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Data Science (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study Data Science at Warwick?

  • Our Data Science degree is organised jointly by the Department of Statistics and the Department of Computer Science to provide students with the technical skills and insight to operate at the forefront of science, industry and business analytics.
  • The Departments of Statistics and Computer Science have both been ranked in the top three in their respective categories in the most recent Research Excellence Framework, which assesses the research of British higher education institutions. This means you will learn from experts at the forefront of new subject knowledge.
  • We offer significant flexibility regarding optional modules. For more details visit

Prof. David Firth & Dr Sara Wade

Department of Statistics

Dr Matthew Leeke

Department of Computer Science



What will I learn?

This flexible course enables talented mathematicians to pursue sophisticated theory of modern application domains requiring large-scale data analysis. 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, and suggests sophisticated computing techniques for processing this deluge of information.

Warwick is leading the way in the provision of UK undergraduate degrees in this emerging discipline at the interface of Statistics and Computer Science. Our modules are taught by specialists from the Departments of Statistics, Computer Science and Mathematics, each of which is at the forefront of research. The course provides an essential mix of highly developed mathematical, statistical and computing skills for those interested in a career in information technology. Alongside this core knowledge, you will develop expertise in specialist areas of machine learning, data mining and algorithmic complexity. You will also acquire skills in analytical thinking, cross-disciplinary communication, mathematical and statistical modelling, algorithm design and software engineering, thoroughly preparing you for other careers including manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, finance, telecoms, scientific research, academia, teaching and management.

Your first year provides background knowledge and fundamental skills in Data Science, which are further embedded in your second year. From this point you will also acquire more specialist expertise, gaining practical experience of industrial software engineering through group project work. Your final year is focused on applying all these skills, culminating in an individual project on a topic of your choice, involving extended analysis of a substantial data set.

How will I learn?

You will learn through a combination of lectures, small-group tutorials and practical sessions based in both departments’ well-equipped undergraduate computing laboratories. The computer laboratories in the Department of Computer Science are open 24/7. We encourage and guide students in tackling a variety of theoretical exercises and computing tasks. In their final year, BSc Data Science students work on a project involving extensive analysis of a substantial data set.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of closed and open-book examinations, continuous assessment and project work, depending on your options.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

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.

Entry Requirements

A Level

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

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

A*A*A*, to include Mathematics

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

A levels in Applied Subjects and Mixed Portfolios Candidates considered on an individual basis. Grades required similar to those for candidates taking academic A and AS qualifications.

International Baccalaureate 38 points including 7 in Higher Level Mathematics

Other Qualifications We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

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 page.

General Studies/Critical Thinking Offers normally exclude General Studies at A or AS level and Critical Thinking at A level.

Essential Subjects

Your offer may depend on performance in the pure mathematics units.

Further Information

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

Interviews We do not typically interview applicants.Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

Open Days We hold Departmental Open Days for offer holders in March. These are an excellent opportunity to get a personal impression of the Department and to put questions to lecturers and professors. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

What modules could I study?

First year core modules may include Linear Algebra; Mathematical Analysis; Sets and Numbers; Statistical Laboratory; Introduction to Probability; Mathematical Techniques; Programming for Computer Scientists and Design of Information Structures. Second year core modules may include Stochastic Processes; Mathematical Methods; Mathematical Statistics; Database Systems; Algorithms and Software Engineering. Optional modules may include Artificial Intelligence; Linear Statistical Modelling; Machine Learning; Complexity of Algorithms, to name a few.

Find out more about the degree structure.

*The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

What careers can a Warwick degree in Data Science lead to?

Currently, global demand for combined statistical and computing expertise outstrips supply, with evidence-based predictions suggesting a major shortage in this area for at least the next 10 years. For graduates in Data Science this shortage presents opportunities to forge careers in a large number of areas involving quantitative data analysis and computational skills. These include commerce (especially e-commerce), finance, government, genomics and other areas of "big science", entertainment and sport, education and academic research. Graduates will also be highly adaptable to new data-related challenges as they arise, perhaps in hitherto unforeseen fields.

Career destinations of our most recent graduates include Corporate Finance Analyst, Ernst and Young LLP; Assistant Statistician, Ministry of Justice; Accounting Associate, PriceWaterhouse Coopers; Advisor in Forensic Technology, KPMG; Actuarial Analyst, RSA.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level:

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

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

A*A*A*, to include Mathematics

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


38 points including 7 in Higher Level Mathematics


Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)

3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year

Department website

Department of Statistics

Department of Computer Science

Student blogs
Rob Hannay - Computer Science

Mark Hurdley - Statistics

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.