The MSc in Data Science for Politics & Policymaking is designed to meet the growing demand for graduates with the ability to use big data to solve complex political and social problems. It is perfectly suited to those looking for careers in political campaigns, think tanks, interest groups associated with shaping public policy and the civil service. This Masters level course equips you with the ability to design, commission, and implement projects that capture and analyse large quantities of online data from a diverse set of sources. It combines advanced training in social science research design and policy analysis with classes that allow you to understand the mechanics behind capturing and organising large amounts of data. The course looks to solve the key challenge of the use of big data in the public sphere, the lack of specified research and policy goals, by providing you with the know-how via core classes in Research Design, Public Policy and Qualitative Methods. Alongside these classes, you'll receive training that allows you to understand the mechanics behind capturing and organising large amounts of data. Ranked 6th in the UK for Politics (Times Good University Guide 2023)
Core classes: Legal, Ethical & Professional Issues for the Information Society, Big Data Technologies, Database Fundamentals, Machine Learning for Data Analytics AND Students with no quantitative experience: Quantitative Methods 1, Students with quantitative methods experience: Quantitative Methods 2 or Qualitative Methods Optional classes: Perspectives on Social Research AND Welfare Concepts & Ideas OR Principles of Research Design AND Policy Analysis OR Can Democracy Deliver?
Methods of assessment include written assignments, blogs, podcasts, practical team projects, presentations, individual projects, and exams. Most classes involve more than one method of assessment to help you realise your potential. Taught classes make up two thirds of the total assessment. Your dissertation, produced over the summer, accounts for the remaining third. Taught classes make up two thirds of the total assessment. Your dissertation, produced over the summer, accounts for the remaining third.
First or upper second-class Honours degree, or overseas equivalent, in any discipline.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£7300||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£7300||Year 1|
Additional fee information
There are several scholarship opportunities available for students applying for this course. Please see website for further details.
University of Strathclyde
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