Computing - Liverpool John Moores University

2018 entry

BSc (Hons) Data Science

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: To be confirmed
Full time international tuition fee: To be confirmed
Full-time industrial placement year fee: To be confirmed

We are awaiting confirmation from the UK Government on what the 2018/19 undergraduate tuition fees will be. Fees will be shown here once an announcement has been made.

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 112

UCAS code: GG10

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Three years full time or four years with one year spent on industrial placement

About your course

Data Science is an emerging discipline exploiting the huge volumes of data generated by modern computer systems to extract meaningful knowledge.

The extraction of such knowledge from large volumes of structured or unstructured data employs techniques and theories drawn from many fields within the broad areas of statistics, information theory and computer science.

The emergence and exploitation of big data for competitive advantage in very recent years has both identified and fuelled the need for increasing numbers professional data analysts to fully realise the possibilities of such data. Although the most prominent developers, users and advocates of big data are currently global internet giants such as Google, Amazon, Facebook and the like, these approaches will undoubtedly continue to permeate through every sector of industry, commerce and academia with the advent of, for example health informatics and learning analytics but also such initiatives as smart motorways and “sensor cities”. A number of recent reports highlight the current shortage of “data scientists” required to meet the growing demand for such skills. Estimates indicate that there will be tens of thousands of careers requiring data analysis skills by 2020.

The programme is the result of extensive research both in the department and with industry. The programme will equip students with the necessary theoretical and practical skills to pursue a career as a data scientist in both the computing and wider industry.

Work-related learning

The extraction of such knowledge from large volumes of structured or unstructured data employs techniques and theories drawn from many fields within the broad areas of statistics, information theory and computer science.

​Students are encouraged to undertake a paid 12-month sandwich placement in the third year as this both complements the theory and practice of the course and further improves future employment prospects.

This is a hands-on course with practical modules at every level. Thanks to strong links with over 450 local and national organisations, all of LJMU's computing courses are designed and developed to suit the needs of employers today. Plus these links ensure that we can offer you exciting placement opportunities too. Placements not only give you invaluable experience of the industry, they also allow you to put into practice skills and knowledge you have acquired over the first two years and learn new skills that will give you a professional edge when you come to apply for your first job. Many of our placement students return to their placement providing companies for full-time employment on graduation.

Currently we have close ties with many companies developing innovative data intensive computing solutions for the twenty-first century such as the BBC, Warner Brothers, Microsoft, Barclays Bank and Eli Lilly Pharmaceuticals among many others.

Support and guidance

From the moment you enrol at LJMU, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will work with you on setting targets for yourself as part of your personal development plan, and provide one-to-one support on course-related or other matters. Should you choose to undertake a year’s work placement, this support will continue as a supervisor will stay in close contact and visit you two or three times at your workplace.

Course details

This BSc Honours course will prepare you to be a computing professional ready to work and succeed in this challenging and exciting industry.

The Data Science programme incorporates a number of distinct themes embedded in a solid framework of professional computing development. Major themes include; computer systems development, database design, development, warehousing and management, including advanced and distributed databases. Data Analytic aspects cover data discovery, cleansing, mining and visualisation. Advanced topics in big data, machine learning and predictive analytics are also covered.

The topics typically covered in this course include:

  • Computer programming in Java
  • Fundamentals of data science
  • Database Development
  • Data Warehousing, mining and visualisation
  • Statistical modelling
  • Big data, tools analysis and machine learning
  • Advanced and distributed databases
  • Advanced analytics

On this course you will have direct access to experts in the field as well as state-of-the-art facilities at the University.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

  • Modules to introduce and develop effective computer programming skills to solve data science problems
  • Learn the basics of how computers operate and how they can be grouped to form networks of ever-increasing size until we have the internet
  • Learn how to use internet technologies to build effective web sites
  • Learn the basics of database development 
  • Gain the fundamental knowledge needed to practice and apply data science techniques to everyday problems 
  • Lay the foundations of a successful professional career development path

Many of the themes introduced at level 4 continue to be developed throughout the remainder of the programme

Level 5

  • A key theme in the Data Science programme concerns interactions with many types and forms of databases. Acquire database design, development and management knowledge and expertise
  • Leverage this database experience to encompass data warehousing and database mining techniques as key data science skills
  • Study statistical modelling as a basis for further exploration and application of data science and analytics topics
  • Develop skills, knowledge and expertise in the effective presentation of data analytical exercises through data visualisation
  • Develop research skills to enable innovative and effective applications of data science techniques and approaches and in preparation for the final year project
  • Enhance career development by embedding a growing expertise in data science in a framework of industry standard professionalism

Sandwich degree students will undertake an appropriate year-long industrial placement

Level 6

  • Develop expertise in advanced analysis of data applying machine learning techniques to data sets
  • Build on previous expertise in database s by exploring cutting edge developments in advanced and distributed databases
  • Explore and analyse “Big Data”
  • Apply data analytical expertise to effectively manage web and e-commerce enterprises
  • Undertake a large individual project in the data science area of your choice

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

​You will begin the course with a 5-day induction and then spend between 15 to 18 hours per week in the classroom. Independent study is a fundamental element of the course and accounts for around 70% of your weekly study time.

Teaching is mostly via lectures with more informal lab sessions and small-group tutorials to reinforce ideas discussed in the lectures and to give you a chance to develop ideas with staff and other students. In addition to formal lectures and workshop sessions, there are also regular seminars delivered by external speakers and visiting lecturers.

Your lecturers

We are proud of our academic staff’s high quality teaching standards and approachability. Informal staff-student relationships are excellent. If you decide to study with the School, you will be joining a relaxed and friendly department in which staff are committed not only to their students’ welfare but also to ensuring that courses are continually developed to meet the needs of employers

Assessment and feedback

You will be assessed by a combination of coursework and exams plus an independent final year project which contributes substantially to your final mark. Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications

112

Application and selection

​We are looking for students who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess. We want students with the ability to: be creative with ideas and concepts, moderate their creativity with logic, be enthusiastic and thirsty for knowledge, communicate effectively and confidently and understand and adapt to a wide range of issues connected with the subject. It is also important that students are able to manage time and tasks effectively as an individual and as part of a team, use appropriate sources to find and organise information and select and critically evaluate information in order to analyse problems.


If you would like to develop these skills further, have a strong interest in this subject area and want to work effectively within it, then this is the course for you!  International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.

GCSE and equivalents

  • Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: •Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: BBC
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: DMM if studied on its own or to the total of 112 UCAS points if combined with other qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: Access programme must have been taken be in a relevant subject area, minimum of 24 Distinctions and 12 Merits required

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 26 IB Diploma Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects
Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)

IELTS

6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Yes

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2017 LJMU charged a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935 per year for its part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.**

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

*Based on 2017 entry.

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).*

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

Currently, demand for data science services appears to significantly outstrip provision in the U.K. with some 1352 vacancies for “Data Scientists” currently being advertised in London alone with companies and organisations such as the Financial Times, the Government Statistical Services, McLaren Applied Technologies, Bloomberg and Yell to name but a few. Salaries offered range between £25,000 to £70,000 per annum depending on experience etc. The department also has links with companies in this area through our Industrial Liaison Unit, who are responsible for the placement of undergraduate students for year-long placements in industry. Returning students report being involved in a number of “big data” projects and recent enquiries have been received from gaming companies looking for data analytical skills.

Students may also choose the more general option of graduate trainee programmes offered by large companies. Finally students may continue with their studies and progress to MSc, MPhil or PhD level. Many major recruiters are aware of the quality of computing graduates from LJMU and actively seek to employ our graduating students.

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

For details on application processes and eligibility criteria, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/scholarships

International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes

LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international  students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.


Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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