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Greg Salmon, Impact and Partnership Development Manager

Research Scientist (MSc Data Science) Degree Apprenticeship

Our syllabus covers fundamental mathematical and computational techniques for data science, machine learning and statistical modelling approaches to create insights from complex datasets, as well as the wider social context and specific applications of data science in diverse areas. Students will be of a calibre consistent with University of Exeter programmes.

The programme allows apprentices (together with their employer) to choose two from a choice of four optional modules:

  • Machine Vision
  • High performance computing and data architectures
  • Information security
  • Social networks and text analysis.*

This programme is delivered in both London and Exeter. Apprentices from the London cohort will be allowed to join the Exeter cohort (and vice versa) in the second term of Year Two, should their preferred optional module(s) not be delivered at their usual location of study.

*Module availability is subject to demand and to timetabling constraints and not all modules may be available every year.

Apprentices will be full-time employees of your business, gaining a University of Exeter postgraduate degree over two years through:

  • Monthly face-to-face teaching in both Exeter and London during Term One and Two
  • Coursework to be completed in-between teachings
  • Work-based projects undertaken in the workplace during Term Three

Approximately 20 per cent of the apprentice’s time will be given over to study, though our model is designed to be flexible around the needs of employers and workloads.

Our dedicated partnerships team liaise closely with employers throughout the programme; we can assist you with recruiting, education support and administration.

Approximately 20 per cent of the apprentice’s time will be given over to study, though our model is designed to be flexible around the needs of employers and workloads. No weekly day-release is required, mitigating disruption on the apprentice’s daily role allowing us to work with employers across the country.

Our dedicated partnerships team liaise closely with employers throughout the programme; we can assist you with recruitment, education support and administration.

 
 
 
 
 

Tuition fees for this two-year programme are £18,000.

Employers who pay the Apprenticeship Levy will pay these fees directly through that contribution.

Business who do not pay the Levy will be able to claim 95 per cent of the cost of tuition fees from Government. If you employ fewer than 50 people and recruit an 18-year-old or a care leaver, up to 100 per cent Government contribution may be available.

See further information on the Apprenticeship Levy funding.

Employers must pay their apprentices at least a salary consistent with national legislation and cover the costs of any travel and accommodation required to attend any face-to-face teaching.

 
 
 
 
 

Partners Include

 

We pay a lot in levy funds each year and it is in our interest to work out how best to use this money. Degree Apprenticeships are a really exciting opportunity for us to mould apprentices into what best suits our business needs, and a great opportunity for the apprentice to earn valuable industry experience while gaining a degree.

Carol Fletcher, Head of Academic and Research Partnerships at BT