Data analytics

Impatient to be part of the data revolution?

Data analytics

Data science and analytics is about carrying out the investigations needed to inform important decisions and to predict new trends. 

Your course balances solid theory with practical application through exploring topics including: computer science and programming; databases and mathematical skills; ethical issues around the use and processing of data; as well as developing specialist skills in the areas of big data, data analytics and data science.

Modern technologies are constantly changing and reshaping the way we interact with the world and each other. Data scientists are required in every sector, carrying out statistical analysis or mining data on social media, so our course can open the door to almost any industry, from health, to government, to publishing.

Why study here?
  • Join a community of scholars leading the way in technological research and development.
  • We are home to many of the world's top scientists and engineers in the field of data analytics.
  • 100% of our maths graduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2021).

The speed at which individuals, businesses, organisations and governments are generating data is increasing at an unprecedented rate.

Making sense of all this data, deriving new insights and supporting better decisions requires not just new methods and techniques but also posing smarter questions. We look beyond the hype and focus on the real challenges, opportunities, commercialisation and social use of data.

We bring together academic experts in analytics and data science from across our University to offer cutting-edge research, specialist courses and vital business insights.

Our Masters courses offer you the opportunity to obtain advanced knowledge and skills in analytics and data science.

For students without a strong background in mathematics and computer science, we also offer a range of conversion courses that will suppose your skills in data science methodology.

Why study here?
  • Our interdisciplinary Institute for Data Analytics (IADS) conducts research into data issues from the scientific and technological, to the sociological and legal.
  • We offer you access to specialist research facilities such as the UK Data Archive and our Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), both located on campus.
  • You have the opportunity to work in partnership with businesses and other organisations to develop real-world skills and knowledge.
Photo of MSc Data Science student, Victor Perez Cester
"Whether it’s a car manufacturer, a government agency or a software company, all of them need skilled computer professionals. Although I had already studied a computer science degree, I wanted to expand my skills in machine learning and artificial intelligence, while at the same time developing knowledge of the processes and operations used to extract valuable information from data. The MSc Data Science at Essex was the perfect fit for me. The modules I most enjoy are the ones that require some sort of hands-on assignment. Whether it’s research or programming, I love to solve problems and write code."
Victor Perez Cester msc data science student
Image of two Asian students sitting in Square 4 at the Colchester Campus
We are global

Essex is a university with an international outlook. We have students and staff from over 130 countries around the world. Be part of our global community.

Find out more

Modern economies increasingly demand analytically trained researchers in both academia and practice. 

A deep understanding of data science methodologies can generate significant opportunities for business leaders, managers, policy makers and entrepreneurs.

Research in data science will allow you to study state-of-the-art questions using cutting-edge methods and technologies with direct societal impact.

During your research at Essex, you’ll be supervised by internationally recognised researchers in data science topics such as machine learning, big data, statistical analysis, biostatistics, non-parameteric statistics, dimensionality reduction, clustering methods, deep learning and many more

Why study here?
  • You will work alongside internationally renowned researchers - Essex is Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, intensity weighted GPA, mainstream universities, THE 2014).
  • You have the opportunity to access databases including Bloomberg and Compustat, Passport GMID, Bankscope and Datastream.
  • We offer you access to specialist research facilities such as the UK Data Archive and our Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), both located on campus.
Image of Madalina Mihailescu
"The journey of a PhD student is just like a roller coaster, so make sure you take the time to celebrate the wins and reflect on the losses. My PhD involves examining the process of skeletal muscle activation/deactivation by developing novel mathematical methods to extract dynamic information from image data. The most enjoyable aspect of my work is the flexibility it gives me as an individual and being able to deepen my understanding in the field of Bayesian statistics, which I find particularly interesting. In the future I plan to work in the industry as a Data Scientist, on various projects related either to macroeconomics or finance."
Madalina Mihailescu  phd data science student
A row of old looking library books
Explore our research

Discover cutting edge research from the University of Essex. Browse our site to find relevant publications, projects, groups, centres, postgraduate opportunities for research supervision and wider areas of interest. Simply search our site to find information relating to your subject.

Search our research


Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed on each course page show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.