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Data Science at LSE

As businesses, governments and academic institutions increasingly rely on data-driven decision-making, one of the main challenges they face is addressing the significant skills gap that exists in the field of data science.

The London School of Economics and Political Science runs data science degree programmes, and is working to equip students, researchers and executives with the skills they need to tackle business, science and social questions from a data perspective through the understanding of extracting useful information and knowledge from data.

BSc Data Science

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The BSc in Data Science aims to provide a programme of study that combines data science, machine learning, statistics and mathematics. The programme uses a rigorous approach, has a mathematical focus and involves applying data science to the social sciences. The BSc Data Science will prepare students for further study, or for professional and managerial careers, particularly in areas requiring the application of quantitative skills. The programme also allows students to choose to study a specialist area according to your developing interests and career plans. Students will gain practical skills, theoretical knowledge and contextual information that will be excellent preparation quantitative careers in a range of industries. 

This programme is based within the Department of Statistics.

MSc Data Science


The MSc in Data Science offers training in data science methods, with a focus on statistical perspectives. The programme offers students a solid theoretical foundation of statistical methods, as well as machine learning and data mining methods, and enables them to gain knowledge and hands-on experience in using modern computational tools and platforms that process small and large scale data. Students can choose to specialise in advanced topics in statistics and computing, and acquire analytical and quantitative skills in special application domains, such as finance and risk management. Capstone projects provide the opportunity of working on a real-world data science problem in collaboration with a corporate partner. 

This programme is based within the Department of Statistics.

MSc Applied Social Data Science

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The MSc in Applied Social Data Science offers students with a background in social sciences the chance to use data to answer social, economic or political questions using the tools of data analysis, data science and computation. The programme offers a series of courses in project-based programming, applied quantitative methods, and research principles in data science, designed for students without a formal computing or statistical background. Students will also have the opportunity to choose electives from other departments, reflecting their interests and backgrounds in a substantive research area. Capstone projects provide students with the opportunity to apply the technical skills they have learned to a project of their own design.

This programme is based in the Department of Methodology.


MSc Operations Research and Analytics

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The MSc in Operations Research and Analytics provides mathematically oriented students with the skills needed to apply mathematical methods to real-world problems faced by companies, governments and other institutions. The programme delivers practical training in modelling, along with the theory of mathematical optimisation, statistics, dynamic programming and other fundamental techniques, with specialised options including combinatorial optimisation, integer programming, and algorithmic data mining. Capstone projects offer students the opportunity to undertake a consultancy role in a host organisation, and provide a solution with tangible benefits to a problem faced by the organisation.

This programme is based in the Department of Mathematics.

MSc Health Data Science


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The MSc in Health Data Science is a programme designed to equip future health data analysts with the skills they need to interpret, analyse, assess, and evaluate health interventions, services, programmes, and policies. Students will be taught to use a range of statistical methods relevant to the context of health, including machine learning, data mining, artificial intelligence, and deep learning techniques. The specialised courses in the programme will also enable students to apply advanced methods of data science and statistics to investigate real world health policy questions.

This is a joint programme between the Department of Health Policy and the Department of Statistics.


MSc Geographic Data Science

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The MSc in Geographic Data Science is aimed at those who wish to develop their skills in the analysis of quantitative data to answer research questions on spatial and geographic social science topics. The programme will suit those interested in research for academic or policy purposes, have a background in economics or other quantitative social science and are interested in developing technical skills in analysis of spatial data. Skills in obtaining, managing, visualising and analysing data (data science) are in high demand and the programme combines a training in the application of these methods and the use of geographical information systems (GIS), with the chance to study topics in urban economics, economic geography, environmental economics or planning. The culmination of the programme is a dissertation in which you investigate your own research topic using the data science and GIS methods you have studied on the course.

This programme is based in the Department of Geography and Environment