Postgraduate conversion courses in data science and artificial intelligence

About the funding

Latest scholarships

Up to £17 million will be made available to 31 higher education providers, including seven as part of a collaborative project. Funding will be available between April 2023 and March 2025 to support the delivery of scholarships worth £10,000 each.  

In March 2023 we awarded up to £8.18 million to deliver 818 scholarships in the 2023-24 academic year. The awards were made as part of an open funding competition.

A further £8.18 million has now been confirmed to deliver a further 818 scholarships in the 2024-25 academic year.

Find out more about the courses in AI and data science

The Department for Science, Innovation and Technology announced the funding competition in June 2022, which opened in September 2022.

The scholarships aim to encourage more women, black students, disabled students and students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds into the technology industry.

These groups of students are currently significantly underrepresented in these types of courses, and in AI and data science industries.   

The UK currently has a shortage of digital skills which estimates suggest costs the UK economy as much as £63 billion a year in potential GDP. So we also encourage employers to take part in the programme and to co-fund scholarships.

Assessment panel

As part of the assessment process, bids were reviewed by an external panel of experts in equality and diversity, AI, tech and industry. 

Chair - Verity Hancock

Principal and CEO, Leicester College, and OfS board member

Nkechi Adeboye

Student, London School of Economics and OfS student panel member

Mark Martin MBE

Assistant Professor in Computer Science, Northeastern University London, and Cofounder of UK Black Tech

Obum Ekeke OBE

Head of Education Partnerships, Deep Mind

Clare Riley

Education Skills Lead, Microsoft in the UK

Matthew Forshaw

Reader in Data Science, Newcastle University and Senior Advisor for Skills, The Alan Turing institute

Jack Smith

Head of Pathways and Funding Policy, OfS

Programme funding

Programme funding is allocated on an annual basis. For 2023-24 we allocated £8.18 million in funding to 25 lead providers on the programme and for 2024-25 we have allocated £8.17 million in funding.

Previous funding

A total of £13.5 million worth of funding was provided between April 2020 and March 2023.

  • £3.5 million was provided to develop postgraduate conversion courses.
  • £10 million was provided to deliver 1,000 scholarships, worth £10,000 each, to groups underrepresented in the AI and data science sector to increase diversity, particularly for black, women and disabled students.

The scope of the programme was extended in 2021 to include the National Data Skills pilot.

Provider Course(s)

University of Bradford

Applied Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics

Teesside University

Artificial Intelligence

Data Science

Birmingham City University

Artificial Intelligence

University of Birmingham

MSc Responsible Data Science

Brunel University London

Data Science and Analytics

Artificial Intelligence

Coventry University

Data Science

University of Hull

Artificial Intelligence and Data Science

University of Keele

Artificial Intelligence and Data Science

Loughborough University

Data Science

Nottingham Trent University

Data Science

Sheffield Hallam University

MSc Healthcare Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

Solent University

Applied AI and Data Science

University of Essex

Applied Data Science

Data Science

Artificial Intelligence

University of Liverpool

Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

Newcastle University

Data Science (MSc, PGDip, PGCert)

University of Suffolk

Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

University of Sussex

AI and Adaptive Systems

Data Science

Human and Social Data Sciences

University of Wolverhampton

Artificial Intelligence

Data Science

Aston University*

Applied Artificial Intelligence

University of Bath*

Artificial Intelligence online

Birkbeck, University of London*

Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Data Science

University of Exeter*

Data Science with AI

Cybersecuirty Analytics

University of Gloucestershire*

Data Science

Manchester Metropolitan University*

Postgraduate conversion course in artificial intelligence and data science

University of Lancaster*

MSc in Health Data Science at Lancaster University

Queen Mary University of London*

Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

University of Sunderland*

Applied Data Science

University of the West of England*

Data Science

*These universities were involved in a collaborative bid led by the University of Coventry.

Read more about the evaluation findings so far.

Read our press releases

  • New analysis shows over 7,600 students have enrolled on AI and data science courses to tackle digital skills gaps
  • OfS confirms £8.1 million boost for postgraduate AI conversion courses as evaluation finds promising signs of increase in diversity of graduates

Your future in AI and data science

Information for students about applying for postgraduate conversion courses in artificial intelligence and data science.
Published 30 March 2023
Last updated 28 September 2023
28 September 2023
We have added details of the funding allocated for 2023-24.

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