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BSc (Hons) Data Sciences

Key information

Delivery type
Full Time
Degree qualification
BSc (Hons)
Mode of delivery
4 years
Start date

Data science is the core of the modern data analytics and engineering revolution, turning data into intelligence and information for decision-making and for solving complex, multi-faceted problems. It is a young discipline, and demand for expertise in all aspects of data science is growing very quickly. Because of this strong global demand, the role of data scientist is frequently ranked as the most promising career and consistently tops the best jobs rankings, with professionals in the field reporting high demand, high salaries and high job satisfaction.

The BSc in Data Sciences degree is based on a strong mathematical and statistical foundation and emphasises large-scale data computation using the most relevant and up-to-date programming languages. Depending on their interests, graduates may find employment in the areas of business, finance, government, science, transportation, forensics, energy, the environment or academic research.

The first three years of the degree are designed to provide the necessary core skills and knowledge in mathematics, computer sciences, probability, statistics, machine-learning and artificial intelligence. The fourth year offers the option to focus on advanced machine-learning, statistical algorithms and applications, data engineering, mathematical aspects of data structures or applications to artificial intelligence.

Your student experience

We pride ourselves in providing students with useful skills both computational and mathematical that can be used to find interesting information in large datasets either statically or dynamically in real time. These skills can be used to find lucrative and interesting jobs in industry and commerce.

Our Student Lead Technology Club is an initiative to support students in using technology (either hardware, data or software) to explore the usage of and code development for new platforms, as part of a taught course or as a personal project. 


Go Global

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Course content

September Intake - Dubai

Mandatory September

  • Calculus A
  • Praxis
  • Introduction to Programming 1

Optional September

  • Logic and Proof
  • Topics in Statistical Practice

Mandatory January

  • Calculus B
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Introduction to Programming 2
  • Elements of Probability

Fees and funding

AED 76,045 per year

  • All tuition fees inclusive of VAT.

Entry requirements

We have standard entry requirements for all of our courses that you will have to meet.

Our entry criteria are listed below. However, please note that the final decision remains at the discretion of the course director after evaluating scores of individual relevant subjects.

Students who are eligible to be admitted directly into second year can choose to join the first year, where available.

  • GCE A-Level - BCC (or AAAB at AS-Level) including Mathematics.
  • CBSE - 65% with grade 12 mathematics greater than 65%
  • American High School Diploma - 70% + SAT 1s - 1000 (500 English and 600 Math)
  • Tawjihiyya - 85% or Elite/Advance - 80 % + EmSAT (English 1400 and 1200 Maths)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme - 26 points (3 HL – including Maths (HL5), and 3 SL)
  • BTEC Level 3 Ext Diploma - MMM 
  • FBISE grade 12 or equivalent - 70%  
  • Russian/Kazakhstan (Attestat) - Grades of 5 in every subject + IELTS 6.0  
  • French Baccalaureate - 14/20 + IELTS 6.0  
  • Lebanese Baccalaureate - 85% or 14/20 + IELTS 6.0  
  • Foundation year - Successful completion of Heriot-Watt University Degree Entry Programme (Engineering) with a CCCC.  
  • Compulsory subjects to include English and Mathematics.  

To find out more about the specific entry requirements for your country, please refer to our International Entry Requirements.

To find out about the entry requirements for this programme, please send an email to

Why Heriot-Watt

We're the top university in Scotland for graduate outcomes which means that more of our graduates are employed or in postgraduate education than any other institution in the country and we ranked 5th in the UK.

We're also rated number one in the UK for CEO or MD roles, meaning more of our graduates go on to become CEOs or MDs than any other university in the whole of the UK. On top of that, we have beautiful campuses, across the globe, so you'll get a truly international education. Our Edinburgh Campus is home to Oriam, Scotland's National Sports Performance Centre combined with plenty of wellbeing resources, prioritising fitness and mental health for all students. Our Global Research Institutes look at solving real world issues such as climate change and saving our oceans as well as working on the next medical technological breakthrough and the future of AI and robots.

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