Updated on 24 October 2022
Data Science Campus sponsorship
- About the MDataGov
- MDataGov courses
- Modes of delivery
- Recognition of Prior Learning
- Funding your studies
- Applying for 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:
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).
|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.
The MDataGov can be completed online, face-to-face or hybrid, depending on the university delivering the course.
|University||Mode of delivery|
|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 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.
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.
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.
For CPD modules, applying as a “for-credit learner” means that you will take the assessment, while applying as a “not-for-credit learner” indicates that you will not be taking the assessment.
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 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.
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 4pm on Friday 18 November 2022.
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|
|University of Southampton||MSc, PgDip, PgCert and CPD modules|
|Oxford Brookes University||MSc, PgDip and PgCert|
|University of Glasgow||MSc, PgDip and PgCert|
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For queries regarding specific MDataGov university application processes, dates and modules, please contact the relevant university directly.