The Data Lab MSc

The Data Lab MSc is a collaborative programme between The Data Lab and eleven Scottish universities. It facilitates industry involvement and collaboration, and provides full funding and resources for students.

Study Data Science in Scotland with The Data Lab MSc Scholarships


Did you know that according to Harvard Business Review being a Data Scientist is considered the sexiest job of the 21st Century? With an increasing number of well-remunerated job opportunities, it is certainly an exciting time to learn and work in 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, among many others.

We can help you start your journey to become a data scientist or data engineer.


5 Reasons to Apply for The Data Lab MSc programmes:

As part of The Data Lab MSc you will receive additional technical and ‘business-ready’ skills training. The Data Lab MSc courses are guided by both the needs of Scottish industry and the cutting-edge research of Scottish academia to make sure that you are equipped with the skills needed placed to start your data science career.

We also run a year-long data competition for all students. This comprises a series of fun events and hackathons that allows you to apply your skills using real datasets to make a real change for Scotland.

Placements in Scottish Industry: Students will have the opportunity to complete a paid three-month industrial placement for their dissertation project. Through these projects, students get the chance to apply their learnt skills to real life problems and get familiar with the business life.

Data Talent Scotland: This yearly event brings together employers and students. Attended by over 400 people in 2017, the event gives you access to Scottish organisations recruiting data scientists. Travel to this event is provided for free for all scholarship students.

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, and to build a great network for your future career

The Data Lab is funding 130 places across the 11 participating universities during the 2017/18 academic year. If you are a Scottish or EU student, you will be eligible to have your tuition fees paid in full through this scheme. Funding is provided by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and is channelled by The Data Lab to participating universities. Each programme has an allocated number of funded places, which will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis, so make sure you apply as early as possible.

* For students applying from the UK, according to the terms of the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), you are eligible to apply for a place if you have been living in Scotland for a continuous period of 3 years prior to 1 August 2017. Please not that this does not include residency for the purposes of study only.

A recent EMC survey found 75% of firms in Scotland, against 57% in the UK as a whole, have the infrastructure to analyse both internal and external data.

Scotland is fortunate to have some of the best data in the world. Few other countries have the opportunity to link high quality, consistent data that has national coverage for public service improvement.


Where to Study?

The Data Lab MSc is a collaborative effort between 11 Scottish Universities and The Data Lab, with the aim of developing the next generation of Data Science talent and skills required by industry in Scotland. Through this collaboration, each university has developed an MSc programme based on its own strengths and capabilities, with the support of The Data Lab to facilitate industry involvement from Scottish organisations, and provide funding and resources.

You can choose from the following programmes:


University of Aberdeen

University of Dundee

Edinburgh Napier University

MSc Data Science
7 Places

University of Glasgow

Glasgow Caledonian University

RobertGordon University

MSc Data Science
11 Places

University of Stirling

University of Strathclyde

University of The West Of Scotland


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