Data generated by humans and machines is transforming our society, economics and politics, to the extent that The Economist recently labelled big data “The world’s most valuable resource”. The ability to garner meaningful insights, knowledge and intelligence from complex data has never been more important.
Informed by industry needs, the BSc (Hons) Data Science degree will enable you to understand, apply and critically evaluate data science and artificial intelligence principles. The degree will equip you with the in-demand skills to design and utilise data science systems and use industry standard tools and techniques to address real world problems.
A wide range of industry and government organisations have worked closely in developing the programme, creating challenging scenarios and assessments based on real-life cases for the students’ learning environment. Preparing you to meet industry needs, the curriculum covers Blockchain technology – a first of its kind in Wales.
You will have the option to explore work experience opportunities, and widen your international perspective through student exchanges and internships with a number of European and international partners.
If you have an analytical mindset, like to think and work outside the box, and enjoy exploring and analysing data to solve practical problems, then this is the programme for you.
Foundation Year (Year 0):
This programme can incorporate a Foundation Year, which is intended for students wishing to enrol onto the three-year honours degree, who fall into one of the following categories:
1. Students who have not achieved the required A-Level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.
Further information about the Foundation Year can be found by
The degree programme is comprised of a number of compulsory modules, with a range of options in the final year to develop your specific interests and expertise.
Students also have the option to complete a year-long placement in industry between Years 2 and 3.
All modules are 20 credits, unless specified.
- Computational Thinking
- Architectures & Operating Systems
- Principles of Programming
- Developing Quality Software & Systems I
- Technology and Society
- Building for the Web
- Data and Knowledge Management
- Data Analysis
- Blockchain Fundamentals
- Data Visualisation & Storytelling
- Developing Quality Software & Systems II
- Research and Professional Skills
- Computer Science Dissertation Project (40 credits)
- Professional & Ethical Issues in IT
- Data Visualisation Grammar and Idioms
- Analytics & Business Intelligence
Optional modules (select one):
- Industrial Work Experience (Placement)
- Computational Intelligence
- Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation
Learning & Teaching
A student-centred approach to learning and teaching is encouraged through the use of a broad range of teaching strategies, such as technical labs and individual and group projects. This is further enhanced by real world case studies and guest talks from industry experts, and supported by Teams and Moodle, our virtual learning environments.
Due to the nature of the programme, online and campus-based practical workshops are key to developing students’ technical understanding and abilities, underpinned by solid theoretical foundations. Students are expected to further develop their knowledge and understanding through directed self-study and independent learning time - in additional to the timetabled delivery - so as to develop a professional portfolio of project work and software artefacts as they move into graduate employment.
Students are supported academically and pastorally by the Programme Team, led by the Programme Director. Each student is also appointed a Personal Tutor from within the School, who provides a point of contact for general academic and pastoral issues. Students are also supported by Student Coaches; the Student Coach role is for current 2nd, 3rd year and Master’s students who provide peer support in Modules.
The assessment strategy for the programme varies to ensure the most appropriate method for each specific module and subject area. Modules are assessed through a combination of methods, such as formal examinations, practical programming assignments, written assignments, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, peer assessments and case studies.
Employability & Careers
The course will equip graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to understand, apply and critically evaluate underlying Data Science principles. In addition, graduates will also be equipped with the skills to design and utilise Data Science systems and use industry standard tools and techniques in their implementation.
Real world experience can be obtained as part of your studies by completing an optional sandwidch year placement / industrial internship. Over the past few years, our students have been successful in obtaining placements in nationally competitive schemes with Microsoft, HP, General Electric and the Met Office.
Graduates will be ably equipped to pursue a highly lucrative career in a number of sectors. According to Glassdoor.co.uk, Data Scientist is the 7th best job with a median base salary of £46,000 and an excess of 2000 job opportunities across the UK (data as of October 2019).
On successful completion of this degree programme, there are also further taught postgraduate study options across computing and information systems here at Cardiff Met, as well as research and PhD programmes.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants will preferably have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) and 32 UCAS Tariff Points from at least 1 A level (or equivalent).
Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually on the basis of their prior learning or working background.
Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 96 points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent).
Typical offers may include:
96 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma considered as the third subject
RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM
96 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
96 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4
96 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma
*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE
Mathematics – Numeracy.
We are delighted to receive applications from students who have studied Computer Science at GCSE or A-Level (often called Computing by the main examination boards) and we will give due consideration to them. Currently, only a minority of students have had a chance to study Computer Science (especially at GCSE), so do not worry if you have not had the opportunity.
If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements.
Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking
Applicants holding an Edexcel Higher Award (HNC/HND) with a significant Computing or Information Technology content may be able to complete the course within one or two years. It is possible to top-up from an ordinary to an honours degree if you have a Cardiff Met awarded degree. Please contact Admissions if you wish to enter via these routes.
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the
International pages on the website.
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.
How to Apply:
Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at
www.ucas.com. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at
If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the
RPL page. Please contact
Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.
A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found