Faculty of Science and Health

Conversion courses

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Impatient to upgrade your skills?

Data is at the heart of the digital economy.

As a result, data science and artificial intelligence are key fields of future employment, with an ever-increasing number of roles across the globe for those who have experience in these fields. Health, finance, education, these are all areas that are seeing significant growth, but are being hampered by a lack of good candidates with the right qualifications.

However for many people the experience needed to study and work in these areas is beyond their scope. Many postgraduate degrees in data science or artificial intelligence require applicants to have backgrounds in core science areas, such as computer science, mathematics, or engineering.

Our conversion courses are designed to help those who have previously studied the humanities or social sciences, or who have some science and data experience through degrees in life sciences or business.

Through our degrees you will gain the key skills you need to flourish in a future career. Depending on your course you will learn programming in R, the ability to design and implement novel solutions, machine learning, and statistical modelling.

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The courses

We offer the following Master of Science conversion degrees:

These courses can be taken full time or part time.


Once you have been accepted onto one of the courses listed above starting in October 2024 or January 2025, you will be eligible to apply for an AI and Data Science scholarship if you are a Home (UK) student. This award of £10,000 can be used towards the cost of the course fee, or as a stipend to support you while you study.

We particularly welcome applications from individuals who are members of under-represented groups in computer science and mathematics, including applicants who are female, Black, or disabled.

The deadline to apply for a scholarship will be confirmed soon.

More information, including how to apply, can be found on the scholarship page.

If you have any questions please contact pgadmit@essex.ac.uk

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