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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site (Aberystwyth)

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    27-SEP-21

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

The BSc Data Science degree at Aberystwyth University combines mathematical, statistical, and computational approaches to equip you with the essential skills you will need to make sense of large amounts of data and forge a successful career in this arena.Data science is entrenched in many aspects of modern society, and as the world generates increasing amounts of information about scientific research or our online shopping habits and social media usage, there is a rapidly growing global demand for people who can analyse and interpret such ‘Big’ Data. Data science is a stimulating area of study with strong employability prospects in a field which is currently experiencing a shortage of suitably qualified graduates.Experts from our Departments of Mathematics and Computer Science will train you in programming and database design, data modelling, probability and estimation, statistical techniques and methods for testing software systems. A wide range of optional modules throughout the course enables you to focus your interests in particular areas or maintain a breadth of study. On graduation you will be well-positioned for a career in a range of industries which demand quantitative analysis or to pursue further study. A Data Scientist needs both mathematical and computing skills so you will divide your time between the two subjects. In the first year, you will be introduced to programming, operating systems, and software development, and no prior knowledge is necessary although students will be expected to already have a reasonable A-Level in Mathematics. In the second year, you will begin to specialise in your chosen subject area and elect for more specialised statistics modules. On the Computing side, students participate in the Software Development Lifecycle module which includes a group project where, taking one of the roles which exist in the industry, such as project manager, designer, or quality assurance manager, you will produce a working software product. All this experience is brought together in the final year in a major individual project which should apply all the knowledge of realistic data analysis.Studying for a degree with us will equip you with a range of transferable skills which are highly valued by employers. Employability skills are a recurring theme during your degree. Our departmental careers adviser works closely with us to ensure you have appropriate CV and interview skills training, careers education, and visits from employers and recent graduates to let you know what opportunities await after graduation. The final year project demonstrates your ability to work independently (under supervision), and brings together your technical skills with your knowledge of statistics, applying data science to a practical problem. Finally, you'll also need to describe your work in a final written dissertation report that presents your achievements in a professional manner.Almost all companies are beginning to examine the data that their customers provide, and to use it either to improve services or for marketing purposes. It involves finding and interpreting patterns in Big Data and needs an excellent understanding of statistics and good computing skills. The shortage of skilled Data Scientists means that graduates in this area are expected to be in great demand over the next few years - one study estimates that around 200,000 Data Scientists will be needed. BSc Data Science gives an excellent experience of both the Statistics and the Computer Science needed by Data Scientists.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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£ 15,800per year

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University information

Aberystwyth University

  • University League Table

    58th

  • Campus address

    Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, United Kingdom, SY23 3FL, Wales

Over 100 nationalities are represented on campus, creating a truly multicultural and cosmopolitan learning environment.
The university’s research is internationally recognised. Some departments work with global organisation such as NASA and the UN.
Aberystwyth University has been welcoming students from all over the world since 1872, drawn by its reputation for teaching excellence.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    22nd out of 110 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    130 54%

    54th

    22
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    95 95%

    6th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.33 87%

    3rd

    16

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