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BSc (Hons) Statistical Data Science

Key information

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

Statistical Data Science is at the core of modern data analytics that turn data into intelligence to inform decision-making and solve challenging problems. Applications range from economics and medicine, to social and environmental sciences. This programme covers theoretical and applied elements of modern statistics, and provides training and practical experience in modelling, analyzing and interpreting real data required in the economy, industry and research. The early years of the programme cover basic mathematics, computing, probability and statistics. The final years focus on advanced specialist topics in statistical modelling, data science, machine learning, probability and stochastic processes.

Your student experience

This programme is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society (RSS). The RSS accreditation signifies excellence in statistical training and is considered a mark of rigor and prestige. Graduates from RSS-accredited programmes are well-equipped with statistical knowledge & skills making them. They are highly employable in a wide range of fields including finance, sustainable energy and IT.

The Dubai Campus is accredited by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) and fully licensed to teach its degrees in Dubai. All graduates receive a British degree that is accredited by Royal Charter in the UK.

Go Global

With Go Global, Heriot-Watt's global student programme, you can carry your studies to new places and experience new cultures, expanding your horizons on the way. You'll discover what it means to be a true global citizen and emerge prepared for wherever your career journey will take you.

Inter-Campus Transfer: Malaysia

Discover new friends and places with an inter-campus transfer to Malaysia.

Inter-Campus Transfer: United Kingdom

Discover new friends and places with an inter-campus transfer to the UK.

Course content

September Intake - Dubai

Calculus; Introduction to Statistical Science, and optional courses including Logic and Proof, Discrete Mathematics and Software Development.

Mandatory September

  • Calculus A
  • Topics in Statistical Practice

Optional September

  • Logic and Proof
  • Introduction to Programming 1

Mandatory January

  • Calculus B
  • Elements of Probability

Optional January

  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Introduction to Programming 2

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.

  • GCE A-Level - ABB 
  • CBSE/Other Indian Boards - 75% with 75% in Mathematics
  • American High School Diploma/SABIS - 70% (70% in Math) + SAT I – 1000 (500 English and 600 Math) 
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme - 26 points (3 HL – including Maths (HL6), and 3 SL) 
  • FBISE grade 12 or equivalent - 80% with 80% in Math
  • Foundation year - Successful completion of Heriot-Watt University Degree Entry Programme (Engineering) with a CCCC. 
  • Compulsory subject to include English and Mathematics.

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

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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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