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Data Science
Postgraduate course

Data Science

You can start this course in January 2019


Data and information is recognised as a central to the economic, business and cultural life of our society today. This course will equip you with the advanced information and analytic skills to thrive in the digital knowledge economy.

Whether you are already working and looking to enhance your expertise in the area of data science or you have recently graduated and want to move into roles specifically aligned with data science and analytics, this course will help you develop a comprehensive understanding of the role of data within business. You will study data governance, considering how data can be sourced, consolidated and stored securely, responsibly and efficiently. You will also explore the techniques used to analyse data, discover how data can contribute to a company's business strategy and focus on the application of data science in a specific field such as health, education or fraud prevention.

Central to the course will be the themes of security, ethics, data governance and sustainability. You will graduate with a critical awareness of the current ethical and security problems associated with the exploitation of information services and resources in organisations, enabling you to support collection, sorting and ordering of data, big data and information across a range of sectors.
In the ever changing technological world, the skills required to successfully manage and share an organisations' data, require employees that have good understanding of data issues, technology, people and business. All of these skills are addressed by modules on this course, placing you at the forefront of the emerging digital economy.

You will be encouraged to undertake projects and volunteering opportunities with outside organisations, and our expert staff will ensure your learning is highly relevant to the workplace. Industry experts and leaders in their field will further fine tune your knowledge by sharing their expertise and professional insights during regular guest lectures. Past speakers have included computing, forensic and engineering experts from KPMG, Hermes Innovation Lab and Premier Farnell. Goranka Bjedov, Performance and Capacity Engineer at Facebook, visited the School to talk about her work in ensuring Facebook's worldwide data centres are able to deliver a 24/7 service to users.

The University is home to four research institutes and 14 research centres, including the Cybercrime & Security Innovation Centre and the New Technology Institute. Findings from our research will feed into your learning to equip you with the latest thinking and industry insights.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Entry Requirements


Students require a 2:2 or above in a computing related degree such as Computing, Computer Science, Business Information Technology or work experience of a similar level such as to evidence a significant understanding of technology, information systems and the role of data,
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Students require a 2:2 or above in a computing related degree such as Computing, Computer Science, Business Information Technology or work experience of a similar level such as to evidence a significant understanding of technology, information systems and the role of data,
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.

More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.


Data Science


Teaching and learning

Evaluate different types of database systems, database managing systems and approaches, techniques and tools. Particular emphasis will be placed on critique of current practices and emerging trends in the area of databases, data and information management.

Gain an in-depth, systematic and critical understanding of the current research on business intelligence and issues concerning data analysis and knowledge discovery. You will explore techniques for data analysis and data representation tools from both a theoretical and practical perspective.

Develop the skills required to initiate, plan, execute, manage and sign off a project. You will focus on appropriate methodologies, standards, legislation and the nine core knowledge areas associated with project management.

Explore the ways in which information management practices need to encompass insights into the technical, organisational and social aspects of the contexts in which information systems operate.

An opportunity to explore a subject area of particular interest to you, during this 40 credit module, you will carry out an in-depth research project which will be discussed your formal dissertation.

During this module you will reflect critically on your own development and gain an enhanced understanding of the methods and skills required to carry out masters level research successfully.

Gain the skills needed to develop, implement, monitor and control a green ICT strategy that can help an organisation achieve its green objectives.

Develop practical skills for ethical hacking and prevention. You will enhance your understanding of major digital security threats, the various steps attackers undertake (either as part of a sanctioned security audit or malicious attack), the security mechanisms that can be applied to defend systems from attack, and ethical and social issues surrounding digital security.

Study current trends in the development of digitalisation and globalisation, and the impact these developments have on social, organisational and commercial activities and institutions.

An opportunity to broaden and deepen your knowledge in your chosen area of study, you will work with your module tutor and project supervisor to negotiated a learning plan. You will need to identify your aims and objectives and decide how your work will be assessed.

Examine how to build cloud services and develop your knowledge of the technologies required to provide these to client side systems. You will also explore well established protocols that are used to communicate with server side software and consider aspects such as security and n-tier systems.

Study the principles and techniques of advanced database management systems such as data warehouse, data integration, data quality and reporting. You will build your knowledge of technical and practical development, and of the end purpose of using a data warehouse for decision making support.

An introduction to the latest developments in area of business intelligence (BI), you will learn the ways in which the concepts are applied, and/or could be applied, in business contexts. As well as having important applications in business and government, BI also raises ethical and social issues, which are discussed in the module.

Jackie Campbell
Jackie Campbell
Course Director
Jackie has had a varied career in systems development and data analytics, working for many major international businesses prior to joining the University. Her teaching areas focus around data – data science, business intelligence, data analysis, databases in forensics, and data warehousing and mining.
Innovative use of technology is one of the keys to the success of business operations. The ability to think creatively about the interaction between technology, data, businesses and lifestyle combined with the skills to communicate and implement these ideas will be what drives this innovation.

Fees & funding

The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £6500. The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.
See further information on financing your studies.
The tuition fee for the year for students entering in 2018/19 is £12500. The amount you will pay is fixed at this level for each year of your course.
See further information on fees and finance on our Financing Your Studies webpage.


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    IT Labs

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    Headingley Campus

    Our historic Headingley Campus is set in 100 acres of parkland with easy access to Leeds city centre.


Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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