Master’s (MSc) in Data Analytics for Government

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Updated on 28 July 2022

MDataGov applications

Applications for the MDataGov 2022/23 academic year are now open. Please read the information on how to apply and what MDataGov courses are currently available.

Data Science Campus sponsorship

Applications for MDataGov CPD module sponsorship are open until 4:30pm on Friday 26 August 2022. Please complete and submit an application form if you are interested in this opportunity.


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About the MDataGov

The Master’s (MSc) in Data Analytics for Government (MDataGov) is a postgraduate programme tailored for public sector organisations. It is a joint initiative between the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Data Science Campus and academic partners across the UK, available to all public sector employees.

Launched in October 2017, the MDataGov programme equips public sector employees with the skills required from a modern public sector data analyst, helping to increase data science capability in public sector organisations. We work closely with our university partners to ensure that the MDataGov content and structure are up to date and relevant to public sector employees.

We currently have four university partners delivering the MDataGov courses:


MDataGov courses

The MDataGov offers great flexibility to allow public sector employees to fit in the programme with their work commitments. It can be done as a full-time or part-time master’s degree (MSc), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip), Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) and standalone courses for Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

Type Credits
Full-time or part-time MSc Taught modules: 120 credits
Dissertation: 60 credits
PgDip Taught modules: 120 credits
PgCert Taught modules: 60 credits
CPD modules with optional assessment* Taught modules: 5, 10 or 20 credits

* Students taking assessed CPD modules can also accumulate the credits towards a certificate if they decide to complete an MSc, PgDip or PgCert qualification at a later stage. More information on the Recognition of Prior Learning section.


Modes of delivery

The MDataGov can be completed online, face-to-face or hybrid, depending on the university delivering the course.

University Mode of delivery
Cardiff University Face-to-face
University of Southampton Face-to-face
Oxford Brookes University Online and hybrid (mix of face-to face and online)
University of Glasgow Online

Cardiff University

The MDataGov at Cardiff University is offered as a full-time MSc and part-time MSc, PgDip, PgCert and CPD modules. Lessons are delivered face-to-face in Cardiff.

Cardiff University operates a flexible delivery route on the MDataGov for all part-time study, so students taking the part-time MSc, PgDip, PgCert or CPD modules must apply for individual CPD modules. If you plan on completing one of the MDataGov qualifications, you must study and pass the four core modules before taking any optional modules.

University of Southampton

The MDataGov at University of Southampton is available as a full-time or part-time MSc, PgDip, PgCert and CPD modules, which are offered as face-to-face modules in Highfield.

Oxford Brookes University

The MDataGov at Oxford Brookes University is offered as a part-time MSc, PgDip or PgCert, available as a hybrid mix of face-to-face and online lessons, and CPD modules are delivered online. Face-to-face lectures take place in Wheatley.

MSc, PgDip or PgCert students are able to take all available modules in the CPD format, if preferred.

For CPD modules, you will be required to apply at least three weeks in advance of the module start date if you want to take the assessed option or at least one week in advance of the module start date for the unassessed option.

University of Glasgow

The MDataGov at University of Glasgow is offered as a part-time MSc, PgDip and PgCert and CPD modules. Lessons are delivered fully online, including assessment.

For CPD modules, applying as a “student learner” means that you will take the assessment, while applying as a “non-student learner” indicates that you will not be taking the assessment.


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Students taking assessed standalone CPD modules can accumulate credits towards a certificate if they decide to complete an MSc, PgDip or PgCert qualification at a later stage. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Do I have to request to use the RPL route by a certain time?

If you would like to use the RPL route, please contact the relevant university for more information, as there may be time constraints associated with this.

Can I transfer credits I have accumulated from another university?

Credits are not transferable across MDataGov university providers.

Can I skip modules where I already have significant knowledge?

If you are working towards a qualification and already have significant knowledge or experience in one of the core modules, you may be able to get an exemption via the RPL process. Please contact the relevant university for more information on their procedures.

Please note that if you choose to accumulate credits towards an MSc, PgDip or PgCert qualification with University of Southampton, you will be required to pay the full fee for your chosen qualification on top of the cost of the individual CPD modules you completed.

Cardiff University are working on a flexible delivery route so students can accumulate standalone CPD module credits towards a qualification.


Funding your studies

Funding for the MDataGov is available through your organisation. You can also apply for the Data Science Campus sponsorship of MDataGov standalone CPD modules.

Funding your studies through your organisation

Many public sector organisations offer funding to employees for professional development. If you are interested in taking an MDataGov course, speak with your line manager who will be able to put you in contact with the correct department in your organisation to apply for funding. This will usually be the finance, business support, capability or learning and development departments.

You may be asked to write a business case explaining why your organisation should fund your course and how you will use the knowledge and skills you learn to make a positive impact in your organisation.

Sponsorship of MDataGov CPD modules

Every year, the Data Science Campus sponsors a number of students to take one CPD module with one of our university partners. We aim to sponsor students who are unable to obtain funding for their course through their organisation.

The call for CPD module sponsorship applications is currently open. If you are interested in this opportunity, please complete and submit your application form by 4:30pm on Friday 26 August 2022.


Applying for the MDataGov

Applications are submitted through your chosen university and successful applicants are offered places on a first come first, served basis. Before completing your application form, you might find it useful to complete this checklist to make sure that you’re ready to apply.

Cardiff University Full-time MSc

Part-time MSc, PgDip, PgCert and CPD modules

Guidance notes

University of Southampton MSc, PgDip, PgCert and CPD modules
Oxford Brookes University MSc, PgDip and PgCert

CPD modules

University of Glasgow MSc, PgDip and PgCert

CPD modules


Contact

We review and update this page regularly. If you have any queries, please contact us at acp@ons.gov.uk

For queries regarding specific MDataGov university application processes, dates and modules, please contact the relevant university directly.

University Contact
Cardiff University Admissions

CPD queries

MSc, PgDip and PgCert queries

University of Southampton Admissions

Course queries

Oxford Brookes University Admissions

Course queries

University of Glasgow Admissions and course queries