Data Science MSci/BSc (Hons) 2020/21 entry

Course code:

BSc - 256A
MSci - 257A

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time
4 years sandwich
5 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250

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Overview

Ninety percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone, rendering traditional data processing applications inadequate and increasing the demand for sophisticated data analysts who can collate, interpret and draw value from complex data sets.

Responding to this trend, our new integrated Master’s course brings together a range of mathematical, statistical and computational techniques, which incorporate probability, predictive analytics and advanced modelling to extract value and make sense of multiple sets and large amounts of data. As an integrated undergraduate and postgraduate course, you can qualify at Master’s Level.

One of the top 15 universities in the country (Guardian University Guide 2020), Coventry has a long tradition of teaching mathematics with a strong emphasis on its applications in practical situations.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

Course information

Businesses and organisations from almost every sector have woken up to the power of data analytics. Used effectively, they can inform decision making within business and finance, predict and dispense medical treatment within the healthcare system and help improve performance in sports or interpret data from smartphone apps.

Throughout your studies, you will have opportunities to participate in a series of skills development sessions to improve your digital literacy, as well as presentation and writing skills, particularly in a mathematical context. We will familiarise you with a range of computational software related to the fields of mathematics and statistics, such as R, SPSS, LaTeX, Excel, Matlab, Python, Maple and Minitab.

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

The first year lays the foundation of the mathematical and computational foundations on which the rest of the course builds, with an introduction to computing, data structures, probability and exploratory data analysis.

Modules

  • Statistics

  • Algebra

  • Calculus

  • Programming and Algorithms

  • Software Design

  • Professional and Academic Skills 1

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

The second year deepens your knowledge in mathematical and computational modules including further algebra, calculus and statistical computing.

Modules

  • Further Algebra and Calculus

  • Statistical Computing

  • Data Science

  • Linear Statistical Models

  • Professional and Academic Skills 2

  • Optional modules

    One from the following:

    • Discrete Mathematics
    • Software Engineering
    • Operational Research Techniques

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Following your second year, you will have an option to apply for a one-year professional work placement or study abroad in a partner institution (which may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, meeting applicable visa requirements and availability).

Modules

  • Professional Training

  • Study Abroad

Overview

In the third year, you should continue to deepen your specialist knowledge and engage in a dissertation project, carrying out in-depth data analysis in a field that interests you. Recent project topics have included modelling of football data, medical data and environmental data, forecasting wine sales and credit risk modelling.

Modules

  • Machine Learning and Related Applications

  • Business Simulation

  • Project

  • Professional and Academic Skills 3

  • Optional modules

    Two from the following:

    • Cryptography and Information Theory
    • Optimisation
    • Advanced Topics in Statistics

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

The MSci offers you in depth knowledge in artificial intelligence that can be applied in data science, for example Machine Learning or Artificial Neural Networks.

Modules

  • Markov Chains

  • Machine Learning

  • Evolutionary and Fuzzy Systems

  • Artificial Neural Networks

  • Intelligent Information Retrieval

  • Big Data Management and Data Visualisation

  • MSci Research Project

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

15th

We are ranked as the 15th best University in the United Kingdom - Guardian University Guide 2020.

In more detail...

  • Strong portfolio of industrial research collaborations with, for example, the National Energy Laboratory, Calham Centre for Fusion Energy and Alcan.
  • Taught by staff conducting cutting-edge research; 86% of our research outputs were deemed world-leading or internationally excellent in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014).
  • Our sister Mathematics and Statistics degree, which shares some of the modules on this new course, has outstanding levels of student satisfaction – 100% overall and 98% for the quality of teaching in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2016.
  • Student exchanges and visiting scholars thanks to close links with the University of Grenoble.

Your main study themes are:

  • Data analysis and retrieval: Provides an insight into how data and information retrieval systems are designed, including database concepts, theory and design with practical use of database and information retrieval tools and techniques.
  • Statistics: You will learn techniques for the collection, analysis, interpretation, presentation, and organisation of different types of complex data. We will cover probability, hypothesis tests, analysis of variance, regression models, design of experiments, a range of advanced topics in statistics and statistical computing.
  • Computing: We aim to give you an understanding of the fundamental concepts of programming by learning and applying syntax, problem solving strategies and theory common to most programming languages. At the same time, we will look at professional practices associated with the industry and key software development concepts, such as testing code, version control, functional decomposition and interacting with non-technical colleagues and clients.
  • Algebra and calculus:You will cover the core mathematical methods with an introduction to abstract algebra, including some number theory. We will examine the theory of real functions and the mathematics underpinning it.

The programme can be studied full-time over three years of study, with the option of extending this to four years by taking a sandwich year in the form of an industrial training placement or study abroad between Year Two and Year Three (which may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, meeting applicable visa requirements and availability).

Throughout the course, great emphasis is placed on practical skills development. Some of your time will be spent on computer laboratory sessions, which may involve the use of mathematical software to solve mathematical problems, and we also run examples classes to review and discuss solutions to exercises.

You will have opportunities to work with staff on real-world problems from industry, commerce and research groups, as you would in professional practice. This means that you can develop professional skills at the same time as you learn the technical content of your degree.

We will encourage you to attend employer presentations organised by the university. We also run our own sessions, which have previously covered government operational research and included some of our past students talking about their job roles and careers.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, coursework, tests, group work and practical work, for example presentations.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion, you will have knowledge of:

  • The logical construction of a mathematical argument.
  • The application of mathematics to construct models and their resolution, with an appreciation of the validity of the model and the use of approximation.
  • The use of a range of analytic and descriptive techniques.
  • The strengths and weaknesses of selected mathematical software and selected programming or scripting languages and their use to extend capabilities.
  • A range of real-world applications of mathematics, statistics and data analytics techniques, some set in an international context.

 

On successful completion, you will be able to:

  • Understand, reproduce and generalise logical mathematical reasoning.
  • Organise and interpret information and results from mathematical models.
  • Analyse problems and construct an appropriate formulation and solution with relatively little guidance or support.
  • Use specialist modern information technology packages and programming language confidently.
  • Use a wide range of information resources to acquire relevant information.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 15-19 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of personal academic tutorial each week; 1 hour of individual project supervision (in year 3) per week.
  • Medium group teaching: 6-12 hours of tutorials, laboratories and studio sessions each week.
  • Large group teaching: 6-12 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week, for example guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

If you have a desire to gain international experience it is possible to spend a year studying abroad.* In the past, students have chosen to study Mathematics in St Marcus University in California, University of Malta, Stockholm University in Sweden, also universities in the Netherlands, Germany and Australia. Courses in all these universities are delivered in English.

We can support you in finding an internship in many countries across the globe and support you in seeking financing for that experience. Past students have gone to work in countries such as Malaysia, Belgium and Spain.

*Study abroad may be subject to additional costs, competitive application, meeting applicable visa requirements and availability.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: EECU001 - BSc - 256A
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC to include Mathematics. Excludes General Studies. Assessed on an individual basis. 29 points to include 4 points in Mathematics at Higher level. 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Mathematics or specified equivalents.

 


 

University Course Code: EECU001 - MSci - 257A
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
ABB to include Mathematics. Excludes General Studies. Assessed on an individual basis. 31 points to include 4 points in Mathematics at Higher level. 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Mathematics or specified equivalents.

A-Levels

A-Level applicants are required to have three
 A2 Levels. Coventry University may include AS grades within an offer for certain courses, but we are not able to accept two AS Levels in place of one A2 Level. In some courses it may be necessary for entrants to have passed specific A2 Levels in nominated subjects. Please see the course pages for more information.

Access Diplomas

The Access to HE Diploma to be assessed on an individual basis.

Coventry University welcomes applicants who have completed, or who are studying, the Access to HE Diploma developed by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA). Successful completion of the course will require you to gain 60 credits with at least 45 to be achieved at Level 3 (with the remainder at Level 2). In some cases we will require you to have gained Merit or Distinction grades in a number of units or in nominated subjects. For more information on the entry requirements for your chosen course please see the relevant course pages.

BTEC Level 3 Diplomas

The University will accept the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma for entry to most courses. In some cases we will require applicants to have studied either certain named modules or a specific named Diploma. The appropriate course page will have full information on the entry requirements. The University also accepts the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma and BTEC Level 3 Diploma for entry to degree programmes, provided that they are studied in combination with other qualifications that provide a total volume of study that is equivalent to three A2 Levels. For example, you could be studying a BTEC Level 3 Diploma plus an A2 Level, or a BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma plus two A2 Levels. Where a specific A2 or BTEC subject is required for entry then you must be offering this as part of your combination of qualifications.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

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Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2020

2020/21 fees TBC*
2019/20 fees - £15,600 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

The following are additional costs not included in the fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

Data analysts have job prospects in areas such as business analysis, risk analysis, energy demand forecasting, health analytics, sports analytics, web analytics, games data analytics, social media analytics and many, many more.

Our suite of Mathematics degrees has an outstanding track record in employability with 93% of BSc (Hons) Mathematics graduates in work or further study after six months (DLHE 2014/15) and 76% of those employed in professional roles.

To improve your employment prospects and gain valuable professional experience, we strongly encourage you to spend a year on industrial training after Year Two. Our faculty’s employability and placements unit EEC Futures, which won the ‘Best Placement Service in the UK’ award at the National Undergraduate Employability Awards in 2015 and 2016, will provide assistance to help you find an appropriate placement.

The university’s careers services can help you in applying for graduate jobs in your final year of study. Recent graduates on similar courses have progressed onto finance graduate schemes or progressed into roles such as customer services analysts, graduate actuaries, information analysts and trainee accountants. Others have used their qualifications to progress into teaching careers, as well as postgraduate study to obtain MSc, MPhil and PhD qualifications.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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University of the year for student experience
QS Five Star Rating 2019
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