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MSc in Data Analytics for Government

Growing and building the capability of the workforce across government remains a key role of the ONS Learning Academy and the Data Science Campus. Delivering a Masters level qualification has always been a requirement for professional career development. Working in partnership, the Learning Academy and Data Science Campus have successfully appointed, following a competitive bidding process, University College London, Oxford Brookes University and Southampton University to be part of a Framework to deliver the MSc in Data Analytics for Government from October 2017.


The application process for the MSc in Data Analytics for Government is now open. Please see the linked information for the modules being provided by  University of Southampton (provisional 2018/2019 timetable), Oxford Brookes University and University College London .before deciding which MSc course you are most interested in.

All applications for MSc in Data Analytics for Government will be made directly to your University of choice. Please use the following contact points and information as your guide:

  • Southampton University – For the full MSc and individual module application forms and submissions, please contact Paul Smith – or
  • University College London – For more information, please contact Prof. Sofia Olhede –
  • Oxford Brookes – For the full MSc, applications may be submitted online using the link above. If you are interested in one of the individual modules, please contact for the relevant application forms. For further information, please contact Dr. Rachel Long, .

Please ensure that you have discussed the funding for your studies with your line manager and budget holder.

Please note that you must have already attained a degree in a quantitative discipline, or equivalent experience, before you can apply for the MSc in Data Analytics for Government. Please discuss your application with the programme directors.

Southampton will deliver their modules in a block week, whereas UCL and OB will deliver theirs one day per week.

A new bidding process is in progress for 2019 onwards aiming at expanding the list of MSc providers in the Framework. For further information, please contact