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BSc (Hons) Data Science & Analytics

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Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future.

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Our digital universe is growing at an unprecedented pace. Both the scientific and commercial worlds are undergoing a transformation, with Data Science and Analytics, and recently also Artificial Intelligence, emerging as one of the key paradigms of scientific discovery and a competitive dimension.

This course is a response to the great and immediate need for people with data science and analytics expertise acknowledged by industry and governmental bodies. After completing the course, you will be familiar with the foundations of machine learning and statistics, the stack of recently developed technologies enabling fast processing of large amounts of data (Big Data), relevant application areas of these technologies, and efficient ways of communicating the results of whatever analysis you perform, to various audiences. The course will give you a working knowledge of main state-of-the-art techniques for intelligent data analysis, enabling you to apply them to real-world problems in a variety of contexts, gaining insights into business, scientific and other kinds of data at the same time.

Graduates with data science and advanced analytics expertise are in high demand, which is why our specialist course teaches you about the tools available for data analysis and how to interpret data to benefit the organisation. You will graduate with a working knowledge of major state-of-the-art techniques for intelligent data analysis, enabling you to effortlessly apply them to real-world problems in order to gain insight into business, scientific and other kinds of data. You will also be adept at using latest Big Data tools and technologies (e.g. Hadoop, noSQL databases), which are standard in the industry.

This course forms part of our framework of computing courses, and allows you to change your final degree title in your second year if another course within the framework best suits your needs. You will share a common first year and choose specialist units in your second and final years. The courses that form part of BU’s computing framework along with this one are:

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2019, September 2020


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


4 years full-time with a minimum 30-week placement or 3 years full-time. You will be enrolled onto the 4-year degree, but can opt out of the placement year

Required subjects:

All subjects considered

Entry requirements:

Places available to study this September

We have greater flexibility with our entry requirements during Clearing, so let’s talk about your future.

Call us on +44 (0)1202 966777 or apply online.

International entry requirements:

For September 2019 and September 2020 entry: If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent. For more information check out our international entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.

Contact hours and assessment

Details of the assessment methods and contact hours for each unit of the course can be found in the programme specification. 

Download the programme specification (pdf 194kb)


The experience that you will gain during your placement is invaluable in helping to make informed decisions about your future career path, as well as enhancing employment prospects upon graduation. What’s more, you can also choose to take your placement abroad, giving you the opportunity to develop yourself personally, academically, and professionally and gain skills to help you stand out in the job market. A lot of our students find that they are offered permanent jobs after graduation by their placement companies.

Many new graduate positions are taken by people who have already had work experience as part of a course. Employers increasingly expect would-be recruits to have some kind of work experience, without which they are unlikely to be considered, regardless of their qualifications.

Find out about BU students’ experiences on placementsAll you need to know about placements

Your application

For this course we are looking for applicants who are:

  • Analytical
  • Technical
  • Practical
  • Creative.

This is a predominantly technical framework, especially in the first year, which is common to all the degree titles in the framework, and in the second year core units. Therefore you will need to have a deep and abiding interest in computing and IT, and in the use of computer technologies to create effective and efficient solutions that meet the needs of the end users.

How to apply

Entry requirements


IT plays an ever more important role in every aspect of our lives and businesses are always looking for professionals who have the skills and drive to succeed in this fast-paced and ever-evolving industry. This degree will give you all the technical knowledge you need to get ahead, as well as giving you a good grasp of management in an IT setting.

Our graduates are highly sought after, 87% of our students who study computing courses are working or studying 6 months after graduating.

Our staff

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Please note that teaching staff can change.

You can find out more about our staff and their research interests on our Department's web pages.

Costs and fees

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. You can find full information about funding your studies and paying your fees in our undergraduate fees and funding section. That’s also where you’ll find information about the scholarships and bursaries on offer – including unlimited Academic Excellence Scholarships for UK, EU and International students.

Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise, and we’re committed to ensuring there are no hidden extra costs while you’re at university – that’s why we’re clear about what you can expect us to cover, and what your cost of living will be. You’ll also find you could benefit from a range of discounts as a student.

Find out more about budgeting and living expenses

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