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University of Birmingham: Responsible Data Science

Institution University of Birmingham View institution profile
Department School of Computer Science
Study type Taught


Artificial Intelligence and data-driven approaches to decision-making are rapidly transforming almost every industry and policy sector in the world. These technologies have already generated extraordinary benefits. However, they bring with them new threats and challenges, creating many questions about the limits of their responsible use.

To date, universities seek primarily to train data scientists or IT lawyers rather than to equip legal specialists with a proper understanding of these technologies and their potential social, democratic and ethical risks. Our MSc will equip law graduates and current practising legal professionals with the skills needed to identify these issues and respond thoughtfully to the regulatory challenges they raise.

The programme will consist of six fundamental core modules, group and solo project work and a supervised work placement, which will develop your understanding of the cutting-edge contemporary challenges raised by data science and some of the broader social, democratic and ethical issues that they may implicate.

Employability is at the forefront of the MSc in Responsible Data Science. Developed in collaboration with industry partners, the MSc aims to fill a skills gap in the sector. The ability to interpret and apply computer science-related skills, whilst critically understanding the legal and ethical impact of their work is integral to the future of the legal and commercial industry, and our Msc will give you these skills.


University of Birmingham


The University of Birmingham is a truly vibrant, global community of staff, students and researchers. As a founding Russell Group member and consistent top 100 university, Birmingham is recognised internationally for excellence in teaching and research and provides the best possible teaching, research facilities and support services to ensure postgraduates reach the peak of their potential.

With over 600 taught programmes and a wealth of research opportunities to choose from, Birmingham has one of the most extensive postgraduate course portfolios in the UK enabling you to work and study alongside world-leading academics in a diverse, multicultural community …

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