The Data Lab MSc


The Data Lab MSc

The Data Lab MSc is a collaborative programme between The Data Lab and 11 Scottish universities. 

It facilitates industry involvement and collaboration, and provides full funding and resources for students.

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 Scottish Government’s Residency conditions ie are an “ordinary resident” in Scotland.
To check if you are eligible please refer to this guidance. EU students with settled or pre-settled status may be eligible.

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:

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 11 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. 

Find about more about the 2018/19 Innovation Week and the 2019/20 virtual Innovation Week during lock down.

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.

Student Testimonials

"Both The Data Lab and the University of Stirling have been extremely supportive in allowing me to follow a more flexible pathway. I’m studying on a part-time basis over 2 years and this flexibility has enabled me to continue working part-time alongside my academic studies."

Natalie Polack, MSc Big Data part time at University of Stirling

"Thanks to the Data Lab MSc programme, I'm now involved in two exciting data science roles, one as a data scientist for the fintech-for-good startup Sustainably and the other as the author of an online data science course for college lecturers in Scotland, for College Development Network"

John Bell, MSc Big Data at University of Stirling

"I would definitely recommend The Data Lab placement opportunity to any future students as it will definitely make you a more rounded candidate for future roles! It has certainly paid off for me as I have now taken up a position as Data Scientist with Penta Technology in Aberdeen."

Charlotte McLean, MSc Data Science at Robert Gordon University

View the wide range of courses at 11 Universities throughout Scotland.


For further information about our MSc Scholarships and courses,
please contact the Skills Team.


Does your organisation want access to the latest data science & AI knowledge & techniques? Do you have an idea for a short data science project?  Find out more about our student placements.

The Data Lab MSc is funded by: