The course

UCAS code
G3DS
Duration
4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Data Scientists are one of the highest sought after roles within all industries. A brand new undergraduate programme for 2021/22.

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Overview

From Finance to Social Media, the world revolves around Data! In order to remain relevant and competitive in all industries, businesses today must rely on data scientists to analyse their large sets of data and draw out performance boosting insights. In fact, data scientists are so highly sought after that In 2020 alone, there is expected to be nearly 3 million new job postings for professionals with data science and analytic skills.

This BSc (Hons) Data Sciences programme, will help you to get a head start in this innovative career. You will learn the technical and analytical skills to navigate through this data field and how to extract valuable insight from the vast amounts of data available to you.

Teaching quality

90% of our 2018 graduates reported in the National Student Survey that staff are good at explaining things.

Links with industry

We have very strong links with the computing industry, with representatives of more than 30 companies attending our Industrial Advisory Board. Much of our research is in collaboration with leading computing enterprises and students really value our research-led teaching by our enthusiastic staff.

Student Equipment Fund

Our Student Equipment Fund is an initiative to support students in purchasing technology (either in 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. Recent purchases include Parrot AR.Drone 2.0s, Oculus Rifts and Raspberry Pi 2s.
 

Accreditation

The Computer Science Department has been delivering BCS-accredited programmes for more than 30 years.

Our Computer Science degree is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council, fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.

It’s also accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Science Council for the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist.

Course content

Year 1

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 

Year 2

Students will go on to study six mandatory courses: Calculus and Real Analysis, Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics A, Data Structures and Algorithm, Database Management Systems and Probability and Statistics B, as well as one Optional course.

Year 3

Students will go on to study six mandatory courses: Statistical Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Intelligence Agent, Software Engineering, Advanced Statistical Methods, Professional Development, Bayesian Inference and Computational Maths, as well as two Optional courses.

Year 4

In Stage 4, students complete an individual disseration (30 credits) and take four mandatory taught courses. In addition, in each semester, students can choose one optional course that is aligned with their own particular interests.

Entry requirements

Year 1

Standard entry requirements 

  • Highers ABBB (including Mathematics)
  • A-Levels ABB (including Mathematics)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 26 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)

* 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

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers ABB (including Mathematics and Computing plus excellent Highers)
  • A-Levels ABB (including Mathematics and Computing)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points (with Mathematics and Computing at Higher Level 6)
  • HNC A in graded unit (including sufficient Mathematics and Computing)
  • HND AB in graded units (including sufficient Mathematics and Computing)
  • BTEC DDM (including sufficient Mathematics and Computing)

Those entering at Year 2 are expected to be proficient in a high-level programming language; Java is our preference.

Year 3

  • HND AA in graded units (including sufficient Mathematics and Computing)

Additional information

  • Not studying mathematics or worried about meeting the mathematics requirement? Consider applying for BSc Computer Systems. In Year 1 of this degree it is possible to take two optional mathematics courses. Then, subject to good performance, a course transfer to BSc Computer Science for Year 2 onwards can be requested.
  • For all years, applications are welcomed from holders of non-school qualificationsmature candidates and overseas students.
  • If you do not see your qualifications here please contact us at studywithus@hw.ac.uk
  • Please check that you meet our University-wide National 5/GCSE (or equivalent) English and Maths requirements.
  • To find out about the difference between the 3 and 4 year honours courses, please watch our video to help you decide which route is best for your qualifications and experience so far.

English language requirements

  • If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our English language requirements.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £19,400

* 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. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

4 years for the price of 3

If you live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, study with us and save £9,250 over your 4-year degree.

Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020

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 students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.