Individual CPD modules from the MDataGov programme

Modules from the Masters in Data Analytics for Government (MDataGov) programme can be taken as standalone courses for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) with optional assessment. Modules are open to all UK public sector employees.

At some of the universities, credits gained from the one-off CPD modules can be counted towards the MSc degree with the same university in the future. These can usually be taken at Office for National Statistics (ONS) sites, Oxford Brookes University, University of Southampton, University of Glasgow and Cardiff University.

Although modules cannot currently be taken in person at ONS sites due to COVID-19, our partners are making modules available online for distance learning. The latest course information is available from our partners:


Cardiff University

2021 to 2022 academic year

The following modules are available as standalone courses in the 2021 to 2022 academic year at Cardiff University:

Autumn semester

These modules run from 4 October 2021 to 17 December 2021 with an examination in January 2022.

  • Survey fundamentals (core module)
  • Foundations of Statistics and Data Science (optional module)

Autumn and Spring semesters

These modules run over both semesters beginning in October 2021 and finishing in May 2022.

  • Data Science Foundations (core module)
  • Statistical Programming (core module)

Spring semester

  • Statistics in Government (core module)
  • Databases and modelling (optional module)
  • Data Visualisation (optional module)
  • Statistics and Operational Research in Government (optional module)
  • Time Series and Forecasting (optional module)

Modules will run over the standard academic semesters and credits gained can be counted towards the MSc degree. You can apply on the Cardiff University website.

The application deadline for all modules in the 2021 to 2022 academic year is 22nd September 2021. If you’re applying for any of the modules please also send an email to Andreas Artemiou to inform him that you are applying. 

The full-time MDataGov programme is also available from September 2021.


University of Glasgow (Distance Learning)

2021 to 2022 academic year (assessed and unassessed options available)

The following courses are available as standalone CPD modules at University of Glasgow during the 2021 to 2022 academic year:

  • Sampling Fundamentals
  • Statistical Computing
  • Data Science Foundations
  • Predictive Modelling (Odl)
  • Advanced Predictive Models (Odl)
  • Statistics In Government
  • Data Programming In Python (Odl)
  • Uncertainty Assessment And Bayesian Computation (Odl)
  • Introduction To Survey Research
  • Data Mining And Machine Learning I: Supervised And Unsupervised Learning (Odl)
  • Data Mining And Machine Learning II Big Data And Unstructured Data (Odl)
  • Large-Scale Computing For Data Analytics (Odl)

Please visit the University of Glasgow website for module dates and to book your place.

More information about the full MDataGov programme via distance learning from September 2021 is available on the University of Glasgow website. Applications for the full MDataGov will be accepted up until it commences.


University of Southampton

2021 to 2022 academic year

The following modules are available as standalone courses in the 2021 to 2022 academic year at University of Southampton:

  • Introduction Module
  • Survey Data Collection
  • Regression Modelling
  • Statistical Programming
  • Demographic Methods I
  • Survey Sampling
  • Data Science Foundations
  • Data Visualisation
  • Evaluation & Monitoring
  • Generalised Linear Models
  • Machine Learning
  • Demographic Methods II
  • Data Mining
  • Statistical Disclosure Control
  • GIS
  • Statistics in Government

For more information please visit the University of Southampton website.

To apply, please contact socstats@soton.ac.uk.


Oxford Brookes University

Information on stand alone modules delivered by Oxford Brookes University in the 2021 to 2022 academic year will be available soon.