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The Data Lab MSc – Summer Placements

For 2016/17 there are now 90 The Data Lab funded MSc places across seven Scottish universities “ up from the 40 places funded across three universities previously.

There is a growing need to deliver workplace-ready data skills into Scotland’s business and public sector communities. That is why all students on The Data Lab MSc are offered a paid, credit-bearing three-month industrial placement.

50 of the 90 students will be offered their placement with organisations based in the South-West of Scotland. This is linked to the funding and the aim of encouraging direct employment for students following their placement and creating additional jobs in the area.

To facilitate this, the Data Lab have partnered with MBN Solutions, one of Europe’s leading Data Science and Big Data recruiters, to help place the MSc graduates into organisations seeking to make the most of the talent on offer. The programme will ensure the continued availability of some of the very best work place ready and most talented data scientists to Scottish businesses and the public sector.

“We are proud to have been appointed to this prestigious contract. Scotland has some of the most talented and skilled data practitioners in the world and this programme will ensure they are available, first and foremost, to Scottish businesses” said MBN Solutions CEO, Michael Young. He continued “working in partnership with the Data Lab allows us to help find the most appropriate and effective placements for these rising stars in environments where their skills can make a real difference”.

If you are interested in taking on a The Data Lab MSc student for a summer placement, please contact us at

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