ongoing contact with teaching staff via each module’s online discussion forum, which is typically used for discussing and clarifying concepts or assessment matters. You will have the opportunity to access additional support via regular office hours with module leaders and programme directors.

Your research project/dissertation module is 60 credits and will include regular contact with your project supervisor(s), who will guide and support you throughout your project. You will dedicate most of your time on this module to carrying out research in connection with your project and writing up your final report.

Modules

The Data Science and Machine Learning MSc is a one-year programme.

In term 1, you will study introductory machine learning to become familiar with the conceptual landscape of machine learning and develop practical skills to solve real-world problems using available software. You will also choose from a wide range of optional and elective topics.

In term 2, you will study applied machine learning, covering some of the mathematics and techniques behind basic data analysis methods. You will choose further optional topics and deepen your understanding of core principles. You will also begin preparation for your final research project/dissertation.

In term 3, you will primarily focus on your final research project/dissertation and any examinations that take place in the main examination period.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Data Science and Machine Learning.

Accessibility

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Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Department of Computer Science

Join us for a live online information session to hear from Computer Science staff. We will cover areas such as the general admission process, careers support, and industry links/placements. There will also be an opportunity for you to ask staff and current students any questions you may have. Two sessions will run for this event. These sessions are the same and are repeated to cater to people in different time zones.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £19,300
Tuition fees (2024/25) £37,500

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

All full time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £2,000 for this programme. All part-time students are required to pay a fee deposit of £1,000.

Students will require a modern laptop (PC or Mac). The minimum specifications should be 8GB RAM and 500GB SSD storage. The recommended specification is 16GB RAM, 0.5-1TB SSD storage and a dedicated high-end graphics card. A laptop with the stated specifications will cost approximately £500-£1000. 

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For more information about funding opportunities for UCL Computer Science taught postgraduate programmes, please see the department's scholarships webpage.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

UCL East London Scholarship

Deadline: 20 June 2024
Value: Tuition fees plus £15,700 stipend ()
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: UK

UCL Friends & Alumni Association scholarship for Machine Learning

Deadline: 3 June 2024
Value: $20,000 (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

Next steps

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we access your application, we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Data Science and Machine Learning at graduate level
  • why you want to study Data Science and Machine Learning at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally on completion of your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Candidates are requested to begin their personal statement with a note on the formal (accredited) results that they have obtained in each of the following areas: Linear Algebra, Calculus, Probability and Statistics. Candidates should do this under four separate headings, one for each area, under which they note the modules/courses in which the content in that area was covered, the grade achieved on those modules/courses, and the key topics covered in those modules/courses.

Due to competition for places on this programme, no late applications will be considered. Students with visa requirements or applying for scholarships are advised to apply early.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2024-2025

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