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BSc (Hons) Statistical Data Science

Key information

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

Statistical Data Science lies at the heart of contemporary data analytics. It transforms data into useful decision-making and helps solve complex problems in a broad range of industries.

Our BSc in Statistical Data Science covers both the theory and practical parts of modern statistics. It provides comprehensive training and hands-on experience in modelling, analysing, and understanding real-world data. This kind of data is crucial in the fields of the economy, industry, and research.

The early years of the degree cover basic mathematics, probability, and statistics. The final years focus on advanced specialist topics in statistical modelling, data science, machine learning, probability, and stochastic processes. Students also have the opportunity to spend time at Heriot-Watt's Malaysia campus through our Go Global programme.>

Our programmes are designed with flexibility in mind, so if you fancy a change of direction you can transfer to a range of other mathematical, statistical or actuarial programmes during the first two years.

Your student experience

In this programme you'll learn from our research-active academics, with expertise in the following key areas:

• Data Analysis and Visualisation: Proficiency in employing cutting-edge techniques for comprehending and presenting data effectively

• Statistical Modelling and Inference: The utilization of statistical methods to derive predictions and gain deeper insights into data

• Machine Learning and Predictive Analytics: Exploring how machines can acquire knowledge from data to make informed predictions and decisions

• Statistical Programming and Big Data Technologies: Mastery of computer programs for managing extensive and intricate datasets in research.

• Bayesian Statistics and Decision Theory: The exploration of rational decision-making in the presence of uncertain information

• Statistical Consulting and Communication: Enhancing the capability to convey intricate statistical concepts to diverse audiences in the realm of research

• Statistical Ethics and Data Privacy: Ethical considerations associated with data handling and ensuring its security and confidentiality in the context of research

Research Excellence: In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2021), we ranked first in Scotland for Mathematical Sciences research. This underscores our commitment to excellence in applied mathematics fields like optimization, computation, statistics, and analysis that drive innovation across industries

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.

Course content

September Intake - Edinburgh

Descriptive Statistics; Introduction to University Mathematics; Calculus; Statistical Science, Professional Development Planning and options from a wide choice, including economics and finance subjects.

Mandatory September

  • Calculus A
  • Topics in Statistical Practice

Optional September

  • Introductory Economics
  • Introduction to University Mathematics

Mandatory January

  • Calculus B
  • Elements of Probability

Optional January

  • Finance and Financial Reporting
  • Professional Development Planning

Programme Video

Actuarial Mathematics and Statistics at Heriot-Watt

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 AAAB including Mathematics at A
  • A-Levels AAB - AAA including Mathematics at A
  • Int. Baccalaureate 28 points with higher level Mathematics at 6
  • BTEC DDD including sufficient Mathematics

Minimum entry requirements*

  • Highers ABBC including Mathematics at A
  • A-Levels ABC including Mathematics at A

* 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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