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Data Science and Computational Intelligence MSc


This course starts in September 2017.

The Data Science and Computational Intelligence MSc has been designed to provide an industry-relevant programme that meets the needs of individuals wishing to pursue a research and development career in data science and computational intelligence.

Students will acquire knowledge, skills and expertise required for the analysis, interpretation and visualisation of complex, high-volume, high-dimensional and structured/unstructured data from varying sources. The programme will be delivered through activity-led and problem-based learning in the context of current research or industrial consultancy projects conducted by the academics teaching on the course. Students will explore cutting-edge research topics and technologies in order to maximise their professional career prospects.

The course has a carefully designed set of options that allows the individual to customise their programme of study according to their preferences, strengths and future plans.


If you choose this course you will benefit from the excellent modern facilities including specialist computing labs with high-performance hardware and industry-standard software. There will be opportunities for joint projects with local companies, guest lectures and interacting with employers. You will also have the opportunity to get involved in projects pursued by our research groups in: Computational Intelligence; Intelligent Information Modelling and retrieval; Distributed Systems and Modelling; Interactive Worlds; Digital Security and Forensics and Biomedical Computing and Engineering Technologies. Every year our students present their best work at the yearly  Computing Show which attracts abundance of potential employers. You will work in collaborative international environment, which reflects the globalised nature of the computing industries. You can also get involved in variety of extra curricula activities including social events, trips and computing.


Mandatory study topics

  • Artificial Neural Networks (15 credits);
  • Machine Learning and Data Mining (15 credits);
  • Fuzzy Logic and Evolutionary Computing (15 credits);
  • Intelligent Information retrieval (15 credits);
  • Business Intelligence and Big Data Processing (15 credits);
  • Cloud Computing and Distributed Technologies (15 credits);
  • Project dissertation (60 credits).

The remainder of the programme is bespoke, made up of topics from areas such as:

  • IT Project Management (15 credits);
  • Internet Systems Development (15 credits);
  • Open Systems Application Development (15 credits).

The MSc Project

The Data Science and Computational Intelligence postgraduate programme includes the completion of an individual project. Guided by an expert tutor, the MSc project serves to provide a method of applying previous learning whilst further developing the skills necessary to carry out research and facilitate the acquisition of valuable professional experience integral to that of a computer professional.

The MSc project serves to integrate and apply the subjects studied. The project could be industry-based or undertaken in collaboration with one of the University research groups, within the cognate area of this MSc.

Entry Requirements

Applicants for this programme will normally be expected to possess a minimum of upper second class honours degree in Computer science, Mathematics or other relevant area.

This course requires IELTS 6.5. Alternatively, students may be admitted with IELTS 6.0 subject to successfully completing a compulsory five week pre-sessional English course, operated by Coventry University, before joining their master’s programme. If you don’t have the required level of English then view our range of Pre-Sessional English courses.


To find out more about how to apply, click on the Apply For This Course button above. Many of our courses offer a part-time study option. Note that the part-time mode of study is not applicable to international students, unless you hold a relevant visa – please check with the international office.

Please note: we have a range of taught postgraduate awards to suit your needs, from Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma to a full Master's Degree (MA, MBA, MSc, LLM). In most cases you can decide to exit at Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma level, without carrying onto the full Master's qualification.

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

The course presents existing opportunities in pursuing careers as data scientists, data professionals and data analysts in variety of sectors including financial services, retail, marketing, customer and business intelligence. On Completion of the course, graduates should be equipped with sought after, specialist knowledge and skills by industries which deal with very large volumes of data.


Centre for Global Engagement logoTo prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Click here for further details on the Global Leaders Programme.


Further information

If you click on the Order a Prospectus button above, we will send you a printed Postgraduate Prospectus; alternatively you can download a pdf prospectus.

To find out more information about Postgraduate Study at Coventry University, including finance and funding and the benefits of further study, see our Postgraduate Study pages.

Course code:
  • 1 year full-time

  • Postgraduate Degree (MBA / MSc / MA / MPA)

Course type:
  • Full time


Contact Details:

International Office

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2152