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Data Science at Warwick

Warwick was the first university to offer an undergraduate Data Science degree in the UK. We have links with business and government and our core Computer Science degree has applications to digital forensics, social media analytics and the design of autonomous vehicles. We are;

  • First Data Science UG degree to be established in UK
  • 1st in UK for scientific outputs (in Computer Science REF 2014)
  • 2nd in the UK for computing research (REF 2014)

Warwick has outstanding departments in the three key axis of Mathematical Sciences (Computer Science, Mathematics, and Statistics). Independently, each is ranked in the top 2 or 3 departments in the country; together, we provide an interdisciplinary community which is working together to solve the hardest mathematical problems. The departments have also recently won a string of accolades including a Fields Medal, a Regius Professorship and a Queens Anniversary Prize.

We are one of the founding academic partners of the Alan Turing Institute in London, the national institute for research in Data Science. Along with the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford and UCL, we are collaborating with the sharpest minds in data science and AI to impact both theoretical development and application to real-world problems.

Innovative science in a data-rich world

The Warwick Data Science Institute (WDSI) builds upon the great power and range of Warwick's research expertise across the Mathematical Sciences, to promote innovative research collaborations that will help shape the future of data analysis.

WDSI brings together not only the huge strengths of Warwick's Departments of Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics, but also the wider community both at Warwick (researchers from many departments, with interests ranging widely from genomics to business analytics) and internationally through the extensive WDSI programme of research workshops and visitors.

The primary focus of WDSI is world-leading research, including the development of novel mathematical, statistical and computational approaches to the acquisition, management and analysis of "big data". Warwick is a founding partner (with Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford and UCL) in the Alan Turing Institute for data science.

Innovative education and research training

Through its roots in some of the most prominent academic departments ar Warwick, WDSI is also strongly connected to high-quality education in the broad area of Data Science, ranging from undergraduate to PhD level:

  • Warwick's BSc in Data Science is the first of its kind in the UK, and aims to train future leaders in this high-demand sector of the global economy.
  • At the Master's degree level, Warwick's varied provision in this area includes MSc Data Analytics and MSc Business Analytics, in addition to long-established MSc Computer Science and MSc Statistics courses.
  • At PhD level, Warwick provides substantial leadership in this area through a large population of top-quality research students. Three EPSRC Centres of Doctoral Training, and the recently established Leverhulme "Bridges" doctoral scholarships programme, all emphasize the innovative modelling, analysis and interpretation of substantial data:
    • The Oxford-Warwick Statistics Programme (OxWaSP)
    • The Warwick centre for doctoral training in Urban Science
    • The Warwick centre for doctoral training in Mathematics of Real-world Systems (MathSys)
    • Bridging the mathematical and social sciences: The Leverhulme-Warwick PhD Programme (Bridges)
  • Warwick is also very active in offering data science education to the wider public. For example, Warwick Business School’s free Big Data: Measuring and Predicting Human Behaviour course on FutureLearn has attracted over 25,000 learners to date.