School
Computer Science
Start date(s)
September 2024 January 2025
Study Mode
Full-time (1 year)
Full-time (16 months)
Full-time (2 years) with Placement
Full-time (28 months) with Placement
Part-time (2 years)
Location
Leeds City Campus

Course overview

Are you interested in understanding your right to know how and where data is used in the digital era? Do you want to contribute to improving decision-making on critical and complex problems?

In today's world, we rely increasingly on technologies such as phones, computers, and IoT devices to shop, bank, travel, communicate, socialise, manage and monitor health conditions. As a result, data is being collected at an unprecedented rate, by every industry and organisation, to inform decisions that benefit their business, society, and the environment. This programme aims to create a new generation of accountable and responsible experts in Data Science and AI, reflecting the needs of employers and the skillset and qualities that define proficiency in these fields. Get ready to empower yourself and make a positive impact in the world of data science and AI.

You can choose from five study routes:

Full-time, 1 year (September start)

Full-time, 16 months (January start)* 

Full-time, 2 years with Professional Placement (September start)* 

Full-time, 28 months with Professional Placement* (January start)* 

Part-time, 2 years (September start)

* These study modes are subject to validation and the applications are not yet open. 

The Student Contract

About this course

Designed in collaboration with key stakeholders including students, employers, academics and external advisors, this programme aims to enable you to develop skills of logical, explorative, analytical and critical thinking in intelligent decision support systems.

Delivered by expert lecturers and industry experts with evidence of research within the Data Science and AI field, each module covers essential elements of data and intelligence with increasing complexity of the knowledge and skills you will need to understand in the digital era.

Real-world case studies will be used throughout the course, and you’ll also have the opportunity to carry out a professional work placement, putting into practice what you’ll learn in your taught sessions.

The full-time Professional Placement option offers you the chance to enhance your qualification by spending a year completing an industry placement or engaging with a research project at the University. Although we cannot guarantee placements for students, we will provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your placement.

On successful completion of the MSc Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, you could work in a number of roles, which could include Data Analyst, Strategic Data Insight, AI Developer, AI Data Engineer, Business Intelligence Analyst, ML Engineer or Data Scientist. This degree will also prepare you for further study, such as pursuing a PhD.

There are various start dates to suit you.  

Artificial Intelligence and Data Science Scholarships

Applicants with a conditional or unconditional offer for our MSc in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence programme may be eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Office for Students. 

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they fall under at least one of the nine underrepresented groups as identified by the OfS, with scholarships prioritised for women, black students, students registered disabled and those from low socioeconomic backgrounds, to increase diversity in the tech sector.

For full eligibility criteria and further information, visit our MSc Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Scholarship page and our news page.

Why study with us

  • Gain hands-on experience with access to real-world assessment strategies and successfully demonstrate industry-based skills and innovation in decision support and data-driven decision-making.
  • Acquire knowledge of ethical and legal issues that inform data and AI.
  • Develop multi-disciplinary skills of statistics and computing skills.
  • Put into practice what you learn in taught sessions with professional work placements, working on real-world problems.
  • Receive financial support through a PG loan or bursary. For more information and full eligibility criteria on the Artificial Intelligence and Data Science Scholarship, visit our MSc Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Scholarship page.
  • There are various start dates to suit you. Please refer to the course structure tables below.
  • Choose to study the MSc Data Science and Artificial Intelligence with a Professional Placement and you will acquire experience in the workplace relevant to your future career, giving you a distinct advantage over other graduates.

Course Modules

You will study a variety of modules across your programme of study. The module details given below are subject to change and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Core modules

You will study the following modules throughout your degree. View the Course Structure tables regarding the different start dates.

Secure Software Development Artificial Intelligence Data Science and Visualisation Responsible Computing Project

Placement year

You may choose to study this course with a Professional Placement.

Professional Placement

This module allows you to develop, practice and demonstrate skills relevant to your programme of study in a professional work environment. 

You must select one of the following two options for your Professional Placement.

Industry Placement

Spend a year working full-time in industry. You will have an opportunity to apply to a range of advertised placements, which will offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in a professional workplace setting. Although we cannot guarantee placements for students, we will provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your placement.

Research Project

Develop your research and academic skills by working as a member of a research team being led by one of our leading researchers. Experience working as part of a research team in an academic setting. Ideal for those who are interested in a career in academic or industrial research or consultancy.

Course structures

Please see below the course structure tables for the different start dates. 

If you choose to study the MSc Data Science with Artificial Intelligence with Professional Placement, your first year will follow either the full-time one-year September or January start course structure tables below.

Your Professional Work Placement in industry or through a placement based at the University is equivalent to and replicates an authentic professional or research environment. You will carry out the Professional Placement across all three terms and will be worth 120 credits. 

Course structure tables

September - Full-time, 1 year programme
Year Term Module Credits Contact Hours
1 1 Secure Software Development 30 10 x 3 hours
Data Science and Visualisation 30 10 x 3 hours
2 Responsible Computing 30 10 x 3 hours
Artificial Intelligence 30 10 x 3 hours
3 and Summer Project 60 4 x 3 hours workshops plus 6 x 30-minute supervision meetings
September - Full-time, 2 years with Professional Placement
Year Term Module Credits Contact Hours
1 1 Secure Software Development 30 4 x 3 hours
Data Science and Visualisation 30 4 x 3 hours
2 Artificial Intelligence 30 4 x 3 hours
Responsible Computing 30 4 x 3 hours
3 and Summer Project 60 4 x 3 hour workshops plus 30-minute supervision meetings
2 1, 2 and 3 Professional Placement 120 TBC
September - Part-time, 2 year programme
Year Term Module Credits Contact Hours
1 1 Secure Software Development 30 10 x 3 hours
2 Responsible Computing 30 10 x 3 hours
2 1 Data Science and Visualisation 30 10 x 3 hours
2 Artificial Intelligence 30 10 x 3 hours
3 and summer Project 60 6 x 30-minute supervision meetings
January - Full-time, 16 month programme
Year Term Module Credits Contact hours
1 1 (Jan-May) Responsible Computing 30 10 x 3 hours
Artificial Intelligence 30 10 x 3 hours
2 (May-Sept) Study break
3 (Sept-Dec) Secure Software Development 30 10 x 3 hours
Data Science and Visualisation 30 10 x 3 hours
2 1 (Jan-May) Project 60 6 x 30-minute supervision meetings
January - Full-time, 28 months with Professional Placement
Year Term Module Credits Contact hours
1 1 (Jan-May) Responsible Computing 30 10 x 3 hours
Artificial Intelligence 30 10 x 3 hours
2 (May-Sept) Study break
3 (Sept-Dec) Secure Software Development 30 10 x 3 hours
Data Science and Visualisation 30 10 x 3 hours
2 1 (Jan-May) Project 60 4 x 3 hour workshops plus 6 x 30-minute supervision meetings
2 and 3 2, 3 and 1 (May-April) Professional Placement 120 TBC

Got a question about the course?

Our Computer Science team are on hand to answer your questions, whether you want to know about the modules you'll be studying, where you can complete your professional placement or the types of assessments you'll do, they are here to help.

Learning and Teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and provide you with the tools and support to help you achieve your academic, personal and professional potential.

Our Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy delivers excellence by providing the framework for:

  • high quality teaching
  • an engaging and inclusive approach to learning, assessment and achievement
  • a clear structure through which you progress in your academic studies, your personal development and towards professional-level employment or further study.

We have a strong reputation for developing student employability, supporting your development towards graduate employment, with relevant skills embedded throughout your programme of study.

We endeavour to develop curiosity, confidence, courage, ambition and aspiration in all students through the key themes in our Learning and Teaching Strategy:

  • Student Involvement and Engagement
  • Inclusion
  • Integrated Programme and Assessment Experience
  • Digital Literacy and Skills
  • Employability and Enterprise

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • Understanding how to use tools and technology to support learning and development

Assessment

Assessments are centred around a real-world scenario where you will need to apply your knowledge of the topics covered to solve given problems. You will be assessed by various methods, which include:

  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Portfolios
  • Software artefacts

 

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

Our MSc programme is open to individuals from all backgrounds, not just computer science graduates. We believe in the power of diverse perspectives and are dedicated to supporting you in pivoting your expertise. Whether you hold an honours degree (minimum 2.2) in a computing-related subject or have equivalent professional experience in the field, or even if your degree is non-STEM, you are welcome to apply to us. We understand that academic qualifications do not define your potential, and we provide opportunities to ensure that everyone, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to apply to study the MSc degree with us.

For more information on meeting English language requirements and academic requirements by country, visit our International Applicants page.

Please contact us for personalised advice on 0113 283 7123 or at admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Fees and finance

Funding

UK Home Students:

For further information about our tuition fees please visit our Student Fees and Finance pages.

Please note, if your course includes a Professional Placement, there is an additional £3,000 on top of the standard fee, which is payable in year one.

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you may be eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your tuition fees. Please note, the alumni discount does not apply to the additional £3,000 if your course includes a Professional Placement year.

International Students, including EU Students:

Visit our web page for international students.

Please note, if your course includes a Professional Placement, there is an additional £3,000 on top of the standard fee, which is payable in year one.

If you studied your undergraduate degree at Leeds Trinity University, you may be eligible for a discount of up to 50% on the cost of your tuition fees. Please note, the alumni discount does not apply to the additional £3,000 if your course includes a Professional Placement year.

Scholarships

Artificial Intelligence and Data Science Scholarships:

Applicants with a conditional or unconditional offer for our MSc in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence programme may be eligible to apply for a scholarship from the Office for Students (OfS). 

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they fall under at least one of the nine underrepresented groups as identified by the OfS.

For full eligibility criteria and further information, visit our MSc Data Science and Artificial Intelligence Scholarship page and our news page.

Leeds Trinity Alumni Discount:

Some Leeds Trinity graduates are eligible for a tuition fee discount on postgraduate courses of up to 50%, excluding PGCE Delivery Partner Model and Lead Partner Model, and Masters by Research courses. You will need to achieve a 2:2 or above in a Leeds Trinity undergraduate course to qualify.

Postgraduate course Leeds Trinity Alumni Discount
MSc programmes  50% for Leeds Trinity graduates with a 1st class honours degree
MSc programmes 35% for Leeds Trinity graduates with a 2:1 honours degree
MSc programmes  20% for Leeds Trinity graduates with a 2:2 honours degree

How to apply

There is no official closing date for applications, but the course will be closed when it is full. We therefore encourage you to make your application as early as possible.

Applications for the January and Placement Year study modes are not yet open. Please register your interest below to be updated when applications open.

Please ensure you complete the application form in full and supply all the required supporting documentation when you make your initial application. Incomplete applications may be rejected.

If you need advice on your application, please contact our admissions team on 0113 283 7123 (Monday to Thursday, 9.00am to 5.00pm, or Friday 9.00am to 4.00pm) or admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Home applicants - How to apply

Applicants who require a Student Route Visa

If you require a Student Route Visa in order to study in the UK, then you must apply to us by 30 June 2024 for a September start.

Part-time study is not available for international students on a Student Route Visa.

To view academic requirements by country, visit our International Applicants page

International applicants - How to apply

Register your interest

Please register your interest below to sign up for when applications for the various start dates open later on this year.

Register your interest

What happens next?

Our admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application by email. Where applications are submitted but references are still in progress, admissions will wait for the reference(s) to be received and then will process it, and forward to the relevant Programme Leader within five days of receipt of the reference(s).

The Programme Leader will make a decision based on your application. You may be asked to provide a reference to demonstrate your academic and non-academic experiences, or you may be invited to attend an interview. If you are successful and made an offer, the conditions will be outlined in your offer letter. 

Applications will be acknowledged within five working days. Applicants will be contacted within 15 working days with a request for additional information, invite to an informal interview or an application decision.

Made an offer?

You should accept or decline your offer by emailing admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.

If you accept, you'll need to prove you satisfy the conditions outlined in your offer letter.

You may be asked to present the relevant supporting documentation in person to the student information point on campus, if originals are not needed you’ll be contacted and given details of how to provide the supporting documentation.

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