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MSc in Big Data and Digital Futures

This degree responds directly to the growing demand by employers for a new generation of postgraduates who can critically engage with big data both theoretically, methodologically and practically.

In contrast to many big data focused degrees (e.g. Data Science or Data Analytics) where the focus ends up being almost exclusively on data practices and computational tools, this degree provides key skills in a range of theoretical approaches and practice-based skills.


Who should apply?

  • This degree is aimed at students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds who want to learn more about the ways in which data and digital processes play a role in everyday life.
  • Although no specific background is required, your application must demonstrate an ability to work creatively and an interest in big data and digital futures in general.
  • The MSc degree provides an excellent route to those intending to undertake further postgraduate research at doctoral level, whilst the Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate allow you to focus or skill-up in particular data-driven approaches in shorter time.
  • For further information, contact the Course Convenor, Michael Castelle: or Director of Postgraduate Taught Courses Dr. Michael Dieter:

Applications now open!

Full details here.


Course Laptops

All students on CIM degrees are given a laptop to use in class.


Entrance Requirements

  • We normally require a first or upper second class undergraduate degree.
  • If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language competence as part of your application. This typically involves submitting a form of certification, such as the IELTS. We normally require an overall IELTS score of 7.0 (or equivalent), with a minimum of two components at 6.0/6.5 & rest 7.0+ (Band B).
  • There may be the option to attend the Pre-Sessional English Programme prior to commencement of study. See the Pre-Sessional English Programme website for information, but note that CIM has the additional requirement of a minimum 6.0 in the IELTS writing component for acceptance through this programme.
  • There may be the opportunity to attend Pre Sessional, if you meet the course requirements, however, please note CIM has a higher requirement of minimum 6.0 in the writing component for acceptance.
  • We are especially open to discussing applications from mature students who may have come to higher education through a range of diverse routes.
  • We consider each application on its own merits, so please email the Course Director (Dr Emma Uprichard: to discuss course eligibility if you are unclear about entrance requirements or have any questions.

Course Fees

Year 2017-18
Degree MSc PG Diploma PG Cert
Status full-time (1 year) part-time (2 years) full-time (9 months) part-time (18 months) full-time (6 months) part-time (12 months)
Home/EU £8,970 £4,885 £6,250 £3,525 £3,523 £3,523
Overseas £19,180 £9,990 £13,055 £6,925 £6,927 £6,927

Fees and How to Pay: The Finance Office



  • NEW! Warwick Q-Step Bursaries: Available to Home/EU students studying on this degree. Details here.
  • Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship Scheme: Available to eligible Home/EU students from under-represented groups who wish to start a postgraduate taught masters course in 2017-18. Details here
  • GREAT-Warwick India Scholarships scheme is available for this course. This is a competitive bursary available to students applying from India. Full details are available here.
  • Postgraduate Loans: If you are aged under 60 years at the start of the academic year of the course, and normally live in England, then you are eligible to apply for a loan. Details here.
  • Banco de Mexico FIDERH scholarships - available to Mexican Citizens. Details here.
  • OFID’s Scholarship Program for students 23-32 from developing countries. Details here.
  • Many other scholarship and funding opportunities available here.


Course Overview

The difference between the Postgraduate Certificate (PG.Cert), the Postgraduate Diploma (PG.Dip) and the Masters (MSc) is in the amount of credits the course contains. Please contact the Course Director, Dr Emma Uprichard, if you are unsure about which version of the degree is right for you.

MSc: 180 credits
  • Duration: 1 year full-time; 2 years part-time
Postgraduate Diploma (PG.Dip): 120 credits
  • Duration: 9 months full-time / 12 months part-time 
Postgraduate Certificate (PG.Cert): 60 credits

Option modules

Please note that not all modules listed here will be available each year due to staff availability and student number uptake. Modules will also be updated annually. For further information, please contact the Director of Taught Postgraduate Degrees, Michael Dieter:

All our modules offer European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) credits and please see individual module pages for equivalence. Optional modules from other departments may be considered as part of your degree programme. Should you wish to undertake an outside option, you will need to discuss this with your Masters Convenor.


Career Opportunities

  • The MSc will enable students from various disciplinary backgrounds to understand and act in a society transformed by big data, networks and computation and develop a range of interdisciplinary capacities. Upon graduation, students can follow an academic or professional career to work in knowledge-based companies, NGOs and in such fields as new media production, public relations, information policy, and in administration and entrepreneurship in big data and digital culture based companies. The MSc can also lead to academic studies e.g. the MPhil/PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies or other relevant disciplines.
  • Likewise, the Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate allow excellent foundations for students from different disciplinary backgrounds to learn more about big data and to skill-up in a relatively short time on particular research skills.