The Data Lab MSc Handbook


The Data Lab MSc - Student Handbook

Welcome to The Data Lab MSc. We hope you have a great year!

The documents in this page outline your responsibilities as a Data Lab student, and provide guidance about the activities you will undertake throughout the year.

Welcome to The Data Lab MSc programme 2020/21

Please read this The Data Lab MSc Handbook which includes all the information you will need to get the best possible experience from The Data Lab MSc programme 2020/21. Please bookmark this page for future reference. 

You will be asked to confirm that you have read the contents including The Data Lab Student Privacy Agreement. You will also be asked to confirm agreement with The Data Lab Student Code of Conduct and complete a short questionnaire providing the information we require to activate your scholarship. 

It should take you about 10 minutes to read and confirm agreement and you should complete the full process in one sitting. 

Any questions, let us know.

Please read the following documents carefully, as they provide guidance on your rights and responsibilities as part of The Data Lab MSc


The Data Lab would like to extend the warmest of welcomes as you join our MSc programme. We are delighted to fund you through your further study, and hope that our course helps bolster your data science education. The programme has grown from strength to strength since 2015/16 when we funded 40 students studying at 3 Scottish Universities. This year we are funding 160 students, our largest intake yet, and you are joining a cohort of students across 12 Scottish Universities, studying 29 different AI and Data related MSc courses. When you graduate at the end of your programme you will be part of a 730 strong The Data Lab MSc alumni. 

The programme provides you with a full fee scholarship and training through networking and other events designed to equip you with the wide-range of non-technical skills that are sought after by employers in our data community. The programme of events has been developed in consultation with government and academic experts so that the events are timed to take account of your academic workload, whilst offering the most learning potential. 

This Handbook includes the information that you will need as you start with us on your MSc programme 2020/21.

General Overview of what we do at The Data Lab

The Data Lab is Scotland’s Innovation Centre for data and AI. Our mission is to help Scotland maximise value from data and lead the world to a data powered future. We are here to accelerate the journey by fuelling innovation through collaboration, building skills and growing talent, and strengthening Scotland’s thriving data science community. The Data Lab MSc programme is at the core of these activities.