The world is more data-driven than ever, and while specialist analytical, digital, data science, and artificial intelligence skills are in high demand, the supply is still very limited. There is a lack of experts in data science and artificial intelligence and this lack of expertise means that, currently, only few companies are actually able to exploit the full potential of their data sets and transform the same into a competitive advantage.
This new MSc programme has been designed in response to the shortage of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Analytics (DA) specialists in the UK. It will give you the skills and professional insight you need to launch a career in these diverse and fast-growing sectors.
A number of £10,000 scholarships will be offered to Home/EU/International students* attending the three-month placement version of this programme, as part of a £1.4m investment by Office for Students (OfS), Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Office for Artificial Intelligence and industry contributions.
*Please check eligibility criteria.
The programme will provide you with an applied understanding of Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics. This programme is suitable for applicants from all backgrounds and no prior technical knowledge is required. You will develop the relevant technical skills you need as part of the programme.
Technical skills you will develop include a knowledge of Python, R, Julia, Weka, AWS, MS Azure, SAS, SPSS, and Excel. Non-technical soft skills, the development of which are key to your long-term success in any industry, include data-driven decision-making, critical thinking, business acumen and entrepreneurship, and communication, teamwork and leadership skills.
You will have the opportunity for a three-month industry placement** as part of the programme, giving you invaluable real-world experience and an opportunity to build industry contacts.
**For students awarded OfS Scholarship, the placement is compulsory.
Your intellectual and employability skills will be further developed through access to our Career Booster professional development programme. In addition, the proposed curriculum will offer you the opportunity to obtain professional certifications through AWS Academy and SAS.
You will graduate as a confident, creative, enterprising, independent data modeller and interpreter, able to select appropriate AI and DS tools for a given practical problem and perform empirical analysis that feeds into data-driven decision-making.
We are proud to be in an elite group of business schools to hold the triple accreditations of Equis, AMBA and AACSB, often referred to as the "Triple Crown".
Students will have the opportunity to develop their intellectual skills further and increase their employability prospects through micro-badges available via SAS content and Amazon Web Services content. These are invaluable industry-recognised certifications that prepare you for more job responsibilities - they will open the doors to different employment options and you can use them anywhere in the world.
SAS is one of the world’s leading industry standard data analytics software, used as part of this degree to train students. SAS are one of our strategic partners. They are advocates for our students gaining certification with the software, which is used widely in the business world, as part of this programme.
All learners will have the opportunity to seek professional certification with the AWS Academy programme from Amazon Web Services, as part of the programme. As a member of the AWS Academy, the University of Bradford will help students become proficient and certified in the use of AWS technologies and ready to join the dynamic cloud IT workforce.
A 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in any STEM or non-STEM-related subjects. Work experience is not required.
Mature students will be considered on a case by case basis. Applicants with non-degree qualifications will be also considered who have relevant work experience (minimum 3 years’ full-time professional problem-solving experience) and will be assessed on an interview basis.
English language requirements
IELTS: 6.0 overall, with no sub-test less than 5.5.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.
All module information is for 2020 entry, and is subject to change. This course also offers an optional three-month work placement.
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Fees, finance and scholarships
Tuition fee 2020
There may be additional costs that you may incur as a student. Though these are not essential to your programme of study you need to be aware of them as a student of the University. A list of the sort of costs you might expect can be found on our fees and finance section.
See our fees and financial support section.
Every year we award numerous non-repayable scholarships to UK, EU and international students on the basis of academic excellence, personal circumstances or economic hardship. For full details, visit our scholarships section.
A number of £10,000 scholarships are available to students attending this programme, as part of a £1.3m investment by Office for Students (OfS), Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Office for Artificial Intelligence and industry contributions.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
AWS Academy program from Amazon Web Services (AWS)
The School of Management has joined the prestigious worldwide AWS Academy program from Amazon Web Services (AWS). All students will be given an opportunity to enhance their employability skills, helping to make them ready for the world of work.
AWS Academy is a global program that provides educational institutions with access to cloud computing content to support student learning in a competitive digital workplace. As a member of the AWS Academy, the University of Bradford will help students become proficient and certified in the use of AWS technologies and ready to join the dynamic cloud IT workforce.
All learners will have the opportunity to seek professional certification with the skills gained through AWS Academy content, delivered by University staff that are AWS Academy accredited.
During your time studying at the Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences you will have the opportunity to take part in our distinctive career booster programme throughout the duration of your course. The programme is designed to equip you with the necessary skills and graduate attributes to be job-ready when seeking employment with leading innovative organisations. The Career Booster Programme (PDF, 2.8 MB) offers you the opportunity to gain certificates in:
- The European Computer Driving License (ECDL) - the benchmark for digital literacy
- Sage 50 Accounting and Sage 50 Payroll - training that will allow you to develop leading accounting and payroll software skills
- Project Manager Professional certificates - giving you the edge when seeking to become a Certified Project Manager
- Big Data analysis and reporting skills - using Software and Services (SAS) that will lead to certification.
In addition, the programme will also include activities to promote teamwork, confidence, communication and many other skills sought by employers.
Developing a portfolio of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certificates will demonstrate to employers that you are not only ambitious but also take responsibility for your own professional development.
Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
Students registered for postgraduate degrees in the School of Management (SoM) during the 2020/21 academic year will be encouraged to register with the Project Management Institute (PMI) and become a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). The PMI is the world's leading association for those who consider that project, programme or portfolio management as their profession or for those who see developing skills in this area as being an important additional professional qualification.
The school will help support students prepare for this exam through the one-week Career Booster short course programme which will be delivered in Semester 2. This will be followed by a one-week CAPM revision session to help students prepare for the exam.
Any of the School’s MSc students at the beginning of the academic year at Bradford can register as an individual member of the PMI. This will give students access to a range of learning materials on the PMI website. Towards the end of the taught MSc programme at the School of Management, students will be supported to register for the PMI’s CAPM exam which is a three-hour multiple-choice assessment.
Regardless of your career stage, the Certified Associate in Project Management is an asset that will distinguish you in the job market and enhance credibility and effectiveness working on projects or with project teams. Further information on the benefits of becoming a member of the PMI and a Certified Associate in Project Management can be found on the Project Management Institute (PMI) website.
This programme has been designed to enable you as a graduate to launch or enhance a career in the artificial intelligence and/or data science sectors, as well as giving you the skills you need to work in related consultancy or to start a new tech business.
Career opportunities include (but are not limited to):
- Applied artificial intelligence and data science professional
- Graduate analyst
- Business analyst
- Analytics consultant
- Technology consultant
- Digital marketing analyst
- Digital insights manager
- Start new tech business
You'll be allocated a Personal Academic Tutor, who will provide you with personal guidance and support.
Module leaders and tutors will be accessible, providing office hours and appointments in order to support your learning beyond class contact.
The Effective Learning Service (ELS) is a dedicated facility within the Faculty of Management, Law and Social Sciences, established to support our students to maximise their academic learning (e.g assignments and examinations), as well as help overseas students adapt quickly to UK academic requirements.
The ELS provides a huge range of services, including various workshops run during term time, 1-1 consultations and vast printed and online resources to cater for every possible development area.
These are in addition to the wide range of student support that is offered by the University of Bradford at City Campus.
The programme will be part of the Business Analytics, Circular Economy and Supply Chain (BACES) Research Centre at the School of Management. The centre brings together enthusiastic and ambitious academics, who will also deliver this programme.