Data Lab Scholarship

Data Lab Scholarship

GCU are happy to announce that we have funded places from The Data Lab, Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and the European Social Fund (ESF) to provide full-fees funding opportunities for MSc Big Data Technologies, for September 2021 start students 

Eligibility changes for AY 2021-2022

To meet SFC and ESF-DSW eligibility for  2021-2022, only students who have right to live and work in the UK AND whose ordinary place of residence has been in Scotland for at least three years (not in full-time education) can apply for The Data Lab MSc scholarships. EU citizens who have not received pre-settlement status are no longer eligible to apply. For more guidance on eligibility please refer to:,

New scholarships from this fund can only be allocated to full-time students.  

The scholarship also brings a full year of exciting events run by The Data Lab. The Data Lab programme includes events designed to facilitate networking with students on data science courses across Scotland, industry data leaders, professionals and researchers. Events include a cross-university Innovation Challenge, sector specific employability and skills training - and the opportunity to undertake a paid industrial placement in a Scottish business.   


ICT skills and Big Data are pervasive across all organisations today and graduates from these programmes will be in high demand moving forward. In truth, there are too many jobs and too few graduates in this area.

Professor Iain Cameron
Dean, School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment

Full fees scholarships for MSc Big Data Technologies are awaiting final confirmation from the Data Lab for September 2021 entry. Scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement, motivation and financial circumstances.


15th August 2021

Who can apply

  • Any Scottish, fee-paying students who have the right to live and work in the UK and have applied for the full time MSc Big Data Technologies programme starting in September 2021.
  • EU citizens who have not received pre-settlement status are no longer eligible to apply.

What is the scholarship

  • Fully-funded scholarship covering all tuition fees for the full-time course starting September 2021.
  • The Data Lab also provides training and network events that students must attend.


Terms and conditions of the Data Lab Scholarship

By completing the application you agree to the following: 

Please be advised that this scholarship is administered by The Data Lab.

If you're successful in your application then some information will be shared with The Data Lab.

This is a condition of scholarship.

  • Your contact details, such as, name and University email address evidence of your qualifications at enrolment, attendance at workshops, modules completed and your final qualification achieved will be provided by the University and shared with The Data Lab, for the purposes of administering the MSc course.
  • The ESF Participant Form which you must complete advises that your data will be used by the University for ‘reporting and monitoring purposes and shared with relevant agencies.’. The ‘relevant agencies’ in this instance are The Data Lab, The Scottish Government including the Scottish Funding Council and The European Union who provide funding through the ESF Developing Scotland’s Workforce Fund.
  • EU citizens who have not received pre-settlement status are no longer eligible to apply.

The scholarship cannot be transferred to any other academic session and is applicable to 2021/2022 only.