There is a huge and growing demand for Scottish students graduating with an MSc in Data Science funded by Scottish company Data Lab who work in collaboration with universities who can award the qualification. Three-month industrial placements are a key element of the programme. Here’s how they describe themselves:
‘The Data Lab enables industry, public sector and world-class university researchers to innovate and develop new data science capabilities in a collaborative environment. Its core mission is to generate significant economic, social and scientific value from big data. With a Scotland-wide presence and Hubs in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, it is in close proximity to leading industry and university institutions with world-class research in informatics and computer science.’
So far graduates of the programme have found quality employment with Virgin Money, Royal London, Aquila Merkle, Aggreko, NHS, NSS, Glasgow City Council and North Ayrshire Council. Some have started their own companies.
The total number of students being trained at eleven Scottish universities has gone up this year from 90 to 130 as the value of work in data, for Scotland, is estimated by Data Lab at £20 billion.
The Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science said:
‘Data science is an area of rapid growth around the world and we want Scotland to lead the way in meeting the demand from business for data skills talent. It is encouraging to learn there is a strong uptake among graduates for Masters courses in data science and I very much welcome this news that for 2017-18, Data Lab has almost doubled the number of places available on its MSc programme to further build on that. Improving skills, enthusiasm and knowledge of STEM subjects such as data science at all levels of school, college and university and encouraging uptake of careers in this sector are vital to both Scotland’s society and our economic prosperity – this will be the central aim of our ambitious STEM strategy for education and training.’
This is one of several initiatives making Scotland a leader in aspects of new information and communication technologies and reported here. See, for example: