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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Data Intensive Science is no longer accepting new applications.

The course responds to the growing:

  • demand for highly trained research scientists to design and implement data analysis pipelines for the increasingly large and complex data sets produced by the next generation of scientific experiments;
  • societal demand for data science and data analysis skills in the industry, especially when applied in strategic domains (science, health) and economic areas (finance, e-commerce);
  • need to train postgraduate students with a deep understanding of data science techniques and algorithm building for modern computer architectures and utilising industry best practices for software development;
  • importance of open science in research, specifically reproducibility of scientific results and the creation of public data analytic codes.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have: 

  • thorough knowledge of statistical analysis including its application to research and how it underpins modern machine learning methods;
  • comprehensive understanding of data science and machine learning techniques and packages and their application to several practical research domains;
  • developed advanced skills in computer programming utilising modern software development best practices created in accordance with Open Science standards;
  • demonstrated abilities in the critical evaluation of data science tools and methodologies for their real-world application to scientific research problems.


Students wishing to progress to PhD study after passing the Masters degree should apply for admission to a PhD through the University admissions website, taking the funding and application deadlines into consideration.

Open Days

The Department of Physics and other MPhil participating Departments contribute to the University of Cambridge's Postgraduate Open Day.

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the end of October. It is a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.


This course is advertised in the following departments:

Key Information

10 months full-time

Study Mode : Taught

Master of Philosophy

Department of Physics This course is advertised in multiple departments. Please see the Overview tab for more details.

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
May 16, 2024
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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