The Data Lab MSc programme will provide you with:
- A fully funded scholarship to cover your tuition fees
- Sector-specific training in employability and communication skills
- Access to networking events including a launch and closing event with presentations from industry experts, data scientists and The Data Lab Alumni
- The opportunity to apply to undertake a paid industrial placement in Scotland
- An industry sponsored innovation challenge
- A certified MOOC on Data Ethics and Responsible Innovation
- Acess to a network of expertise through The Data Lab MSc Alumni
Full scholarships are available for students who meet the SFC ‘home’ fee eligibility criteria for Scottish domiciled students.
Generally to qualify you must have been an “ordinary resident” in Scotland, but not in full-time education during this period, for 3 years prior to the start of your course.
EU students with settled or pre-settled status may be eligible.
Contact the university you wish to apply to for more details and guidance.
Why study data science?
Learning data science allows you to understand and creatively solve a range of business and social problems. This makes you suitable for a variety of roles in a broad range of Scottish industry sectors such as digital technologies, energy and utilities, financial services, public sector, healthcare, urban planning, among many others.
There are an increasing number of career pathways and specialisms in the world of data science which can take you into a number of roles. Check out these resources by Digital World with qualification guides and possible career options including:
- Data Analyst
- Data Engineers
- Database Administrator
- Machine Learning Engineer
- Data Scientist
- Data Architect
- Business Analyst
- Data and Analytics Manager
So if you learn data science now, then for the next decade, you will have a profession that’s in great demand.
View the wide range of courses at 12 Universities throughout Scotland.
The Data Lab MSc is unique
The Data Lab MSc differs from other academic courses as it focuses on applying academic knowledge to the world of industry, and developing non-technical skills that are essential to becoming a data scientist. Our programme allows you to take the skills you learn in the classroom to solve real life organisational problems and challenges.
You will take part in an intensive week-long training event, Innovation Week, that brings the whole cohort together to experience design thinking in a data science context. You will work with Scottish-based organisations to solve live business problems using real datasets.
Placements and employment
Paid industrial placements: Students will have the opportunity to complete a paid three-month industrial placement for their dissertation project. Through these projects students gain experience of applying their academic skills to live organisational problems in Scottish organisations.
Data Talent Scotland: This yearly event brings together employers and students. Attended by over 400 people in 2018, the event gives you access to Scottish organisations recruiting data scientists. Travel to this event is provided for free for all scholarship students.
Networking: You will join Scotland’s thriving Data Science Community and will be invited to events across the country to learn from leading academics, innovators and business people from all sectors of the Scottish economy. This will help you build a great network for your future career.