What will I learn?

Overview

The MSc in Data Science and Communication is designed for students who have an interest in the way data and data processing are shaping our communication practices as society becomes increasingly digitised. Whether you want to investigate how Big Data impact our daily decision-making practices or learn how to create innovative communication chatbots, this MSc will provide you with the necessary means to successfully navigate the Networked Society.

The programme offers state-of-the-art empirical, technical and theoretical training. You will have the opportunity to learn cutting edge computational techniques to study social behaviours at scale, alongside a deep grounding in the principles of communication studies and the social sciences. Substantial training will also be devoted to quantitative methods aimed at harnessing big data, especially when it comes to social and news media. You will learn the underpinnings of emerging communication technologies ranging from computer mediated communications to human computer interaction.

The skills developed by you as computational communication scientists are in high demand both in the private and in the third sector. As a graduate you will be qualified to work as a data analyst, data manager, or computational linguist across a variety of sectors, ranging from news media agencies and AI industries, to policy making institutions. This MSc will also provide you with advanced skills to successfully apply for a PhD programme to pursue a career in academic research.

Career prospects

You will gain competitive skills to be employed in a wide range of industry and third sector organisations requiring expertise in Data Science applied to communication environments. Such professional figures are highly required in a wide range of domains such as Artificial Intelligence, news media, research and development, PR, marketing and advertising, consulting, and publishing, among others.

The programme also provides a strong platform from which to progress to further research at PhD level that is supported and supervised by colleagues in the Department of Communication and Media or in the Department of Computer Science.

Which department am I in?

Communication and Media

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£19,000.00 (US$ 26,151) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

University of Liverpool

The Foundation Building,

765 Brownlow Hill,

Liverpool,

L69 7ZX, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Each application is assessed on its own merits, however students will usually be expected to hold a master's degree. Previous exposure to research or thesis writing is highly desirable. Students need to have IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

For international students

Applicants will have either a good second class (2.1 level) or a first-class degree in Communication Studies or other Social Sciences or Humanities, or a technical background in Computer Science, IT or an equivalent discipline. Alternatively, an applicant may have a degree in another subject and appropriate postgraduate experience and employment. Graduates of non-UK universities will have to have achieved comparable results. All cases will be judged individually on the basis of information provided on the standard university application form plus academic references. All applications are considered on their individual merit. At the time of application, discussion either in person or via email will turn to a possible research topic in order to match a student to a possible dissertation supervisor and to aid in choice of taught modules. IELTS: 6.5 (W6.5, 6.0 all other bands). TOEFL iBT: 88 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: Listening and Writing 21, Reading 22, Speaking 23.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London
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About University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool is a world-leading institution, with more than 7,700 international students from over 130 countries.

  • Member of the prestigious Russell Group
  • A dedicated support team for international students
  • One of the top 25 UK universities targeted by employers
  • Located in one of the UK’s most iconic cities