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Frequently Asked Questions: Accelerate–Spark Data Science for Science Residency, July - August 2021


​How will the course be delivered?

To produce this course, the Accelerate Programme is working with Cambridge Spark, an education technology company that specialises in data science and AI training. For further information about Cambridge Spark, please see:

The course will be run via Zoom, with sessions delivered by Cambridge Spark and their community of mentors.

For further questions, please contact

What are the entry requirements?

Participants should be current PhD students or researchers at the University of Cambridge and have basic programming skills (e.g. the ability to use Excel, MATLAB, R or Python).

Participants should be available from 19th July to 20th August and can expect to spend 30 hours on the programme each week, including timetabled sessions and periods of independent study.

​What will the course cover?

On the course, residents will learn how to apply data analysis on your own datasets and problem; collaborate on real-world data science challenges in teams as part of two hackathons; and be part of a world-leading community of scientists and researchers. Residents will cover 6 modules over a period of 5 weeks:

  • Introduction to Python (preparatory module)
  • Data Processing with Pandas
  • Data Visualisation
  • Web Scraping, JSON and APIs
  • Introduction to machine learning
  • Hackathon & presentation
​How do I apply?

Candidates should complete this application form by 9:00 am on 21st May. After completing the application form, candidates will be asked to complete a short programming exercise, which is intended to give a sense of their current programming abilities. This exercise will take approximately three hours to complete, and the deadline for completion will be 9:00 am on 1st June. Further details will be emailed to candidates on 21st May.

Candidates should ensure their supervisors or managers are content for them to join the course before applying and should be prepared to commit to participating in course activities between 19th July and 20th August.

To access the application form, please log-in with your email address (you may need to first log out of any other Google accounts). If you are a member of the University or an affiliated institution, but don’t have an email account, please contact