Programme director, Dr Chris Playford, talks about the programme.
MSc Applied Social Data Science
Policy-making in all sectors has become more data driven and advanced training in issues of data use, data sharing, transparency, and accountability are important for both the public and private sectors. Unlocking the potential of collecting, sharing and analysing massive amounts of administrative and economic, social and political information to bring economic and social benefits requires individuals trained in both policy analysis and data analytics.
The MSc in Applied Social Data Science offers rigorous data analytic training alongside a specialisation in a policy subfield (e.g. social and family policy, economic and public policy, environment, criminal justice, security). It equips students with the technical understanding of a range of data analytic techniques and the practical software and programming skills to implement these methods to address their own research questions. The programme is designed to enable students to carry out their own research and to equip them to pursue other professional research activities subsequently.
Employability and work placements
All students enrolled on our Q-Step undergraduate and postgraduate programmes have the opportunity to undertake a work placement with one of our industry partners. A work placement will allow you to get hands-on analysis experience for a period of 2 to 11 weeks. Work placements students will also receive a bursary of up to £2,000 to support them during the placement. There are wide variety of placements to choose from locally, nationally and in Europe with a variety of public sector organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and industry.