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Data Science - BSc (Hons) Degree

Entry Year

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.

This programme will undergo periodic review in 2022/23. As such, course content shown below may change to ensure the programme remains current. Any applicants will be informed of any changes once confirmed.

Course Content

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 clicking here.


Degree

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.


Year 1:

  • Computational Thinking
  • Architectures & Operating Systems
  • Principles of Programming
  • Developing Quality Software & Systems I
  • Technology and Society
  • Building for the Web

Year 2:

  • Data and Knowledge Management
  • Data Analysis
  • Blockchain Fundamentals
  • Data Visualisation & Storytelling
  • Developing Quality Software & Systems II
  • Research and Professional Skills

Year 3:

  • 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.

Assessment

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

Typical Offers

  • Tariff points: 104-112
  • Contextual offer: See our contextual offers page.
  • GCSE: Five GCSEs at Grade C / 4 or above to include English Language / Welsh First Language, Mathematics / Mathematics – Numeracy.
  • English Language Requirement: Academic IELTS 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in all elements, or equivalent.
  • A level subjects: Minimum three A levels to include Grades CCC. No specific subjects required. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as a third subject.
  • BTEC National / Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM
  • T Level: Merit. No specific subjects required.
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 2 x H5. No specific subjects required.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 2 x H2 grades. No specific subjects required. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4.
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: Grades DD. No specific subjects required. Scottish Highers are also considered, either on their own or in combination with Advanced Highers.

If you do not meet the above entry requirement, we also offer a Foundation Programme which allows progression to Year 1.

Combinations of the above qualifications are accepted if they meet our minimum requirements. If your qualifications aren’t listed, please contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search.

Further information on Overseas qualifications can be found here.

If you are a mature applicant, have relevant experience or RPL that you would like us to consider, please contact Admissions.


How to Apply

Further information on how to apply can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk or tweet us @CMetAdmissions.

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Director, Dr Imtiaz Khan: 
Email: ikhan@cardiffmet.ac.uk 
Tel: 029 2041 6253


We endeavour to deliver courses as described and will not normally make changes to courses, such as course title, content, delivery, and teaching provision. However, it may be necessary for the university to make changes in the course provision before or after enrolment. It reserves the right to make variations to content or delivery methods, including discontinuation or merging courses if such action is considered necessary. Please read our Terms and Conditions for the full information.

Key Course Information

UCAS Code: G500
Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.


Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

School:
Cardiff School of Technologies

Course Length: Three years full-time. Four years full-time if undertaking foundation year or year-long sandwich placement. Five years full-time if undertaking foundation year and year-long sandwich placement.

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