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BScData Science

Aberystwyth University
United Kingdom, Aberystwyth
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Overview

Data Science is an exciting new discipline where Computing and Mathematics meet, and graduates with Data Science skills are in great demand. It addresses how we can make sense of the terabytes of information that our computers are collecting every day. It can be used to predict what people will want to buy, or where we need to put more money into the National Health Service to make it more effective, or the best ways of tackling global warming.

The demand is growing rapidly for people who are capable of using computers to analyse and make sense of the data that is now available. A degree in Data Science is an ideal start to working in this area.

Data Science in Aberystwyth is jointly taught by the Computer Science Department (11th in Research Intensity in the UK), and the Department of Mathematics, and gives you a strong grounding in the underlying theory of Data Science as well as the practical skills to be able to apply that theory in real world data analytics.

One profitable area of data science is deducing things about a company’s customers in order to provide them with what they need. The finance company CapitalOne attributes its success to more effective analysis of the riskiness of loan application data, and all large companies are coming to understand that the data they collect about customers can have a large effect on whether they are successful or not. Making sense of that data is what Data Science is all about.

Analysing customers is not the only application of data science though – it is equally important in forming government policy, in improving manufacturing output, and in producing significant scientific results. The true story behind the recent film “Moneyball” is a great example of data science in action – Brad Pitt’s character uses performance metrics to find undervalued baseball players, and builds the Boston Red Sox into a championship winning team.

Career opportunities

Forbes Magazine have labelled Data Scientist as “the sexiest job of the 21st century. It involves finding and interpreting patterns in big data, and needs an excellent understanding of statistics and good computing skills.

Obvious examples of companies that employ data scientists would be companies such as Tesco and Amazon, who collect a great deal of information on their customers and wish to learn all they can from that information to encourage customers to spend more money. The success of that kind of analysis means that almost all companies (and councils and governments) are beginning to examine the data that their customers provide, and to use it either to improve services or for marketing purposes.

The shortage of skilled Data Scientists means that graduates in this area are expected to be in great demand over the next few years – one study estimates that around 200,000 Data Scientists will be needed.

The BSc Data Science gives excellent experience of both the Statistics and the Computer Science needed by Data Scientists. The Year in Industry option on the degree means that students can finish their degree having already had a year’s experience of working in Data Science, making them even more employable.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States