Welcome to MBN Academy

MBN Academy is the part of the MBN Solutions business model dedicated to acting as ‘the bridge’ between academia and commercial organisations in the Technology, Digital and Data spaces. Recognising the need for a function of this type, we have developed strong relationships with a variety of Universities and Academic Institutions throughout the country.

We showcase careers within the markets that we operate in, act as a liaison partner to introduce other businesses into the academic space, develop Employability skills within student cohorts through our #MBNSkills program, and champion the success that collaborations of this type can bring in projects.

The MSc. Placement Project is a collaborative effort between Scottish Universities, Scottish Organisations, MBN and The Data Lab, with the aim of developing the next generation of Data Science talent and skills required by industry in Scotland. The Placement Project allows Students the opportunity to complete a paid three month industrial placement for their dissertation project. Through these projects, students get the chance to apply their learnt skills to real life problems and get familiar with business life.

For 2018/19, The Data Lab student intake has increased to 155. This development highlights the growing demand to deliver the best of the best data skills into private and public sector businesses throughout Scotland.

If you are interested in learning more about this project either as a Host Company, Student or Academic please see the FAQs below.

10 Scottish Universities are involved this year

  • Course(s):
    MSc. Data Science
    MSc. Artificial Intelligence with Speech & Multimodal Interaction. MSc Artificial Intelligence. MSc Human Robot Interaction.

  • Course(s):
    MSc. Big Data and Advanced Computing

  • Course(s):
    MSc. Data Science

  • Course(s):
    MSc. Data Engineering

  • Course(s):
    MSc. Artificial Intelligence

  • Course(s):
    MSc. Computational Mathematical Finance. MSc. Operational Research with Data Science. MSc. Statistics with Data Science.

  • Course(s):
    MSc Statistics
    MSc. Data Science. MSc Data Analytics MRes Advanced Statistics

  • Course(s):
    MSc. Big Data Technologies

  • Course(s):
    MSc. Data Science for Business. MSc FinTech. MSc Big Data. MSc Maths for Data Science.

  • Course(s):
    MSc Big Data. MSc FinTech. MSc Data Analytics. MSc Business Analysis & Consulting.

Host Companies who took part in the MSc. Placement Project 2017/18


  • “The Data Lab MSc projects are a stand out feature of our MSc programme. These projects provide the students with a unique opportunity to work with leading organisations in tackling data challenges that deliver tangible business results. The students gain detailed insights into the realities of working on data analytics roles and developing business critical skills, putting them in a strong position to move into the next stage of their careers. MBN Solutions have done an incredible job in enabling the entire process, from matching students with companies to providing essential career development advice throughout the year.”

    University Course Leader, 2016/17 Data Lab MSc. Placement Project

  • “From the moment I met Rob at the employability session sometime in November, I was instantly drawn to his engaging and refreshing style of speaking. The information provided at the session was extremely helpful, not only for helping me find my placement, but also for carrying over into further job interviews. I managed to secure a placement with Standard Life, an incredible opportunity that I cannot thank Rob and his team enough for, it is certainly something I would have never have imagined just a few years ago. I still remember the day I was contacted by MBN regarding this, and the immense joy that this brought me during a very difficult exam period. Rob has been there every step of the way to offer friendly advice and assurance whenever it was needed, and for all of this I will be eternally grateful both to himself and MBN Solutions. I look forward to the challenges that my Placement will bring, and what the future holds thereafter.
    Student 2017/18 Placement Programme.”

    Student 2017/18 Placement Programme

  • “We’re delighted to be taking on 5 people as part of their Data Science MSc this year. My ambition is to systematically improve Outcomes for people in Scotland with data: saving time, money and lives. Data Lab and MBN Solutions play an impressive role in ensuring we get high quality data scientists. Getting them to work on innovative projects is an important part of making my vision a reality, so look forward to the seeing what they achieve.”

    Host Company 2017/18 Placement Programme

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