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Data Science (BSc) (Course full)


Please note: this course is full for 2019 entry.


Full-time 2019 entry

This flexible course provides an essential mix of highly developed mathematical, statistical and computing skills for those interested in a career in information technology.

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Data Science questions how to make sense of the vast volumes of data generated daily in modern life, from social networks to scientific research and finance. It then suggests sophisticated computing techniques for processing this deluge of information.

Taught by specialists from the Departments of Statistics, Computer Science and Mathematics, you will develop expertise in specialist areas of machine learning, data mining and algorithmic complexity. Skills development in mathematical and statistical modelling, algorithm design and software engineering prepares you for other careers including manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, finance, telecoms, scientific research.

You will learn through a combination of lectures, small-group tutorials and practical sessions based in the Department's well-equipped undergraduate computing laboratory. A central part of learning in Mathematics and Statistics is problem solving.

The curriculum is built on the principle that module choices get more and more flexible as you progress through the degree. On top of that, you may choose to study additional options from an even wider range of modules.

Year Two: about 15% optional modules, Year 3: about 60% optional modules.

The curriculum is divided up into modules consisting of lectures and assessments, which are often supplemented by smaller group teaching such as tutorials, supervisions and computer labs. Homework assignments are often biweekly and the expectation is that students work hard trying to tackle problems covering a range of levels of difficulty.

Contact hours

Contact time is around 15 hours a week.

Class size

Class sizes for core modules is around 180 students while size of classes for optional modules varies. Support classes usually consist of 15 students.

The first year counts 10%, the second year 30% and the third year 60% towards the final BSc degree mark.

We support student mobility through study abroad programmes and all students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department's dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

You may additionally choose to spend an ‘intercalated’ year in an approved industry, business or university between your last two years at Warwick.

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A level: A*AA to include A* in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics

OR A*A*A + AS Level A to include A* in Mathematics and A in AS level Further Mathematics

OR A*A*A* to include Mathematics or AAA + 2 in STEP or Merit in AEA, to include Mathematics

  • IB: 38 to include 7 in Higher Level Mathematics

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

  • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in all level 3 units, and Mathematics grade A* at A level or equivalent.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
  • Programming for Computer Scientists

  • Design of Information Structures

  • Mathematical Programming I

  • Linear Algebra

  • Mathematical Analysis

  • Sets and Numbers

  • Statistical Laboratory

  • Introduction to Probability

  • Mathematical Techniques

Year 2
  • Database Systems
  • Algorithms
  • Software Engineering
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Mathematical Methods
  • Mathematical Statistics Part A
  • Mathematical Statistics Part B
Year 3
  • Data Science Project
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

Artificial Intelligence; Games, Decisions and Behaviour; Neural Computing; Machine Learning; Approximation and Randomised Algorithms; Mobile Robotics; Computer Graphics; Social Informatics; Statistical Genetics; Mathematics of Random Events.

Graduates from the Department of Statistics enter a diverse range of careers. Many opt to work within the Financial Services sector with the Actuarial, Accounting and Investment Banking opportunities being particular favourites. These roles often involve the study for professional qualifications such as ACA, CIMA, CFA and the actuarial examinations. Other frequent career choices include e- Commerce, Business and Industrial Consultancy, Operational Research, Marketing, Scientific Research, and Government.

Statistics graduates develop a strong range of transferable skills including excellent numerical, problem-solving and analytical abilities. These along with your ability to communicate complex ideas effectively are highly sought after by employers.

A number of students decide to continue in academia, studying for either a Statistics related Masters or PhD. Alternative study routes have included the study of Management Science & Operational Research or the PGCE teaching qualification.

A level A*AA to include A* in Mathematics and A in Further Mathematics

OR A*A*A + AS Level A to include A* in Mathematics and A in AS level Further Mathematics

OR A*A*A* to include Mathematics or AAA + 2 in STEP or Merit in AEA, to include Mathematics

IB 38 to include 7 in Higher Level Mathematics


Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

3 years full time

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Additional costs

The additional costs of study in the Statistics Department are minor: printing, calculators and books and, in a few optional modules, printed notes, which are provided by the actuarial profession.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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