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BSc (Hons) Data Sciences

Key information

Data Scientists have become one of the most in-demand roles across various industries. This is a new undergraduate programme available for 2025/26.

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

The BSc Data Sciences programme at Heriot-Watt University positions you at the vanguard of the data analytics and engineering revolution. It enables the transformation of data into actionable insights and equips you to address complex challenges in diverse industries.

The curriculum lays a robust foundation in mathematics and statistics, emphasizing large-scale data computation with the latest programming languages. Graduates are primed for dynamic roles in sectors such as business, finance, government, science, transportation, forensics, energy, the environment, and research.

In the initial three years, students hone essential skills in mathematics, computer science, probability, statistics, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. The final year offers specializations in advanced machine learning, state-of-the-art statistical algorithms, data engineering, or cutting-edge AI applications. Embark on this journey to lead in the thrilling domain of data science.

The National Robotarium

Situated at Heriot-Watt University's Edinburgh campus and in collaboration with The University of Edinburgh, innovates solutions for global challenges by partnering with industry to evolve and commercialize robotics, Data Science, AI, and automated technologies.

It nurtures the education and growth of future roboticists, generating highly competent graduates poised for influential research with a commercial perspective, and devises programs that endow the current and forthcoming workforce with skills in robotics, data, and programming.

The Campbell Maths Gym

A cross-campus endeavour designed to bolster students' mathematical and statistical abilities and enhance their confidence in these areas. Support is offered via drop-in sessions, small group meetings, and a wealth of online resources. 

Your student experience

Our Expertise

Our BSc Data Sciences programme offers a broad spectrum of expertise and research opportunities across various mathematical and Computing disciplines.

 These include:

  • Advanced Mathematical Theory: Leading the exploration into the fundamental theoretical principles that form the backbone of pure mathematical concepts and applications. Our profound understanding and innovative approaches are setting new benchmarks in the field.
  • Applied Mathematics: At the forefront of developing mathematical models to tackle real-world problems. Our pioneering methodologies and solutions are influencing the way the world approaches problem-solving.
  • Computational Mathematics: Championing the cultivation of comprehensive numerical and programming skills to decipher complex mathematical models and optimise solutions to real-world problems. Our expertise is shaping the future of computational problem-solving.
  • Statistics and Data Analysis: Pioneering the development of crucial statistical and data analysis skills to extract meaningful insights from data sets and inform decision-making processes. Our advanced techniques are setting the standard for data-driven decision making.
  • Software Development: Excelling in the design, coding, and testing of software, with a special focus on mathematical applications. Our proficiency and innovative approaches are pushing the boundaries of software development.
  • Data Science and Analytics: Leading the way in developing skills to interpret and manage data, using statistical methods and machine learning for informed decision-making. Our cutting-edge techniques are transforming the landscape of data science and analytics.
  • Artificial Intelligence: Advancing the understanding of the theoretical foundations of AI and its applications in automating problem-solving. Our insights and innovations are driving the evolution of artificial intelligence.

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.

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Course content

September Intake - Edinburgh

Students will study seven mandatory courses: Calculus A, Praxis, Software Development 1, Calculus B, Discrete Mathematics, Software Development 2 and Introduction to Statistical Science B, as well as one optional course

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

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The Heriot-Watt experience

Fees and funding

ScotlandPaid by SAAS
England / Wales / N Ireland / Rep of Ireland£9,250
  • Status: Your residency status is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course.
  • International: 'International' includes applicants from European Union countries who do not hold Pre-Settled or Settled status in UK. (This does not include students from the Republic of Ireland - see above).

Scholarships and bursaries

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales

In addition to government loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible undergraduate students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

  • Heriot-Watt University Bursary (up to £3,100 per year)
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Entry requirements

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

Standard entry requirements

  • Highers ABBB (including Mathematics)
  • A-Levels BBC – ABB (including Mathematics at B)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 28 points (with Mathematics at Higher Level 5)
  • BTEC DDM (including sufficient Mathematics)
  • HNC B in graded unit (including sufficient Mathematics)

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers BBBC (including Mathematics at B)
  • A-Levels BCC (including Mathematics at B)

* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:

  • live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
  • are care experienced.

We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our Minimum and standard entry requirements

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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