Undergraduate BSc (Hons)

Data Science

Explore and analyse complex data sets to solve practical problems. You'll expand your critical thinking skills and gain hands-on experience of data governance.

Data Science

Course Overview

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  • Main location

    Headingley Campus Beckett Park
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  • Duration

    3 Years
  • Start date

    18 Sep 2023

Data science is an exciting and high-profile field of work. Globally, we produce increasing amounts of data every second and data recognised as a key asset in economic, business and cultural life.

Being able to analyse data is crucial to gaining information, insight and understanding. This course will allow you to study key topics, from data management and analytics to statistics and programming. You'll develop the theoretical knowledge, practical skills and confidence to be able to convert data into valuable insights.

As part of this course, you’ll:

  • Study data analysis techniques
  • Learn to analyse and create meaningful visualisations from data sets 
  • Study key topics, from data management and analytics, to machine learning, statistics and programming
  • Develop your theoretical knowledge, practical skills and confidence to be able to convert data into valuable insights 
  • Learn how to apply your knowledge to investigate social issues, such as crime connections and business insight
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of core data analysis techniques informed by a deeper knowledge of data principles and practical considerations
  • Use open source data and tools such as python and SQL, tableau and R and Matlab
  • Learn how to identify data to inform your investigation, ensure quality results, select appropriate analysis techniques for the task and choose methods to convey the message
  • Understand the importance of ethics and data governance in your approach to data science

Your ability to understand how to work with data to gain insights and create narratives will make you an asset to any organisation or individual seeking to make evidence-based decisions. You’ll be able to apply your expertise to a wide range of areas including marketing channels, and scientific innovations such as smart houses. 

Developing your skillset
You’ll be taught and assessed using a range of approaches that will enable you to develop a rounded skillset, including:

  • Simulations
  • Case studies
  • Practical work
  • Online collaborative discussion

Tailoring your learning
In your third year, you’ll complete a year-long data science project drawing on theoretical principles to rigorously design investigations, analyse data and represent findings from data. Through considered selection of your project and client, you’ll be able to tailor your learning to your career aspirations.

Industry connections
Joining a research-led academic community will give you access to guest lectures. While industry events will broaden your experience and knowledge of the career pathways that will be open to you. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with industry experts to gain connections and an insight of the roles available within the field.

Why study Data Science at Leeds Beckett University...

  1. Connect with professionals - through industry site visits and guest lectures
  2. Develop an in-demand graduate skillset – you’ll gain the theoretical knowledge, practical skills and confidence to convert data into valuable insights
  3. Get hands-on - with fantastic placement opportunities, summer internships or final year real-life projects 
  4. Develop industry experience - with our sandwich year option
  5. Industry experienced expert course team

BSc Data Science - Course Director view BSc Data Science Course Director, Dr Jackie Campbell, explains why this course is unique.

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