Data Science MSc

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date:
September 2018
Apply by:
1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Are you interested in data science and its application to sciences and technology? Do you want to work in industry or plan to pursue further study?

The acquisition of large datasets is now common in academic science and industrial practice. On this MSc, you’ll learn about the theory and practice of state-of-the-art data science with applications ranging from mathematics to physics, and from biology to computer science. You’ll develop the skills to provide appropriate and up-to-date tools to deal with datasets.

Why choose this course?

  • 97% of our research output was rated world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • You’ll benefit from our collaborative links with other departments in the UK and overseas.
  • We foster an intellectually stimulating environment in which you are encouraged to develop your own research interests with the support of our faculty.

Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with GPA 4.0/5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with overall mark of 75%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of 75%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading institution with overall mark of 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA 3.5/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.5/5.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 14/20 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 'very good' overall, or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a leading university with CGPA of at least 3.5/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of 70%-85% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us at pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in engineering, science, computing, mathematics or life sciences. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Lower level (6.0 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade B or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 169 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above.

For tests taken after January 2015: 169 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

56 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

80 overall, including at least 19 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 21 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate

Grade C (Honours) or above in English.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course.

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

Personal statementYes

A personal statement is a piece of writing that you submit as part of your application. It should show us that you are the right person for Sussex by telling us why you want to study your course. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

Application deadlines

1 August (International), 1 September (UK/EU)

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at msc@maths.sussex.ac.uk

How will I study?

Our MSc has four main streams:

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Life Sciences.

In the autumn and spring terms, you take core modules and options depending on the stream you choose. In the summer term, you work on your MSc dissertation.

Modules

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

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    Applied Mathematics, Delay Differential Equations, Feedback control, Mathematical modelling, Networks of coupled systems, Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, Synchronisation

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    Prof Anotida Madzvamuse

    Prof Anotida Madzvamuse

    Professor of Mathematical&ComputationalBiology'RSW Research Merit Award Holder'

    Research interests

    computational biology, Coupled bulk-surface models, Dynein transport models, evolving surface finite element, Keratin spatio-temporal models, Mathematical Biology, Mathematical modelling, moving grid finite element, Optimal control of Geometric PDES, Parameter Identification, Pattern Formation, Reaction-diffusion, Scientific Computing

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  • Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing
    Dr Bertram Duering

    Dr Bertram Duering

    Reader in Mathematics

    Research interests

    Applied Mathematics, Financial Mathematics, Modelling, Numerical Analysis, Optimal Control, Partial Differential Equations

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    Dr Max Jensen

    Dr Max Jensen

    Senior Lecturer In Mathematics

    Research interests

    Financial Mathematics, Numerical Analysis, Optimal Control, Partial Differential Equations

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    Dr Omar Lakkis

    Dr Omar Lakkis

    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests

    Applied Mathematics, Computational Methods and Tools, Mathematics, Nonlinear partial differential equations, Numerical Analysis, Stochastic PDEs

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    Dr Vanessa Styles

    Dr Vanessa Styles

    Reader In Mathematics

    Research interests

    Computational Partial Differential Equations, Mathematical and Computational Biology, Numerical Analysis, Partial Differential Equations

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  • Probability and Statistics
    Prof Enrico Scalas

    Prof Enrico Scalas

    Professor Of Statistics & Probability

    Research interests

    Econophysics, Financial Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics, Monte Carlo simulations, Probability Theory, Statistical Mechanics, Stochastic Processes

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Fees

UK/EU students:
£7,900 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£7,900 per year
International students:
£15,500 per year

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Careers

Our graduates become data scientists in industries such as engineering, computing, and financial and banking institutes. Some of them go on to careers in:

  • government institutions
  • scientific research
  • teaching
  • academia
  • management.

Graduate destinations

100% of students from the Department of Mathematics were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • accountant, Ernst & Young
  • graduate analyst, Invesco
  • performance analyst, Legal and General Investment Management.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Dissertation (Data Science)

  • 45 credits
  • All Year Teaching, Year 1 credits

For this module, you carry out independent study and research under the guide of a supervisor on a designated topic. 

You then complete a report on the subject over the summer.

Algorithmic Data Science

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you will learn the computer science aspects of data science.

You will particularly focus on how data are represented and manipulated to achieve good performance on large data sets (larger than 10GB) where standard algorithmic techniques no longer apply.

In lectures, you will learn about data structures, algorithms and systems, including distributed computing, databases (relational and non-relational), parallel computing, and cloud computing.

In laboratory sessions, you will work with large data sets from real world applications. This will help you to understand the impact on run-time of your algorithmic choices, and of different computing models (GPU vs CPU).

Data Analysis Techniques

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module introduces you to the mathematical and statistical techniques used to analyse data. The module is fairly rigorous, and is aimed at students who have, or anticipate having, research data to analyse in a thorough and unbiased way.

Topics include: probability distributions; error propagation; maximum likelihood method and linear least squares fitting; chi-squared testing; subjective probability and Bayes' theorem; monte Carlo techniques; and non-linear least squares fitting.

Data Science Research Methods

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

The course will provide you with the practical tools and techniques required to build, analyse and interpret 'big data' datasets.

You will also be taught how to develop and test hypotheses, prepare actionable plans and present your findings. In the laboratory, you will be given real-world datasets and, as the course proceeds, apply these techniques to that data.

You will be required to address a current real-world problem, using your analysis to test hypotheses, develop an actionable plan and prepare a client presentation.

Data Science Masters Research Proposal

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you use literature to study the background to a problem in Data Science in your respective stream.

You choose your individual supervisor and devise a strategy by which this problem can be studied - giving details of techniques and resources that you will use to address the problem.

This research proposal forms the basis of the Data Science Dissertation that you will write in summer term.

Machine Learning

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

In this module, you explore advanced techniques in machine learning.

You use a systematic treatment, based on the following three key ingredients:

  • tasks
  • models
  • features.

As part of the module, you are introduced to both regression and classification, and your studies emphasise concepts such as model performance, learnability and computational complexity.

You learn techniques including:

  • probabilistic and non-probabilistic classification and regression methods
  • reinforcement learning approaches including the non-linear variants using kernel methods.

You are also introduced to techniques for pre-processing the data (including PCA).

You will then need to be able to implement, develop and deploy these techniques to real-world problems.

In order to take this module, you need to have already taken the 'Mathematics & Computational Methods for Complex Systems' module (817G5), or have taken an equivalent mathematical module or have equivalent prior experience.

Wider Topics in Data Science

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Your studies in this module include a series of seminars covering several topics - including national laws on data and ethical implications.

In addition, there are seminars by Data-Science-oriented companies.

You are expected to write a final dissertation of 3000 words, on a topic of your choice falling within the scope of the module.

Applied Natural Language Processing

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

Applied Natural Language Processing concerns the theory and practice of automatic text processing technologies.

In this module, you study core, generic text processing models, such as:

  • tokenisation
  • segmentation
  • stemming
  • lemmatisation
  • part-of-speech tagging
  • named entity recognition
  • phrasal chunking
  • dependency parsing.

You also cover related problems and application areas, such as:

  • document classification
  • information retrieval
  • information extraction.

You gain hands-on experience with the practical aspects of this module through weekly laboratory sessions.

As part of this, you make extensive use of the Natural Language Toolkit, which is a collection of natural language processing tools written in the Python programming language.

Your seminars in this module provide in-depth discussion of a number of important issues that arise when developing natural language processing tools, including:

  • experimentation and hypothesis testing
  • advanced data smoothing techniques
  • domain adaptation
  • topic modelling
  • active learning
  • generative versus discriminative learning
  • semi-supervised learning.

Introduction to Genes and Biochemistry

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module will provide background knowledge of five basic units of Biochemistry and the relationship between genes and proteins within the cell.

Unit 1 of the module deals with the molecules of life, DNA, RNA, nucleotides and the central dogma of molecular biology.

Unit 2 covers the decoding of the genetic code through the processes of transcription and translation.

Unit 3 deals with proteins, their structure properties and amino acid building blocks.

Unit 4 deals with enzymes and simple enzyme catalysed reactions.

Unit 5 covers metabolism and uses glycolysis and Krebs cycle as examples of typical pathways bioenergentics is briefly introduced.

Mathematics and Computational Methods for Complex Systems

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module provides a foundation in mathematical and scientific computing techniques used widely in artificial intelligence, artificial life and related fields. The material covered in this module will facilitate the study of a number of options on other MSc courses at a deeper level than would be possible without it. In particular, it is a prerequisite for the Neural Networks and Computational Neuroscience modules. Coursework is based around Matlab packages.

Topics include:

  • vectors and matrices
  • differential calculus
  • numerical integration
  • probability and hypothesis testing
  • dynamical systems theory.

Programming in C++

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1 credits

After a review of the basic concepts of the C++ language, you are introduced to object oriented programming in C++ and its application to scientific computing. This includes writing and using classes and templates, operator overloading, inheritance, exceptions and error handling. In addition, Eigen, a powerful library for linear algebra is introduced. The results of programs are displayed using the graphics interface dislin.

Advanced Natural Language Processing

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Advanced Natural Language Processing builds on the foundations provided by the Applied Natural Language Processing module.

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of key topics including:

  • word sense disambiguation
  • vector space models of semantics
  • named entity recognition
  • topic modelling
  • machine translation

Seminars will provide in-depth discussion of research papers related to the key topics and also general issues that arise when developing natural language processing tools, including:

  • hypothesis testing
  • data smoothing techniques
  • domain adaptation
  • generative versus discriminative learning
  • semi-supervised learning

Labs will provide the opportunity for students to improve their python programming skills, experiment with some off-the-shelf technology and develop research skills.

Advanced Particle Physics

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

You will acquire an overview of the current status of modern particle physics and current experimental techniques used in an attempt to answer today's fundamental questions in this field. 

The topics discussed will be: 

  • Essential skills for the experimental particle physicist
  • Neutrino physics: Neutrino oscillations and reactor neutrinos
  • Neutrino physics: SuperNova, geo- and solar- neutrinos and direct neutrino mass measurements
  • Cosmic ray physics
  • Dark matter
  • Introduction to QCD (jets, particles distribution functions, etc)
  • Higgs physics
  • BSM (including supersymmetry)
  • Flavour physics & CP violation
  • Electric dipole measurements
  • Future particle physics experiments.

Coding Theory

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Topics covered include: 

  • Introduction to error-correcting codes. The main coding theory problem. Finite fields.
  • Vector spaces over finite fields. Linear codes. Encoding and decoding with a linear code.
  • The dual code and the parity check matrix. Hamming codes. Constructions of codes.
  • Weight enumerators. Cyclic codes. MDS codes.

Current Topics in Life Sciences

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

Gain an introduction to a range of active areas of research in life sciences.

You are taught via a series of advanced research seminars given by University of Sussex staff, research students and invited speakers in either the:

  • Evolution, Behaviour and Environment (EBE) seminar series
  • Sussex Neuroscience seminar series
  • Genome seminar series
  • Biochemistry and Biomedicine seminar series.

Through the seminars, you learn about the latest developments in a range of topics, gain insight into the nature of scientific research, and meet a range of researchers.

You are assessed via a portfolio of work summarising, synthesising and communicating the research for a scientific audience and the general public.

Genomics and Bioinformatics

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module will introduce the common types of genomic and proteomic data available in biological databases; including DNA and protein sequences, motifs, gene structure, protein interactions and expression profiles. The aims and methods of DNA and protein sequence analysis will be covered, including analysis of homology, identification of motifs and domains, pair-wise and multiple alignments and prediction of gene structure.

The practical sessions will include the analysis of DNA and protein sequence data from biological databases. In these sessions you will learn how to integrate data to find the functional links between disease related genes and proteins.

Image Processing

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits
You will cover topics including:
  • introduction to machine vision and relation to image processing
  • camera technologies, lenses for machine vision, image formation and resolution, display technologies
  • image acquisition hardware
  • histogram manipulations
  • linear invariant systems in two dimensions
  • the convolution operation and its discrete implementation as mask operators
  • first and second order differential edge detection operators, edge-filling techniques, Hough transform
  • the 2D Fourier transform and frequency domain filters, 2D correlation 
  • scene segmentation methods and region filling
  • pattern recognition techniques, shape descriptors, Fourier descriptors, template matching
  • examples of machine vision systems in industry.

Monte Carlo Simulations

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The module will cover topics including:

  • Introduction to R 
  • Pseudo-random number generation 
  • Generation of random variates 
  • Variance reduction 
  • Markov-chain Monte Carlo and its foundations 
  • How to analyse Monte Carlo simulations 
  • Application to physics: the Ising model 
  • Application to statistics: goodness-of-fit tests

Particle Physics Detector Technology

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

The module explores the technical manner in which some of the scientific questions in the fields of experimental particle physics, including high energy physics, neutrino physics etc., are being addressed. The student is introduced to many of the experimental techniques that are used to study the particle phenomena. The focus is on the demands those scientific requirements place on the detector technology and current state-of-the-art technologies.

This module will provide you with:

  • an introduction to some of the basic concepts of particle physics
  • an overview of some of the topical cutting edge questions in the field
  • an understanding of some key types of experiments
  • a detailed understanding of the underlying detector technologies.

Topics covered include:

  1. Intro to particle structure
    1. particles and forces, masses and lifetimes
    2. coupling strengths and interactions
    3. cross sections and decays
  2. Accelerators
    1. principles of acceleration
    2. kinematics, center of mass
    3. fixed target experiments, colliders
  3. Reactors
    1. nuclear fission reactors, fission reactions, types of reactors
    2. neutron sources, absorption and moderation, neutron reactions
    3. nuclear fusion, solar and fusion reactors
  4. Detectors
    1. gaseous
    2. liquid (scintillator, cerenkov, bubble chamber)
    3. solid-state
    4. scintillation
    5. calorimeters, tracking detectors
    6. particle identification
  5. Monte Carlo modelling
    1. physics

Web Applications and Services

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1 credits

This module provides an introduction to the models and technologies used to provide distributed applications and services over the Internet. You will study the features and problems of building distributed applications, such as naming, security, synchronisation, replication, object persistence and content distribution. You will use the framework provided by the Java Enterprise Edition to build distributed web applications.

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