Data Science MSci/BSc (Hons) 2021/22 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 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250

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Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
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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 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

EECU042 (Bsc)
EECU043 (MSci)

Study options:

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

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £14,500

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

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 graduate 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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses.

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

Our Facilities

Mathematics Laboratory

Mathematics Laboratory

Set out like a traditional classroom with a large white-board. It is the only teaching room in the engineering and computing building laid out in this way, designed to suit the teaching style required for this subject.

Sigma Centre

Sigma Centre

An award-winning Mathematics Support Centre which provides a wide range of learning resources in mathematics and statistics. Students can make use of drop-in sessions or one-to-one appointments.

Informal Study Areas

Informal Study Areas

Informal computer access to all the specialist software required for their students during their. There are bookable spaces where students can meet with academics or work in small groups.

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).

If you wish to undertake the optional study abroad/placement year, you will take either the Placement Year module or the Study Abroad Year module which both typically run for a full academic year between years 2 and 3 of your course. You are normally able to progress onto the relevant module if you have successfully completed the first two years of the course (i.e. having accumulated 240 credits) and have a confirmed opportunity two weeks prior to the start of the academic year, however we encourage international students to confirm their placements earlier to ensure they are able to meet any applicable visa requirements.

Students opting for either the work placement or study abroad will take an academic module in which they reflect on their experiences. The module appears on a student’s transcript as a zero credit module. They will be supported by the university’s Talent Team throughout the process and will be allocated a tutor who will keep in touch. No tuition fees apply to the placement or study abroad year.

Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

Modules

  • Professional Placement

  • 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. Before accepting any offers, please check the website for the most up to date course content.

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).
  • Student exchanges and visiting scholars thanks to close links with the University of Grenoble.*

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

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 have the opportunity to 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 allows you to study full-time over three years to achieve the bachelor’s level, providing successful completion, or four years if you wish to progress to the master’s level in October of the academic year. With the work placement or study abroad option*, you will study full-time over four years to achieve the bachelor’s level, providing successful completion, or five years if you wish to progress to the master’s level.

You have the option of extending your studies by taking a sandwich year in the form of a professional work placement or study abroad between Years 2 and 3*. If you choose the professional work placement, this will take the form of a full year placement.

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 have the opportunity to 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.

* Please note that we are unable to guarantee any trip, internship, placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

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

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.

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.

Actual teaching contact hours will vary depending on the level of study and the requirements of a particular semester. In a typical week your class time will be divided amongst personal tutorials and small group teaching; medium group teaching (e.g. seminars, tutorial sessions, lab sessions and workshops); and large group teaching (lectures).

In addition, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study each week, depending on the demands of individual modules. The number of hours of class time will vary from year to year: it’s likely to be around 18 hours contact per week in the first year (around six hours per week per module) dropping to around 12 (around four hours per week per module) in final year as you become a more independent learner.

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.

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

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 2018/19, we were able to provide a total of 5,469 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 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016


12

global programmes

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

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: EECU042 - BSc - 256A
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBB-BBC to include Mathematics at grade B or above. Excludes General Studies. Assessed on an individual basis. 29 points to include 5 points in Mathematics at Higher Level. Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 including English and Mathematics, or specified equivalents.

 


 

University Course Code: EECU043 - MSci - 257A
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
ABB to include Mathematics at grade B or above. Excludes General Studies. Assessed on an individual basis. 31 points to include 5 points in Mathematics at Higher Level. Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 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.

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Fee


September 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 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 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £14,500 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

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:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

This course may incur additional costs associated with any equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

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.

To improve your employment prospects and gain valuable professional experience, we strongly encourage you to spend a year on industrial placement after Year 2*. The university’s talent Team will provide assistance to help you find an appropriate placement.

The Talent Team can also 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 Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

*Please note that we are unable to guarantee any placement or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (e.g. travel, visas and accommodation etc.), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the requirements in this regard, please contact the International Office for further details if you are an EU or International student.

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 2020/21 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 tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.