Environmental Data Science and Machine Learning

Learn to apply computing knowledge and techniques, and machine learning to real-world environmental contexts and problems.

Key information

Duration: 1 year full-time
Start dateOctober 2021
Location: South Kensington
ECTS: 90 credits

Please note:

Information on this page is subject to College approval.

This page will be updated as soon as the course receives College approval.

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Overview

Our MSc Environmental Data Science and Machine Learning will educate future environmental scientists in data science, machine learning and associated computational technologies.

This course will deepen your knowledge of cutting-edge data science, machine learning and associated computational and observational techniques, and you will learn to apply this to a broad range of environmentally motivated applications.

If you have:

  • a strong methodological background in mathematics or physical sciences and you're interested in moving to an applied field with an environmental slant or;
  • an applied background in environmental science or engineering and you want to learn about data science and machine learning or;
  • a background in computer science and you want to expand your knowledge of applied data science and machine learning in an environmental context, you're encouraged to apply.

The Environmental Data Science and Machine Learning MSc programme will teach you to apply data science and machine learning knowledge, and computational modelling and monitoring techniques, to a range of environmental science and engineering applications.

If you're interested in learning about how computational techniques can be applied to solve a broader range of real-world problems, take a look at our MSc Applied Computational Science and Engineering course.

Careers

Graduates of this course will be equipped with the skills required for the next generation of environmental scientists and engineers.

Through the multidisciplinary focus of computational knowledge and techniques, within the context of solving environmental science problems, you will be able to pursue further research in any of these fields or move into careers in fields such as climate science, sustainability, natural hazards and renewable energy.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Please note that the curriculum of this programme is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

Non-assessed modules

You'll complete a mandatory pre-sessional (before term) Research Computing Primer module, which will give you the foundation knowledge for the course.

Core modules

You take all of the core modules below.

  • Modern Programming Methods
  • Cloud Computing
  • Mathematical Modelling
  • Environmental Data
  • Applying Computational/Data Science
  • Advanced Programming
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Inversion and optimisation
  • Machine learning
  • Applied Computational/Data Science Project

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • Case studies
  • Formal presentations
  • Group work exercises
  • Lectures
  • Seminars and practical coding activities

Assessment

  • Individual and group coursework
  • Oral presentations
  • Research project report
  • Written examinations

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in an engineering or a science-based discipline.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

How to apply

Making an application

Apply online

All applicants must apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can usually choose up to two courses.

Application fee

For 2021–22 entry, we are introducing a pilot application fee for our Master's courses. This helps cover some of the administrative and staffing costs associated with processing the large volume of applications we receive.

This fee will be £80 per application and not per course. 

We will waive the fee for any applicant – Home or Overseas – who demonstrates that they are experiencing financial hardship.

There is no application fee for Postgraduate Certificates, Postgraduate Diplomas or PhDs. The fee for MBA applications to the Imperial College Business School is £135. 

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Home rate of tuition

2021 entry

£18,500 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study.* Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2021 will apply to fees for the academic year 2021-2022.

EU/EEA students

Students from the EU, other EEA country and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home rate of tuition, and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note this does not apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Overseas rate of tuition

2021 entry

£34,750 per year

Fees are charged by year of entry to the College and not year of study. * Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2021 will apply to fees for the academic year 2021–2022.

EU/EEA students

Students from the EU, other EEA country and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home rate of tuition, and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note this does not apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you're a UK national, or EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government, if you meet certain criteria.

For 2020-21 entry, the maximum amount was of £11,222. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Find out more about our scholarships to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Further information

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Enquiries
Joanna Owens, j.owens@imperial.ac.uk
Professor Matthew Piggott, m.d.piggott@imperial.ac.uk

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