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Course summary

The MPhil in Data Intensive Science is a 10-month cross-departmental programme in the School of the Physical Sciences which aims to provide education of the highest quality at the master’s level. The programme covers the full range of skills required for modern data-driven science from the fields of machine learning and AI, statistical data analysis, and research computing. The course structure has been designed in collaboration with our leading researchers and industrial partners to provide students with the theoretical knowledge, practical experience, and transferable skills required to undertake world-leading data-intensive scientific research. Students will gain the broad set of skills required for scientific data analysis, covering traditional statistical techniques as well as modern machine learning approaches. Both the theoretical underpinnings and practical implementation of these techniques will be taught, with the later aspect including training on software development best practice and the principles of Open Science. The course also aims to provide students with direct experience applying these methods to current research problems in specific scientific fields. Students who have completed the course will be equipped to undertake research on data-intensive scientific projects. Beyond academic disciplines, students will be well prepared for a career as a data science professional in a broad range of commercial sectors. This course will equip students with all the skills required for modern scientific data analysis, enabling them to participate in large experimental or observational programmes using the latest statistical and machine learning tools deployed on leading-edge computer architectures. These computational and statistical skills will also be directly applicable to data-driven problem-solving in industry. The course responds to the growing:

  • demand for highly trained research scientists to design and implement data analysis pipelines for the increasingly large and complex data sets produced by the next generation of scientific experiments;
  • societal demand for data science and data analysis skills in the industry, especially when applied in strategic domains (science, health) and economic areas (finance, e-commerce);
  • need to train postgraduate students with a deep understanding of data science techniques and algorithm building for modern computer architectures and utilising industry best practices for software development;
  • importance of open science in research, specifically reproducibility of scientific results and the creation of public data analytic codes.

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Good II.i Honours Degree. If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country. Applicant’s degree should be in science or a technology discipline, and applicants are expected to demonstrate abilities at an adequate level in mathematics especially in the domain of linear algebra, statistics and probability.

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Data Intensive Science at University of Cambridge - UCAS