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Data Science

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Data Science has never been more relevant. As Google’s chief economist, Hal Varian, has stated, ‘The ability to take data – to understand it, process it, extract value from it, communicate it – that’s hugely important for the next decade.’
  • Blazing a trail

    UEL is a pioneer when it comes to data science, having becoming the first university in England to offer a Data Science MSc in 2013. Since then, a few others have followed our lead. We have a cross-disciplinary approach to extracting value from data and its application in society, and our research was rated ‘world-leading’ in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
  • good for your career

    An MSc in Data Science will prepare you for a professional career and makes you eligible to apply for membership of the Royal Statistical Society.
  • Unique opportunity

    We’re the only university in the world to offer a professional doctorate in Data Science. Our D.DataSc gives you the highest possible qualification in the subject, putting you on course for a senior position in organisations that understand the value of data in their success, or for a career in research.

Why us?

The explosion in data collection in recent years means organisations need professionals with the practical skills to interpret and analyse data critically and to apply those skills in business, scientific and social settings.

Our courses will prepare you for a profession in which job opportunities are rising exponentially. Students from UEL have gained employment in a variety of fast expanding data-centric sectors.

Our lecturers have participated in numerous data analysis projects, including work for KPMG, police forces, the London Borough of Newham and several NHS trusts.
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Study with us and you will gain hands-on experience of working with a wide range of data in areas that include crime, health, education, urban planning and environment. You will also have access to superb laboratories and the very latest equipment

We’re leading the way in using high-quality, open-source software that’s free to download so you’ll be able to work independently as students as well as with your lecturers. This, along with our week-long intensive block delivery of modules, is a highly popular feature of the course, particularly with students flying in from abroad.
Learning By Doing


This course has helped me to develop my data analysis skills and my understanding of the use of data in society. Guess what… I can now programme open-source software, which will give me confidence in my future career.
Maddie King , MSc Data Science
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What we’re researching

Our research and consultancy focus on key aspects of data science pertinent to data mining, data analysis and data modelling. Applications have concerned the natural environment and the social environment. Our research was rated ‘world-leading’ in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

We have devised data-driven, problem-solving methodologies for policing, healthcare, education, local planning/regeneration and marketing analysis. In particular, we have undertaken in-depth studies of repeat victimisation, domestic violence and race crime, A&E patient profiling, healthcare accessibility, education evaluation and local social infrastructure planning.

We also have rich experience in environmental modelling and engineering, for example in the topics of green roof, landslide, flooding and oil spill.

Dr Yang Li is a specialist in data cleansing, data integration and geocomputational analysis, including data quality modelling and sensitivity analysis. He has undertaken numerous data analysis projects, including work for the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Home Office, Department of Health and KPMG.

Professor Allan Brimicombe is Head of the Centre for Geo-Information Studies at UEL.  He is an Academician in the Academy of Social Sciences, deputy chair of the National Statistician’s Crime Statistics Advisory Committee, as well as company secretary and executive committee member of the British Society of Criminology. He’s also a chartered geographer and is active in the Royal Geographical Society. His data research has been applied to crime, health, education, natural hazards, utilities and business.  

Recently, Allan and Yang have been working on an important Olympic Games Impact Study following the London 2012 Games. Commissioned by the Economic and Social Research Council, this study is supported by the IOC and is the first of its kind for a summer Games.

Their research has included analysis of social impact (e.g. education, crime and health); economic impact (e.g. employment, business and public infrastructure); and environmental impact (e.g.  water quality, air quality and land use. ). This project is typical of UEL’s cross-disciplinary approach to research.

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