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MATH5872M Dissertation in Data Science and Analytics

60 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Luisa Cutillo

Taught: 1 Jun to 30 Sep View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module will prepare students for data science project assignment and dissertation writing. This module brings together all the skills and knowledge that the students have gained in the MSc Data Science and Analytics taught programme. Students will develop independent working skills and communication skills through working on a research project and presenting the results.


On completion of this module, students should be able to:
a) be taught through research experience the planning, execution and maintenance of a data science project;
b) present their project as a dissertation, which will also be presented as a poster and defended orally.

Learning outcomes
Transferable Skills:
- Literature search;
- Mathematical type-setting;
- Writing techniques;
- Programming.


Each student will discuss with an individual supervisor a suitable research project in data science. The title and objectives of the project will be approved by the Programme Manager. As far as possible, the projects will reflect the particular interests of individual students.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Supervision Meetings61.006.00
Private study hours594.00
Total Contact hours6.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)600.00

Private study

Reading books and journal articles, writing mathematics, and performing computations and analyses as required by the research under the guidance of the supervisor.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Monitoring by regular supervision meeting.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayPoster presented and examined, including oral Q/A during the poster presentation. As a guide, the final dissertation should contain 60-80 pages of text (not including the title pages, etc., and the bibliography)100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/07/2021 14:05:08


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