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Data Science Campus MDataGov Sponsorship 2019-2020

Following the successful Data Science Campus master sponsorship which we offered in 2016, 2017 and 2018, we are pleased to sponsor another cohort of civil servants to start the MSc in Data Analytics for Government (MDataGov) in the 2019 to 2020 academic year.

The Data Science Campus sponsorship is subject to the MDataGov application being accepted by one of the partner universities. Successful candidates are required to take at least half of their optional module credits in data science related topics.

Students sponsored by the Data Science Campus are expected to act as data science ambassadors, not only in the Office for National Statistics (ONS) but across government. You will work with fellow students across the programme to promote the use of data science in government for the benefit of the public good.

How to apply

Please complete the application form (doc, 88KB) and send it to gss.capability@ons.gov.uk by Sunday 12 May 2019. We will inform successful candidates in the week starting 13 May 2019.

About the MDataGov programme

The MDataGov programme structure includes four compulsory modules (Data Science Foundations, Statistics in Government, Survey Fundamentals and Statistical Programming), and optional modules to be chosen from a range of courses in statistics and data science.

University College London (UCL) (full MSc only)

  • Deadline for applications is 26 July 2019. Projected fees: £15,220. Please note that UCL will offer a reduced fee of £10,500 to the top 5 MDataGov applications submitted to UCL. This is an internal UCL process and it is independent of the campus sponsorship process.
  • If you are successful in applying for the campus sponsorship, please note that the campus will sponsor up to a maximum of £10,000 towards UCL fees. Your business area may be able to cover the rest. Please speak to your line manager about this when making your submission.
  • Find out more about the programme.

Oxford Brookes University

  • Fees: £7,650.
  • Provisional list of modules for the 2019 to 2020 academic year:
    • Semester 1: Data Science Foundations, Statistical Programming, Regression Modelling, Time Series Analysis, Introduction to Machine Learning, Data Visualisation.
    • Semester 2: Statistics in Government, Survey Fundamentals, Advanced Statistical Modelling, Intro to Survey Research, Advanced Machine Learning, Introduction to Distributed Systems.
  • Find out about the programme.

Want to know more?

Current and past students recently showcased their work at the MDataGov Symposium in Manchester. The blog on the Campus website provides highlights from the day, including the student’s presentations.