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Data Science and Business Analytics

BSc

Developed by academics at LSE, this degree will provide you with essential training in probability, statistics, mathematics and computing tools for the visualisation and analysis of large datasets.

This skills-rich degree will provide you with the necessary training for employment in numerous fields as a data scientist, analyst, or similar, requiring a critical and independent mind.

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Studying this course, you will understand:

  • Methodologies to handle complex mathematical and statistical models in order to tackle real-world commercial or public policy problems in various disciplines.
  • A variety of statistical software packages to conduct data analysis and draw conclusions and actionable insights from computer output.
  • Applications of data science in finance, economics, business, marketing and beyond.

Course details

You must complete 12 courses to complete the BSc.

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Application deadline 30 October 2018
Registration deadline 30 November 2018
ExaminationsMay and June

Study materials

We will send you study materials developed by academics appointed by LSE. These include a Programme Handbook of practical information (such as how to enter exams); a Subject Guide for each course; and past exam papers and commentaries, which give you valuable tips for performing well in exams.

Online support

When you register, we will give you access to your Student Portal. You can then access your University of London email account and two other key resources:

  • The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Here, you can access electronic copies of all printed study materials, resources including audio-visual and revision guides, and forums to discuss course material and work collaboratively with others.
  • The Online Library holds thousands of journal articles which you can access free of charge. A dedicated helpdesk is available if you have any difficulties in finding what you need.

Assessment

Each course is assessed by an unseen written exam, which is usually held in May or June. Some courses also require you to submit coursework.

You can sit your exams at any approved centre around the world. These centres charge a fee for hosting the exams.

Your exam is set and assessed by academics at LSE, ensuring that your degree is of the same standard as those studying on-campus in London.

More about exams.

What qualifications will you need?

For access to the BSc Data Science and Business Analytics degree, you will usually meet the following criteria:

  • Age 17+ by 30 November in the year of registration
  • Satisfy our General Entrance Requirements
  • Mathematics to UK GCE A Level (Grade A - E) or equivalent.

Even if you don’t meet the standard requirements, we will consider each application on its own merits. Our Admissions Panel will consider whether any alternative/incomplete qualifications or work experience you have are suitable for entry to the programme.

I don’t meet the entry requirements. What can I do?

English Language requirements

You need to demonstrate a good level of English to be admitted to our programmes. We accept a range of evidence, including proficiency test scores. If you don’t have evidence but believe you can meet the standard, we may consider your case.

Do I meet the language requirements?

Computer requirements

We set minimum basic computer requirements because your study resources are accessed via the Student Portal and it is vital that you can access this regularly. For this degree, you will also need Adobe Flash Player to view video material and a media player (such as VLC) to play video files.

More about computer requirements.

Can I transfer credits from other awards?

If you have studied material as part of a previous qualification that is comparable in content and standard, you might be exempted from the equivalent course for the University of London degree. This is known as Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL), Credit Transfer or Exemption. You can receive accreditation for up to four full 100 courses on the Standard Entry Route of the degree only.

More about Accreditation of Prior Learning

The fees below relate to new students registering for the 2018-2019 session. These may be increased by up to 7% per year.

Academic year

2018-2019

Application fee (non-refundable)

£ 92

Initial registration fee

£ 935

Examination entry fee (per full course)

£ 282

Examination entry fee (per half course)

£141

Continuing registration fee

£ 427

Indicative total: BSc Standard Route£ 5,601

Other fees (as applicable)

 

Additional registration fee for students taking law courses (per course)

£ 55

Application fee for Accreditation of Prior Learning (per full course)

£ 98

Application fee for Accreditation of Prior Learning (per half course)

£49

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The indicative totals reflect average annual fee increases and assume that you complete the qualification within the minimum time – without resits, and with no law courses (which require additional fees).

Additional Costs

You may also need to budget for:

  • Textbooks (could extend to around £300 per year)
  • Tuition costs (if you choose to study at a local teaching centre)
  • Exam centre fees, which are paid directly to the venues where you sit your exams.

We accept most traditional payment methods, including debit/credit card, international money order, and Western Union.

How to pay your fees

As the world becomes ever more data-driven, analytical skills are in high demand but very short supply. Few companies are exploiting quantitative techniques to their full potential, often due to a lack of in-house expertise.

By pursuing undergraduate level study in data science and business analytics, graduates will be highly sought-after by employers as the race to gain a competitive edge in the data arena intensifies. From asset management to pharmaceuticals, retail to insurance, the future is bright for any aspiring data scientist.

What do employers think of our graduates?

In some countries, qualifications earned by distance and flexible learning may not be recognised by certain authorities or regulators for the purposes of public sector employment or further study. We advise you to explore the local recognition status before you register, even if you plan to receive support from a local teaching institution.

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) provides academic direction for this programme. LSE is regarded as an international centre of academic excellence and innovation in the social sciences.

Academic co-ordinator

Professor Irini Moustaki is Professor in Social Statistics at the Department of Statistics at LSE. Professor Moustaki’s research focusses on the development of methodology and applications in the areas of education, psychology, behavioural sciences, cross-national studies, and epidemiological studies related to rare diseases.

Without the cost of moving to London, studying for your University of London degree anywhere in the world represents excellent value for money. However, there are additional sources of support depending on where you live and how you choose to study.

UK-based students may be entitled to an undergraduate Student Loan or to apply for the Sir John Cass Scholarship. Equally, some of our local teaching centres around the world offer discounts or scholarships for the face-to-face tuition they offer. (Check with your local centre for details.)

The University of London also offers some awards based on performance. If you are among the top five performing students in the first year of a degree led by LSE, you receive an Academic Achievement Award.

More on funding your study.

About the LSE Summer School

LSE’s Summer School is the most well-established and the largest of its kind in the whole of Europe, with over 80 academically rigorous courses on offer. Each year over 6,000 students from 120 nations study at the LSE campus in the heart of Central London.

Courses are taught by LSE faculty and complement the content of this degree. If you complete two Summer School courses you may be able to claim Accreditation of Prior Learning equivalent to one course on the degree. As a student on this programme you will receive a 15% discount on tuition fees to attend the LSE Summer School.

More about the LSE summer school.