Data Science - BSc (Hons)

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Why study this course?

This Data Science bachelor’s course offers a comprehensive introduction to the most important areas of the discipline, including data programming, statistical modelling, business intelligence, machine learning and data visualisation.

Developed with input from industry experts, this course covers all the necessary skills and competencies required to delve deeper into this fascinating field. By the end of the BSc degree, you’ll be ready to apply for rewarding roles in the data science and big data industries, as well as the many sectors and organisations that increasingly require data scientists.

More about this course

Designed by academics from both Mathematics and Applied Computing backgrounds, this course is made up of fine-tuned modules which are prepared with your future in mind. The course will foster your learning development using a range of tools and big data platforms, allowing you to continue to specialise in data engineering, analytics, big data visualisation, statistical modelling and machine learning.

During your studies you’ll be encouraged to:

  • apply maths, statistics and science practice
  • recognise and exploit business opportunities using data science innovation
  • find a solution to domain-specific problems using data science capability
  • utilise a range of coding practices
  • build scalable data products for strategic or operational business and contribute through the product life cycle
  • use tools such as Spark, Kafka, Hadoop, Oracle, SQL Server, Linux, Apache Airflow, RStudio, Python - Jupyter, Tableau, and D3 technology

Your learning will see you attend a variety of scheduled sessions such as lectures, tutorials, and workshops. This will be further developed by your revision of module materials and learning exercises outside of scheduled teaching hours. Throughout your learning experience you’ll find the teaching team on hand to support you.

What’s more, we have a wealth of appropriate blended learning technologies, such as the University’s virtual learning environment WebLearn, our library’s e-books and our online databases. These will further facilitate and support your learning, in particular to:

  • deliver content
  • encourage your active learning
  • provide formative and summative assessments with prompt feedback
  • enhance your course engagement

The specialist nature of this course will allow you to explore and experience advanced techniques in data science and data analytics. You’ll acquire practical skills, often first-hand from an external organisation, which will prepare you for your future as a data scientist.

You can get a taste for life at our School of Computing and Digital Media by taking a look at our showcase of recent student work.

Assessment

You’ll be provided with opportunities to develop an understanding of good academic practice, as well as the skills necessary to demonstrate this. In particular, you’ll be encouraged to complete weekly tutorial and workshop exercises as well as periodic formative diagnostic tests to enhance your learning. During tutorial and workshop sessions you’ll receive ongoing support and feedback on your work to promote engagement and provide the basis for tackling the summative assessments.

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods throughout your studies. Module assessment typically consists of a combination of assessment methods including:

  • coursework
  • in-class tests
  • exams

Coursework can include an artifact such as an output of dataset analysis, application of algorithms, data trends or program code in addition to a written report/essay. The volume, timing and nature of assessment will enable you to demonstrate the extent to which you have achieved the intended learning outcomes.

Formative and summative feedback will be provided using a variety of methods and approaches, such as learning technologies and one to one and group presentations of the submitted work at various points throughout the teaching period.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code D300
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum grade C in three A levels (or a minimum of 96 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Progression Diploma or Access to Higher Education Diploma of 60 Credits)
  • English language and Mathematics GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered.

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry to the four-year Data Science (including foundation year) BSc programme.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2021/22 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module develops the mathematical and statistical tools that are used in the mathematics of finance. It also introduces methods of analysing data using appropriate statistical software.
    This module introduces the basic terminologies used in finance and develops the mathematical techniques to solve problems in the area of finance. Descriptive statistics and statistical techniques that are useful to present, analyse and make inferences about data are also introduced. A selection of suitable software (e.g. Excel, R, SPSS) will enable students to analyse data in order to make informed decisions.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    Students will receive an introduction to the principles of information processing and an overview of the information technologies for digital data processing using computational and communication devices, including an initial understanding of the requirements for usability, quality, complexity, security and privacy of the developed solution. The students will obtain initial practical skills in modelling, design, implementation and testing of software systems for real-world application using a suitable programming language.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon

    Students will receive an introduction to the business environment and the role of information management and information systems within business.
    The module develops an understanding of the Information Systems, the Software Development process and the basic technology underpinning these systems. This will include database management systems and the Internet. Students which will develop key skills and knowledge in the aspects of an information system, including databases, websites, and scripts with particular regard to usability.
    • The module aims to provide an overview of the nature of organisations, their business models, and how key areas operate to meet business objectives. It introduces students to organisational culture, data, information and knowledge management, and the role of information in organisational decision making.
    • Within the module the students will be given an appreciation of the effect of ICT on organisational performance, and a basic understanding of the processes of developing and maintaining information systems, software products and services.
    • An introduction to underlying technologies (e.g., databases, Internet and Web) is embedded in the module, which also seeks to develop basic competence and confidence in the use of appropriate tools, techniques and academic and communication skills, with an underlining awareness of legal, social, ethical and professional issues.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Thursday morning

    This module develops a range of mathematical techniques including set theory, logic, relations and functions, algebra, differentiation and integration. The techniques provide the foundation for further study of mathematics and related applications in Computer Science, Computer Games Programming, Computer Systems Engineering and Robotics and Electronics and Internet of Things.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday morning

    This is an introductory programming module, designed to develop interest, ability and confidence in using a programming language. Students will gain the basic knowledge and experience to solve simple programming problems using established techniques in program design, development and documentation.
    The student is also expected to develop their confidence needed to program solutions to problems through a series of practical programming exercises.
    Assessment: Coursework 1 (30%) + Coursework 2 (30%) + Multiple choice test (40%) [Pass on aggregate]

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Year 2 modules include:

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    This module will enable students to understand the fundamental concepts of data science and appreciate key techniques of data science and its applications in a wide range of business context. Students will be exposed to data understanding, preparation, modelling, results evaluation and data visualisation techniques that can assist businesses in making effective data-driven decisions to improve productivity and consumer satisfaction. Students will be introduced to the practical application of tools and techniques required to perform data science projects in a modern business environment.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

    Introduces techniques for analysing, designing and implementing database systems. An understanding of data modelling and design concepts is provided and database programming language skills are taught. The practical aspect of developing database systems is emphasised and use is made of a widely-used commercial database system (e.g. Oracle) for this purpose.

    The module will enable students to give an introduction to the issues governing the design and implementation of database systems. Theoretical aspects of designing sound database systems, as well as the practical aspects of implementing such systems are presented. This therefore allows students to understand, and put into practice, the techniques available for analysing, designing and developing database systems.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday afternoon

    This module focuses on computer laws, social, ethical and professional issues (LSEPI) underpinning the IT discipline. It also covers techniques for the world of work such as job search, CV and interviews as well as professional ethics and responsibilities. Topics on academic research and academic writing are also presented. (Exam and course work).

    Assessment: Coursework (60%) + Unseen exam (40%) [Pass on aggregate]

    The aims of this module are to:
    • Provide students with knowledge and understanding of the regulations governing the digital environment (e.g. Internet) and social, ethical and professional issues (LSEPI) underpinning the IT discipline.
    • Prepare students for the world of work and equip them with the knowledge and appreciation of professional bodies, code of conducts and professional certifications.
    • Introduce students to academic research and research ethics, and to academic writing.

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Year 3 modules include:

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon

    The module enables students to demonstrate their acquired knowledge and skills through a systematic and creative investigation of a project work in accordance with their course requirements. The topic of investigation will cover a broad spectrum of various analysis and techniques and will lead to a comprehensive and concise academic/industry-related report. Students will be assisted in exploring areas that may be unfamiliar to them and encouraged to develop innovative ideas and techniques. Students will be able to choose a project that may require the solution to a specific problem, creation of an artefact in a real-world environment or an investigation of innovative ideas and techniques related to an area within their field of study. Collaboration with outside agencies and projects with industrial, business or research partners/ sponsors will be encouraged.

    Assessment: Project Report Interim Submission (25%) + Project process (25%) + Project Report Final Submission (40% - Pass on component) + Viva (10% - Pass on component).

    The module aims to develop a wide range of subject specific cognitive abilities and skills relating to intellectual tasks, including practical skills and additional transferable skills of a more general nature and applicable in many other contexts.

    Particularly, the module aims to:

    • Provide an opportunity to learn, through supervised experience, how to plan and carry out a project through a systematic and creative approach;
    • Encourage innovation and originality in approach to investigating a problem in an area that may be unfamiliar to the student;
    • Provide opportunity for in depth study of some specialised area of suitable scale and complexity relevant to their course of study;
    • Raise awareness in potential business development opportunities in connection to the project work undertaken and of any ethical, legal and professional issues;
    • Develop reporting skills as well as the ability to communicate results, conclusions, and the knowledge and rationale underpinning these, to specialists and non-specialist’s audiences, clearly and unambiguously;
    • Encourages reflection upon the relationship of design decisions to the appropriateness of the finished task;
    • Enhance professional and personal development.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

    This module serves as a core module for all maths students to do a one-semester project in the broader sense and as an alternative to the Faculty’s 30 credit Project module. The feature of the module is summarised as follows.
    1. Students will follow their own interest to pursue an individualised study independently under staff supervision.
    2. Students taking this module with the same supervisor may study the same subject but the assessments should be individualised.
    3. The allocation of supervisors to students should be done at the end of year two. Students can take this module in either autumn or spring period.
    The programme of study is very much individualised and there is a variety of format. The following are just two typical examples: (a) Pursue an investigative study on a particular topic, with an assessment of written report plus viva, and (b) A self-negotiated study in any subject area following a printed textbook or online material, assessed by a coursework consisting of a mixture of solutions to exercise questions, a written report, and a viva (oral presentation). In the later case, there must be an “investigative and independent factor” in the study. Any other innovative format is encouraged.

    The module aims to
    1. Provide students with an opportunity to pursue an academic area of interest independently, subject to the availability of an appropriate supervisor, where a taught module is not available.
    2. Develop students’ ability to search the internet and library for useful information.
    3. Enrich students’ experience of self-negotiated study.
    4. Improve students’ employability by enhancing their skills through report writing and reflection on independent learning.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon

    This module builds upon the student's general understanding of database design and implementation from prior learning. It discusses the key issues underpinning database management systems and their development, provides a strong coverage to advanced SQL which helps preparing for professional certification, and introduces some current topics in database technology. In addition, the module contains a substantial practical element utilising advanced SQL and database application development tools (e.g. Oracle SQL developer, Oracle.NET developer), enabling students to gain transferable skills in designing and developing relatively complex ‘real life’ database applications.

    The module will enable students to:-
    • gain in-depth understanding of various key issues pertinent to the management and development of modern database applications.
    • acquire skills in advanced SQL which provides an opportunity for gaining professional certification.
    • be introduced to current developments in database technology thereby raising students’ awareness and understanding of the future trend in database systems development.
    • design and develop relatively complex business database systems and applications using industry-standard database products (e.g. Oracle SQL developer, Oracle.NET developer).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    CU6051 Artificial Intelligence
    Autumn Semester (15 credit only)
    This module provides an introduction to the field of Artificial Intelligence, from its historical context to its current state. Students will research an aspect of AI and work in teams to design an intelligent system and develop a simple prototype.

    The module aims to –
    • to build students’ knowledge and understanding of AI and its range of applications;
    • to enable students to use their skills and knowledge to design a contemporary intelligent system;
    • to develop students’ critical faculties with respect to the ethics and the issues surrounding AI;
    • to build skills in software engineering and prototype development

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon

    The module is an introduction to modern ideas in cryptography. It proves the background to the essential techniques and algorithms of cryptography in widespread use today, as well as the essentials of number theory underlying them.
    The module looks at symmetric cipher systems and their use in classical cryptography as well as public key systems developed to support internet commerce and deliver data security for private individuals.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Thursday morning

    This module is designed to develop understanding, knowledge and skills associated with the various malicious hacking attacks targeting computer systems and the appropriate safeguards needed to minimise such attacks.

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  • The module introduces the students to financial forecasting using modern statistical modelling techniques. Its aim is to prepare the student for work in a quantitative commercial or scientific environment. Students will be developing problem solving skills. For each given problem, the process of dealing with it includes, searching for appropriate data sets, establishing the right statistical/financial techniques to use, fitting appropriate models, critically appraising the models using diagnostic model tools and finally interpreting the models and drawing conclusions.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday morning

    The module introduces a model based approach to the construction of software systems using formal specification languages as a basis for the software development. It will provide students with the knowledge and skills to produce formal specifications from informal descriptions and to implement them using appropriate programming techniques.

    The module aims are to:

    • Introduce model based formal specification languages
    • Provide students with the knowledge and skills to construct formal specifications from informal descriptions
    • Provide understanding of techniques used in the design and implementation of software systems and relating the principles to real world and practical examples
    • Refine formal specifications for implementation and implement them

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The module enables students to undertake an appropriate short period of professional activity, related to their course at level 6, with a business or community organisation and to gain credit for their achievements. The activity can be a professional training, a volunteering activity, employment activity, an activity within the School of Computing and Digital Media Virtual Business Environment (VBE), placement or business start-up activity.
    For the purpose of this module – the VBE will be also be recognised as ‘the employer’.
    It is expected student should work for 150 hours which should be recorded clearly (in a learning log for instance) in the portfolio. The 150 hours can be completed in 25 working days in a FT mode, or spread over a semester in a PT mode.
    Students should register with the module leader to be briefed on the module, undergo induction and Work Based Learning planning and to have the Work Based Learning approved, before they take up the opportunity. It is essential that students are made aware that both the “Work Based Learning agreement” and relevant “health and safety checklist” where applicable need to be approved before starting the learning activity.

    The module aims to provide students with the opportunity to:
    • gain a useful experience of the working environment and the career opportunities available on graduation.
    • undertake a work-based project appropriate to their academic level.
    • enhance and extend their learning experience by applying and building on their academic skills and abilities by tackling real life problems in the workplace.
    • enhance professional and personal development.

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Where this course can take you

This course will prepare you to work in the field of data analytics, data programming, data visualisation, IT data consultation, big data solution designing or data solution development.

This degree award can put you in a position to apply to companies such as Facebook, Mastercard, Amazon, Microsoft or the BBC for roles such as Junior Data Scientist, Data Science Operational Officer or Associate Data Analyst. 

This course is also excellent preparation for further study or research.

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How to apply

If you're a UK applicant wanting to study full-time starting in September, you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified. If you're an international applicant wanting to study full-time, you can choose to apply via UCAS or directly to the University.

If you're applying for part-time study, you should apply directly to the University. If you require a Student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.



When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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