Data Science

BSc Hons

  • UCAS Code G900
  • Entry Year 2023
  • A Level Requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 3 Years

Overview

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    9th for Graduate Prospects (Computer Science)

    The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide (2023)

  • 13

    13th for Computer Science

    The Guardian University Guide (2023)

  • 13

    13th for Graduate Prospects (Computer Science)

    The Complete University Guide (2023)

Data science plays a vital role in all aspects of the modern world. Our programme will ensure you have a strong foundation in this rapidly expanding, highly in-demand field to achieve your career aspirations.

Our programme delivers a broad yet rigorous grounding in computer science and statistics, adopting both theoretical and practical learning approaches. You will gain cutting-edge knowledge and skills through state-of-the-art equipment and excellent teaching offered by both the School of Computing and Communications and the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

This engaging programme, and our reputation for excellence in research, means that you will receive high quality teaching delivered by academics who are experts in their field. Throughout the three years, you will develop a range of discipline specific skills and gain specialist knowledge that will prepare you for your chosen career.

During your first year, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles of computer science, and will simultaneously develop your knowledge and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts. Bringing these two fields together into data science fundamentals, you will also enhance your data analysis, problem-solving and quantitative reasoning skills.

In the second year, you will further deepen your knowledge in linear algebra, probability and statistics, as well as your foundational understanding, programming, and software design skills. While studying these topics, you will complete our Project Skills module, which will provide you with the chance to enhance your research and employment skills through individual and group projects designed for data scientists. This will give you experience of approaching a data science problem in the real-world.

Your final year will give you the opportunity to specialise in a range of enriching research-informed optional modules, as well as undertaking a substantial data science individual project. In this project you will work closely with one of our academics, expand your problem-solving abilities, and draw upon the skills and knowledge that you have gained throughout your degree. This will be great experience for you to draw upon in an interview and in your career.

We are working to satisfy the emerging requirements for Data Science accreditation as defined by the appropriate professional bodies (such as the British Computer Society, Royal Statistical Society).

Careers

The gathering, interpretation, and evaluation of data is fundamental to all aspects of modern life. As a result, data science can lead to a career in a wide range of industries. Data Science graduates are very versatile, and have in-depth, specialist knowledge and a wealth of skills.

Upon completion of this degree, you will graduate with a comprehensive skill set, including data analysis and manipulation, logical thinking, problem-solving and quantitative reasoning, as well as adept knowledge of the discipline. As a result, data scientists are sought after in a range of industries, such as business and finance, defence, education, infrastructure and power, and IT and communications.

Particular graduate destinations may include data analyst, data scientist, or machine learning engineer. Many of our students also elect to continue in higher education by studying for MSc or PhD qualifications. Lancaster is home to the Data Science Institute (DSI), which creates a world-class Data Science research capability, setting the global standard for a truly interdisciplinary approach to contemporary data-driven research challenges.

We provide careers advice and host a range of events throughout each academic year. These include our annual careers fair, attended by exhibitors who are interested in providing placements and vacancies to data science students and graduates. You can also speak face-to-face with employers such as Network Rail, Oracle, and Johnson and Johnson, in addition to a broad range of SMEs. Our graduates have gone on to work with major technology companies such as IBM, Google, BBC, and BAE, while others have chosen to take their software design, development, and management skills to SMEs, or have set up their own technology-centric businesses.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but also allows you also graduate with the relevant life and work-based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award, which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development.

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, you also graduate with the relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

Required Subjects A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics grade A

GCSE English Language grade C or 4

IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects including 6 in HL Mathematics (either analysis and approaches or applications and interpretations)

BTEC May be considered alongside A level Mathematics or Further Mathematics at grade A

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualifications. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

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Fees and Funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2023/24 are:

UK International
£9,250 £26,550

Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status:

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Alex Harlock, BSc Computer Science

A future for Alex

When I came to the University on my offer holder day it was the conversations with the academic staff and the interactive workshops they ran that convinced me that Lancaster was the place for me. Getting to see the passion the academics have for their subject and how this translated into teaching was a great eye-opener for me, and happily, this has translated into three years of immense learning and uncovering my own enthusiasm for Computer Science.

Coming into University I had some programming experience through high school, but what I didn’t yet appreciate was the breadth of the subject and how programming can be applied in so many different scenarios. Through the second year Databases and Computer Networks, and the third year Distributed Systems and Artificial Intelligence modules I discovered how Computer Science and coding extend to so much more than just making games, as is commonly perceived.

The course has made clear to me the direction I want to head in with my career, and when I graduate this summer, I will be starting as a Software Engineer at an exciting, fast-paced technology company in the Midlands. The range of content I have learned and the passion with which I was taught at Lancaster have been pivotal factors in me achieving this long-held ambition.

Alex Harlock, BSc Computer Science

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