Gain specialist data science skills to fast-track your career


Embrace the very latest in data science and machine learning with the University of Reading’s MSc Data Science and Advanced Computing.

Why study this MSc Data Science and Advanced Computing?

Develop in-depth knowledge of big data analysis and data-driven knowledge discovery, cloud computing, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

Designed for graduates of computer science and related subjects
– such as mathematics, physics, engineering and economics – as well as IT professionals and data analysts who aspire to become data scientists.

Connect with industry:
Reading is at the centre of the Thames Valley on the M4 corridor – a major high-technology hub – and this ideal location links the Department of Computer Science with a number of our industry neighbours. Companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Intel all have their headquarters within a few miles of our main campus, and a variety of local tech employers visit job fairs.

Build your career:
whether you’re already working in the industry, or preparing for a new career, you’ll develop skills for sectors spanning the IT and high-tech industries to finance and government. The knowledge and skills you acquire will also prepare you for the majority of industrial and scientific domains, or you can choose to further your research at PhD level.

Access dedicated facilities:
a rich software catalogue, plus modern PC rooms with 120 workstations, special-purpose hardware for embedded applications for virtual reality headsets, professional graphic cards and a High-Performance Computing cluster for large-scale data processing.

by the British Computer Society (BCS) – the Chartered Institute for IT.

Ranked 3rd in the UK for Overall Satisfaction in postgraduate Computer Science
(out of 33 institutions; Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey, 2019, based on 36 responses).

Staff within the Department of Computer Science at the University of Reading conduct pure and applied research in a diverse range of topics, including: data science; big data analytics; machine learning; computational science; computer vision. They also collaborate on interdisciplinary projects with colleagues from other University departments as well as industrial organisations.


Students enrolling on the MSc Data Science and Advanced Computing in 2021/22 can apply for a partial scholarship.

Join the next generation of data scientists with this flexible master’s programme.