- An interdisciplinary degree designed in partnership with industry and combining traditional mathematical techniques with exciting contemporary applications in the field of data science
- Allows you to use mathematics to develop a deeper understanding of the processes behind data manipulation
- Become expert at handling large and complex datasets and understand the statistical considerations which can affect results, such as bias and uncertainty
- Study topics such as machine learning, artificial intelligence, statistical modelling and programming
- Research projects in each academic year will allow you to develop project management skills in your area of interest, using real world datasets and guided by an academic supervisor
8th in the Russell Group for Mathematics
The Guardian University League Table 2020
6th in the UK for Computer Science
The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
Study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and China
Partner to the Alan Turing Institute and home to Exeter’s Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
|Qualification||Required grades||Required subjects|
|A-Level||AAA-AAB||GCE AL Maths grade A Candidates may offer GCE AL Maths, Pure Maths or Further Maths.|
|IB||36/666-34/665||IB Maths HL6|
|BTEC||DDD||Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require GCE AL Maths grade A|
|GCSE||C or 4||English Language|
Specific requirements must still be achieved, therefore where a grade A is required, offers will be ABC or ACC. Find out more about contextual offers.
|Other UK, EU and International equivalences|
NB General Studies is not included in any offer.
International Foundation programmes
Preparation for entry to Year 1 of an undergraduate degree:
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
First year modules introduce you to the fundamental technical and professional skills needed to understand and engage with machine learning, artificial intelligence and data science. You will learn core knowledge and practical skills relating to data structures and algorithms that are commonly applied in this topic area.
Second year compulsory modules further develop your knowledge of computational intelligence, data science in society and software development, giving you a broader skill set to continue on to your final year.
In your final year you’ll choose from advanced modules in a wide range of topics. Industry-linked projects also take place and work placement opportunities are recommended. This variety of learning gives you practical experience and the confidence to conduct individual research, applying your expertise to solve real mathematical problems and find computing solutions.
I chose Data Science because I didn’t want to just focus on coding. Exeter is one of the only universities with a course that lets me combine my interests and passion in all areas, such as statistics and machine learning.
Already during my first two months I’ve touched upon mathematics and the basics of programming. It’s really exciting and will open doors to a huge range of careers.
Natalie (not pictured)
Studying BSc Mathematics and Data Science at the University of Exeter
Tuition fees for 2021 entry
UK students: £9,250 per year
International students: £21,450 per year
The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.
Learning and teaching
All our degrees involve a combination of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, examples classes, workshops and tutorials. Most modules in mathematics involve three one-hour lectures per week, so you typically have 12 lectures per week. In the first year there are tutorial classes for each module every fortnight, except for modules involving computing or project work. Thus in the first year you would typically have around 16 contact hours per week. In the first term, the ‘Foundations’ module helps you with the transition from A level to university mathematics.
Private study and support
In addition to lectures and seminars, you should spend about 20 hours per week in private study. Working through examples and solving problems is a vital part of learning mathematics, and we advise you attempt all coursework problems, whether formally assessed or not. You will be allocated a personal tutor who will be happy to advise or put you in touch with support services and you are encouraged to discuss mathematical problems or questions with tutors and lecturers who advertise regular office hours. Extra support is available, for example through lunchtime mathematics surgeries or our peer mentor scheme, and we have an active student-staff liaison committee.
Project and computer work
There are modules at all levels that involve project work and report writing, and the final year project is a major piece of research and writing that allows you to go into depth for a specific area under the guidance of a member of academic staff. You can choose from wide range of possible project topics each year, or negotiate a topic/title with a member of academic staff. Several of the modules develop skills to use a range of modern computer tools for working with data, programming or symbolic algebra as well as typesetting and presentation.
Once you have mastered the foundations, our mathematics programmes offer in later years a wide range of options within the programme. In addition to the named degrees with study abroad, professional experience and year in industry, you can take optional (called elective) modules from all over the university in years 2 and 3. These options are subject to your availability, having the appropriate background (pre-requisites) and certain programme constraints.
A research and practice led culture
You will benefit from teaching by academic staff comprising internationally-recognised mathematicians, scientists and practitioners active across a wide range of topics in pure and applied mathematics, statistics and applications. As you progress through your degree, you will hear about the latest mathematical research and have opportunities (for example, the independent research project) to become actively involved in a research project yourself.
Assessment for all degrees is through a combination of examinations and coursework. Examinations are the more important part of the process, but the coursework helps you to work steadily throughout your degree. This is particularly important in Mathematics where the subject matter develops logically as the degree progresses. Written examinations for mathematics modules are held in January and May/June of the first and second years and in May/June of each subsequent year. Some modules have tests, essays, presentations and/or project reports that contribute to the assessment.
Your curriculum has been developed with partners, including IBM, the Met Office, South West Water, Black Swan and Oxygen House. Throughout your studies you will conduct individual and group projects using real world data sets. Modules will use current industry methods, platforms, software and data, to ensure that they are fully reflective of workplace practice.
We’ve designed our degrees with employability firmly in mind. As well as hard skills such as programming and data analysis, you’ll develop important work place skills such as communication, presentation and teamwork.
There is an established strong market demand for suitably skilled data scientists and data science skills are increasingly being sought across many sectors, particularly by the finance and accounting industries, supermarkets, online retailers such as Amazon and the NHS.
You’ll be able to meet with local and national employers who regularly visit the university to engage with students, hosting mock interviews, CV workshops, drop-ins and lectures. This is a great opportunity for you to find out more about the day to day activities of their business and recruitment opportunities. Our Careers Service also host a wealth of employer activity, such as Careers Fairs, so you’ll never be short of chances to network with potential employers.
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