BSc (Hons)

Data Science

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  • UCAS code(s): 7G73 (full-time) / 7G74 (with placement)
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2018
  • Course duration: Three years full-time / four years with placement

From natural science, through the business, finance and retail sectors to social networking and mobile devices, computer-based systems now generate huge volumes of data almost continuously. The rapid emergence of ‘Big Data’ brings challenges: there is now an urgent need for graduates skilled in the sophisticated mathematical and computational techniques required for large-scale data analysis.

This course shares a common first year with our BSc (Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics. You will develop computer science skills such as programming and database design, together with mathematical skills such as data mining.

What you'll study

Who will teach me?

Visit our academic team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.

  • Year One

    • Mathematical Methods
    • Introduction to Numerical Methods
    • Foundations of Computing and Technology Programming
    • Computer Science Programming
    • Data Analysis
    • Introduction to Systems Analysis and Design
  • Year Two

    • Mathematical Modelling and Quality Control for Business
    • Linear Algebra and Data Mining
    • Probability and Statistical Inference
    • Systems Software
    • Information and Database Engineering
    • Practical Project Management
  • Year Three

    Optional placement year

  • Final year

    Core Modules

    • Data Cleansing, Transformation and Visualisation
    • Distributed Database Engineering
    • Project in Mathematics OR Project in Computing

    Optional modules

    Choose two modules from the following:

    • Applied Statistics
    • Computational Statistics and Data Analysis
    • Statistical Modelling
    • Stochastic Processes (Mathematics project students only)

    And choose one module from:

    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Cloud Computing
    • Business Analysis.

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

We will provide lectures, practical computing sessions, seminars and two to four surgery sessions each week. Here you’ll meet with your lecturer in small groups to discuss any problems, or work through challenging topics. The rest of your time will be spent carrying out independent study such as reading textbooks and lecture notes, and working on exercises.

How will I be assessed?

We want you to graduate with a range of transferable skills, so all of the modules have two or three assessment components that help you to demonstrate your knowledge in a variety of ways. As well as traditional exams and in-class tests, you’ll complete assignments and group projects, and give presentations.

Careers and employability

Your career development

Our recent Mathematics graduates have gone onto work in the following roles and companies:

Their salaries range from £16,000 – £30,000 per year.

They have also started careers in:

  • industrial and commercial mathematics
  • statistical applications systems modelling
  • software engineering
  • telecommunications
  • IT applications
  • teaching and research.

Excellent placement opportunities

After Year Two, you have the opportunity to undertake a one-year work placement in industry, including overseas options. This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice.

Recent Mathematics students have secured placements in the following roles and companies:

You’ll be actively encouraged and supported by our dedicated placement team, who’ll help you find and apply for positions that are right for you. They’ll also provide support while you’re in your place of work, whether that’s at home or abroad.

You’ll be assessed throughout the year, and at the end of your placement you’ll write a reflective report and diary. On completion of a successful placement, you’ll be eligible to receive an additional award – the Placement Diploma in Professional Practice.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • 104 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent including Mathematics or Statistics grade B); or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM including relevant mathematics or statistics modules; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

What are we looking for?

  • 104 UCAS tariff points from up to four qualifications (two of which must be A-level equivalent including Mathematics or Statistics grade B); or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM including relevant mathematics or statistics modules; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C / 4

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

Foundation courses

If you are an international student who does not meet the direct entry requirements for this course, you can prepare for it at Nottingham Trent International College. Their Foundation Certificate in Science and Engineering (life sciences) offers students a guaranteed progression route to this degree on successful completion to the required level.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

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Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

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Fees and funding

Once our 2018/19 fees have been set, they will be available on our fees and funding page.

Getting in touch

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While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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