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Motivated data students seek organisations with real life data problems

We have 160 students studying a range of MSc courses in AI, data science and data engineering, including in health and social science domains, at universities across Scotland.

We’re looking for organisations with ideas for short 8-12 week data science projects so our students can put their technical skills to work in the real world.

This is a brilliant opportunity for you – watch our video to hear about the benefits our students bring:

Find out more about these placement projects and you can watch more testimonials from some of the organisations and students involved in previous projects.

Could your organisation benefit from the latest data talent & knowledge?

Our MSc placement programme can help startups in Scotland take their  data journey to another level. One of our MSc students brought valuable in house technical expertise to the startup company Sea Spyder:

Laura Anderson, Director Sea Spyder:

Spyros worked on a commercial piece of work and the income for this will pay for the placement. An excellent outcome.

Read our Sea Spyder case study.


Startup company TL Tech – Smart Home Solutions have taken The Data Lab MSc student Ecaterina Vidrașcu on permanently after her short data science project helped bring their commercial product to market.

Caroline Laurenson, Managing Director of TL Tech – Smart Home Solutions:

If you have an idea for a project, we’d recommend talking it through with The Data Lab team, as we had initially thought our idea was too unusual to fit in with the programme, but I think the outcomes speak for themselves. As a start-up we have a very limited budget to do development and we wouldn’t have been able to progress our ideas without the support of The Data Lab.

Read our TL Tech case study.


For further information on how you can host a student on a placement, watch a recording of the MSc placement programme launch event with key speakers from organisations and students who have participated in the programme:


If you would be interested in discussing the opportunity of hosting students on a summer placement in 2021, or in sponsorship of the programme, please contact, we would be delighted to discuss this with you.
You can also read more about our students placements.

So many companies have already benefited from the skills & expertise our MSc students bring to a placement.  Could you benefit from a student placement as well?

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