About your course
New to LJMU, this cutting edge programme aims to train scientists, engineers and mathematicians in the new field of Data Science. It combines lectures, hands-on practical experience and an extended research project, delivered by experts from two university departments.
- Study a ground-breaking curriculum linked to industry needs
- Use industry standard tools and methodologies
- Undertake an extended project using real world data science problems
- Learn from academics who are world-leading researchers
- Use the programme as a basis for PhD study
The friendliness and expertise of the academics are what prompted me to study at LJMU, combined with the access to world-leading data from facilities like the Liverpool Telescope.
Introduction to the School
The Astrophysics Research Institute combines world-leading research in astrophysics with excellence in teaching at all levels. The Department of Applied Mathematics is dedicated to producing research with real-world applications and also offers a student-centered teaching portfolio.
The Astrophysics Research Institute (ARI) has around 25 academic staff plus 10 post doctoral research assistants and 30 PhD students carrying out research in:
- Galaxy Evolution
- Star Formation
- Time Domain Astrophysics
- Astronomical Instrumentation
Annually, ARI researchers publish around 125 refereed papers co-authored with astronomers worldwide. ARI researchers collect and analyse large astronomical data sets collected across the electromagnetic spectrum from international premier observatories and satellites. It also builds some of the largest computer-based cosmological simulations of the structure of the universe.
The Applied Mathematics Department has been formally recognised for its high quality teaching, excellent resources and dedicated staff. The Department also boasts state-of-the-art facilities at its Byrom Street campus, with over 150 high performance computers and industry-standard software.
The Department's strong links with over 450 local and national organisations mean that all of its courses are designed and developed to suit the needs of today's employers, as well as creating excellent work placements for students. We currently have close ties with Clatterbridge, Eddie Stobart, National Grid, Experian and GE to name but a few.
Why study this course at LJMU?
Data Science is an emerging discipline that aims to extract unique insights by extending the field of statistics to incorporate advances in computing, particularly in relation to large quantities of data.
It is estimated that 90% of the world's data was created in the last two years and that each day, over 2.5 billion gigabytes of data is created. Between 2012 and 2017 the take up of big data analytics amongst large enterprises in the UK more than doubled from 14% to 29%. The number of big data specialist staff working in large firms is predicted to increase by 243% to approximately 69,000 employees.
The challenges in data science are multi-faceted and very complex in their nature, including handling the huge amount of data in incompatible legacy databases. By exploiting cloud computing services, data scientists are now relatively free from the constraints of hardware and can concentrate on applying their domain knowledge and experience to make sense of the data. They can apply advanced statistical techniques and machine learning algorithms to make informed decisions which can deliver a major impact on their organisations.
Programme outline and structure
SUBJECT TO VALIDATION
The programme comprises six core modules covering statistical and computing techniques plus an extended research project.
This MSc is designed to give you the knowledge to move into the world of work as a qualified Data Scientist or to carry out further research through a PhD or equivalent. It is delivered via a combination of lectures, tutorials and and hands-on computer laboratory sessions.
A major component of the MSc programme is the research project module, which will give you the opportunity to work on a high-level original research topic, with guidance from an experienced researcher and supervisor.
What you will study on this degree
Subject to availability, the following modules will be offered on this programme.
SUBJECT TO VALIDATION
- Introduction to Data Analytics
- Statistical Methods
- Data Mining
- Big Data Computing
- Big Data Analysis
- Research Methods
- Research Dissertation
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed via a combination of exams, coursework and an extended report based on your dissertation project.
We recognise that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of exam and coursework assessment methods for each module. Typically 50% of your mark comes from coursework and 50% from an exam, although some modules may be assessed entirely by coursework done in the computer lab.
Staff research interests
The research focus of both departments ensures that the curriculum is at the vanguard of development in the field and that you will study alongside leading experts.
Leading academics from both ARI and Applied Mathematics publish in peer-reviewed journals and speak at conferences around the world. Members of both departments are also actively engaged with funding and professional bodies, including the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), the Science and Technologies Facilities Council (STFC) and the Royal Astronomical Society.
Staff in the Astrophysics Research Institute (ARI) are world-leading experts in many areas of astrophysics, including high performance computing simulations, the analysis of time series data from variable astrophysical objects such as Blazars and Supernovae, and the application of machine learning technologies for object classification. Some 99% of ARI research was ranked world-leading or internationally important in the 2014 REF.
Researchers from the Department of Applied Mathematics specialise in machine learning, mathematical biology and data science. Within these key areas, members from the Department undertake research with real-world applications. In Ref 2014 80% of our research impact was rated as being at international level. Currently, the Department is working with the European Commission's Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing advisory group. This group is part of the Horizon 2020 programme and is one of the largest coordinated funding programmes for health in the world.
Entry requirements (Home)
You will need an Honours degree (minimum 2:2) in a numerate, scientific or computer-based subject. In addition you will need an A level, or equivalent, in Mathematics at Grade C or more.
Industry experience: Please contact the Faculty Admissions team for more details.
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. You will need a good degree in a numerate, scientific or computer based subject.
In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent.
Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU's International Admissions Team.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU's Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for the 2017/18 academic year. The new loans, of up to £10,000, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses, in line with the existing qualification framework for England. Administered by the Student Loan Company, the loans will be available to those under 60 at the start of their course.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to: ljmu.ac.uk/postgraduate-funding
LJMU Alumni Award
Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU's International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU's Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you've completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn't always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students' Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don't have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU's Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
The Data Science MSc programme is particularly focussed on preparing you for a career in industry or for PhD level study.
Data science is a growing area of demand at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, with a predicted scarcity of expertise forecast over the next decade. LJMU has strong links with many graduate employers of data scientists who value the skills developed in the course such as accessing, manipulating and drawing insight from large volumes of complex data, assimilating information from the research literature, and scientific and technical writing.
The MSc provides the opportunity for you to plan and complete a substantial programme of original research at the highest level. We expect that many projects should have the potential to result in papers in refereed journals and serve as the starting point for PhD level work.
Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.
Each year, LJMU offers a range of prestigious international scholarships. Further details of the scholarships offered to applicants wishing to study at the University from September 2017 onwards will be available on this page in the coming months.
For the most up-to-date information about studying at Liverpool John Moores University, and the International Scholarship programme, please visit the International pages.
International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes
LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/
English language qualifications
All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.
This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU.
Please note: your specific course requirements may differ.
For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry Requirements tab above.
To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country please visit the international pages.
|Type of Programme||IELTS||Pearson|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
|Undergraduate degrees||6.0||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
English language support to improve IELTS
If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.
International students are liable to pay a minimum of 50% of their tuition fees when they complete their enrolment at the University. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of your enrolment date.
When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.
In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. The UKVI requires that students studying outside London must have £7,200 to pay for their living costs (or £800 per month).
LJMU’s undergraduate courses run over an academic calendar of nine months so you will need to show that you have at least £7,200. If your course lasts 6 months you will need to demonstrate you have £4,800.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Highly Trusted Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)
If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.
You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team (firstname.lastname@example.org)for guidance.
Your visa application
As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.
Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:
- A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Evidence of financial support for the programme
- Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
- All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
- A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes