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Data Science BSc

This programme provides a comprehensive training in the statistical basis of data science, along with a solid grounding in the computing skills and algorithmic reasoning necessary for modern data analysis.

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Key Information

Programme starts

September 2021
UCAS code
G303
Duration
Full-time: 3 years
Application deadline
15 January 2021
Location
London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

A Levels

Grades
A*AA
Subjects
A* in Mathematics required. Further Mathematics preferred. If you are studying both then the A* can be in either subject.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs.

Contextual offer

Grades
A*BB (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
A* in Mathematics required. Further Mathematics preferred. If you are studying both then the A* can be in either subject.
GCSEs
English Language and Mathematics at grade C or 5. For UK-based students, a grade C or 5 or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs.

IB Diploma

Points
39
Subjects
A score of 19 points in three higher level subjects including grade 7 in Mathematics, with no score lower than 5.

Contextual offer

Points
36 (more about contextual offers)
Subjects
A score of 17 points in three higher level subjects including grade 7 in Mathematics, with no score lower than 5.

UK applicants qualifications

For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:

Equivalent qualification

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF - teaching from 2016) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction to include Distinction in Engineering Principles and Calculus to Solve Engineering Problems.

Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with a minimum of 28 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit. Please note, where subject specific requirements are stipulated at A level we may review your Access to HE syllabus to ensure you meet the subject specific requirements prior to a final decision being communicated.

D2,D3,D3 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Mathematics at D2 required. Further Mathematics is preferred. If you are studying both subjects then D2 can be in either subject.

A1,A,A at Advanced Highers (or A1,A at Advanced Higher and A,A,A at Higher), including A1 in Mathematics at Advanced Higher.

Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate plus 2 GCE A-Levels at grades A*AA, including A* in Mathematics. Further Mathematics is preferred. If you are studying both subjects then A* can be in either subject.

International applications

In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.

Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates

UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are intensive one-year foundation courses for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.

Typical UPC students will be high achievers in a 12-year school system which does not meet the standard required for direct entry to UCL.

For more information see: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.

Degree benefits

  • The degree programme is aimed at providing the core capabilities of a data scientist who will be able to engage with a variety of disciplines, from health research, to the digital economy and finance, natural sciences and more.

  • During the degree programme, students will be exposed to a mix of multidisciplinary modules including in the applied sciences and its data-analytic aspects.

  • The department offers a friendly and supportive atmosphere, where small-group teaching and personal attention are available for all students.

  • The structure of the programme encourages hands-on assignments and an interaction with disciplines outside the department. 

Degree structure

In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual modules, normally valued at 15 or 30 credits, adding up to a total of 120 credits for the year. Modules are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional modules varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 30-credit module is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

The programme does not assume any previous exposure to probability, statistics or computer science. During the course of your degree, theoretical studies are balanced with an emphasis on practical work, including the training on at least two programming languages, and realistic illustration of theoretical concepts.  

The first year is designed to provide all students with a firm foundation in these subjects, while deepening the knowledge and understanding of those students with some previous exposure to the subject areas: you will study mathematics, statistics and computing, which will prepare you for increased specialisation in data science in years two and three. 

The second and third years build on this foundation through further compulsory modules on core topics in probability theory, statistical inference and algorithms. Specialist areas of application, such as in medicine and commerce, are mostly introduced as third year options, although an introductory module in applied science may be taken as early as the first year. 

In the final year, there is considerable flexibility to bias your programme towards either the more mathematical or applied aspects of the subject. In particular, about one-quarter of your work will be on a project involving extensive research supervised by a member of staff within the Department of Statistical Science. 

Modules

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory module(s)

  • Database Systems A
  • Calculus and Linear Algebra 
  • Calculus in Several Dimensions
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • Further Probability and Statistics
  • Introduction to Practical Statistics
  • Programming Fundamentals

Optional modules

You must select the remaining credits from a wide range of undergraduate modules, e.g. Information Studies, Management, Mathematics, Science & Technology Studies. 

Compulsory module(s)

  • Science and Ethics 
  • Advanced Linear Algebra
  • Probability and Inference
  • Linear Models and the Analysis of Variance
  • Algorithms and Data Structures 
  • Computing for Practical Statistics 

Optional modules

You will select your remaining credits from a wide range of optional modules, which must include one or two of the following:

  • Mathematical Analysis
  • Introduction to Applied Probability
  • Social Statistics
  • Optimisation Algorithms in Operational Research

Compulsory module(s)

  • Project
  • Statistical Machine Learning
  • Inference at Scale

Optional modules

You will select your remaining credits from a wide range of optional modules, which must include at least one and no more than four of the following: 

  • Numerical Methods
  • Statistical Inference
  • Forecasting
  • Decision and Risk
  • Factorial Experimentation
  • Stochastic Methods in Finance I
  • Medical Statistics I 
  • Medical Statistics II
  • Selected Topics in Statistics
  • Stochastic Methods in Finance II 
  • Bayesian Methods in Health Economics
  • Quantitative Modelling of Operational Risk and Insurance Analytics 

Your learning

We employ a variety of teaching methods which includes lectures, small-group tutorials, problem classes and computer workshops and e-learning. Lecturers have regular 'office hours' during which you are welcome to come and ask questions about the programme material.

Assessment

Most Statistical Science modules employ a combination of end-of-year written examination and coursework to assess your subject-specific knowledge and academic skills, although some modules are entirely coursework based. 

Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Data Science BSc.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Careers

As a graduate of the programme, you should be able to proceed directly to a post as a data scientist in industry, commerce or government. The skills you will acquire could also be applied to the founding or management of businesses relating to a broad set of data analytic services. 

The programme is also designed to provide you with a preparation for postgraduate study in statistics, machine learning and other specialised fields in applied data science.

Together with subject-specific knowledge, the programme is designed to equip you with skills valued by employers including: advanced numeracy and quantitative skills, analytical and problem-solving skills, and computing skills. You will also develop your research skills, communication skills and word processing skills through project work.

UCL is commited to helping you get the best start after graduation. Read more about how UCL Careers and UCL Innovation and Enterprise can help you find employment or learn about entrepreneurship.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/22 academic year. The UK fees shown are for the first year of the programme at UCL only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase. The Overseas fees shown are the fees that will be charged to 2021/22 entrants for each year of study on the programme, unless otherwise indicated below.

UK students
£9,250 (2021/22)
Overseas students
£25,800 (2021/22)

Full details of UCL's tuition fees, tuition fee policy and potential increases to fees can be found on the UCL Students website.

Additional costs

This programme does not have any additional costs outside of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying.

A guide including rough estimates for these and other living expenses is included on the UCL Fees and funding pages. If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc., please get in touch with the relevant departmental contact (details given on this page).

Funding

Various funding options are available, including student loans, scholarships and bursaries. UK students whose household income falls below a certain level may also be eligible for a non-repayable bursary or for certain scholarships. Please see the Fees and funding pages for more details.

The department offers an undergraduate scholarship, the EJ Gumbel Scholarship.

Departmental scholarships

Funding opportunities relevant to the department may appear in this section when they are available. Please check carefully or confirm with the programme contact to ensure they apply to this degree programme.

The Scholarships and Funding website lists scholarships and funding schemes available to UCL students. These may be open to all students, or restricted to specific nationalities, regions or academic department.

Application and next steps

Your application

When we receive your application we will consider your academic record, your predicted grades, your personal statement and your reference. Your application should demonstrate high academic ability, particularly in mathematics, an informed interest in all components of your chosen degree programme and good communication skills. In special cases, candidates may be interviewed.

How to apply

Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.

Application deadline: 15 January 2021



Selection

For further information on UCL's selection process see: Selection of students.


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Page last modified on 28 September 2020