Individual modules from the MSc in Data Analytics for Government (MDataGov) programme

Modules from the Master’s in Data Analytics for Government (MDataGov) programme can be taken as one-off training with optional assessment, and credits can be counted towards the MSc degree in the future. These can usually be taken at ONS sites, Oxford Brookes University, University of Southampton and University of Glasgow.

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

Individual MDataGov Online modules available in summer 2020

MDataGov modules delivered by University of Glasgow (Distance Learning)

If you are interested in broadening your coding skills this summer, University of Glasgow is offering MDataGov modules via distance learning this summer, subject to demand. The modules below are available as non-credit bearing courses (unassessed route) to home and international students.

A minimum of 10 registrations per module is required for courses to go ahead.

Full module syllabus, software and hardware requirements are available on the University of Glasgow website.

To register for a place complete the registration form for individual courses (MDataGov) and send it to

Applications close 7th June 2020.

Course Name Type Start Date Duration Price
Statistical Computing (R Programming) Full (nc) 15 June 11 weeks £556
Statistical Computing – Part 1 (Data Management and Graphics in R) Half (nc) 15 June 6 weeks £228
Statistical Computing – Part 2 (Advanced Programming, Shiny and RMarkdown) Half (nc) 27 July 5 weeks £228
Data Programming in Python Full (nc) 15 June 11 weeks £556
Data Programming in Python – Part 1 (Introduction to Programming in Python) Half (nc) 15 June 5 weeks £228
Data Programming in Python – Part 2 (Data Science in Python) Half (nc) 20 July 6 weeks £228

More information about the full MDataGov programme via distance learning from September 2020 is available on the University of Glasgow website.

MDataGov modules delivered by Oxford Brookes University

Summer 2020 (distance learning)

We are pleased to announce that the MSc in Data Analytics for Government (MDataGov) modules will be running as online learning from June to August 2020. (for details see modules summary below). The closing date for applications is two weeks before course starts.

The fee is £425 per course. The modules will each run over a full week, Monday-Friday from 9am until 4.00pm.

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

Date (week commencing) Module
15/06/20 Statistical Programming
06/07/20 Data Visualisation
27/07/20 Data Mining
10/08/20 Introduction to Machine Learning

Full module descriptions and timetable

Application form

Face-to-face Delivery at ONS sites (2019-20)
Office for National Statistics (ONS), Newport
Date Module Status
20th – 24th January 2020 Advanced Machine Learning (P08821) Delivered
18th – 22nd May 2020 Data Visualisation (P08825) Postponed due to COVID-19
8th – 12th June 2020 Time Series Analysis (P08815) Postponed due to COVID-19
Office for National Statistics (ONS), Titchfield
Date Module Status
20th – 24th January 2020 Intro to Machine Learning (P08820) Delivered
18th – 22nd May 2020 Advanced Machine Learning (P08821) Postponed due to COVID-19
22nd – 26th June 2020 Data Science Foundations (P08801) Postponed due to COVID-19

The following modules were delivered across ONS Newport and Titchfield sites as part of previous years’ programmes:

2018-2019 module programme
Introduction to Machine Learning
Data Visualisation
Survey Fundamentals
Introduction to Distributed Systems
Statistics in Government
2017-2018 module programme
Data Science Foundations
Statistical Programming
Regression Modelling

Modules delivered at Oxford Brookes University

2019 – 2020 Oxford Brookes timetable (Wheatley Campus, Oxford)
Semester 1 Monday Friday
10:00 – 12:00 Regression modelling Intro to Machine Learning
13:00 – 15:00 Statistical Programming Intro to Distributed Systems
16:00 – 18:00 Data Science Foundations Intro to Survey Research
Semester 2 Monday Friday
10:00 – 12:00 Advanced Statistical Modelling Time Series Analysis
13:00 – 15:00 Statistics in Government Data Visualisation
15:00 – 17:00 Survey Fundamentals Advanced Machine Learning
17:00 – 19:00 Data Mining

For more information please visit the Oxford Brookes website.

To apply please contact

Modules delivered at University of Southampton

2019-2020 University of Southampton timetable (Highfield Campus, Southampton)
Date  Semester 1
9th – 13th September 2019 Introduction module
30th September  – 4th October 2019 Introduction to Survey Research
14th – 18th October 2019 Regression Modelling
21st – 25th October 2019 Statistical Programming
4th – 8th November 2019 Demographic Methods I
11th – 15th November 2019 Survey Fundamentals
25th – 29th November 2019 Data Science Foundations
2nd – 6th December 2019 Additional Survey Sampling and Estimation
9th – 13th December 2019 Evaluation and Monitoring
Date Semester 2
27th – 31st January 2020 Statistics in Government
10th – 14th February 2020 Time Series Analysis
24th – 28th February 2020 Further sampling methods
9th – 13th March 2020 Demographic Methods II
16th – 20th March 2020 Small area estimation
30th March – 3rd April 2020 Index Numbers
20th – 24th April 2020 Analysis of Complex Survey Data
27th April – 1st May 2020 Admin Data in Official Statistics

For more information please visit the University of Southampton website.

To apply, please contact