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. At some of the universities, credits gained from the one-off CPD modules can be counted towards the MSc degree 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:


Oxford Brookes University

Summer 2021 (online learning)

Oxford Brookes University will be running two of the MSc in Data Analytics for Government (MDataGov) modules as online learning during July and August 2021. The closing date for applications is two weeks before course starts. The fee for all courses is £450 each.

The online courses Oxford Brookes intend to run, subject to sufficient student numbers, are as follows:

Date (week commencing) Module Closing date
26 July 2021 Time Series Analysis Monday 12 July
2 August 2021 Advanced Machine Learning Monday 19 July

Please register using the  application form for summer 2021 modules.

Full module descriptions are available. For further information please contact Oxford Brookes University.


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 register for these courses using the booking form.

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.


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:

Core modules

  • Survey fundamentals
  • Data Science Foundations
  • Statistical Programming
  • Statistics in Government

Optional modules

  • Databases and modelling
  • Data Visualisation
  • Statistics and Operational Research in Government
  • Foundations of Statistics and Data Science
  • Time Series and Forecasting

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.

Applications close on Friday 3 September 2021 for the 2021 to 2022 academic year.

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


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.