Statistics and Actuarial Science
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Undergraduate programme in Data Science

Here you can find information regarding the undergraduate Mathematical Statistics programme offered in the department.

See the Faculty Calendar (Yearbook) here for a more detailed description of the various modules. 

BCom (Mathematical Sciences)

Focal area: DATA SCIENCE [new focal area]

Data Science is an interdisciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms and systems to extract knowledge and insights from data in various forms, both structured and unstructured. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data - these concepts are at the core of data science. With the deluge of data, comes the increasing need for people to make sense of the data. Studies have shown that statistical analysis and data acumen are some of the top skills in demand globally at the moment, and that demand far outstrips supply.

First Year (136 credits)

​​Compulsory Modules
​Actuarial Science ​112(8)
​Probability Theory and Statistics ​144(16)
​Mathematics​114(16), 144(16)

​Computer Science  ​114(16), 144(16)
​Economics​114(12), 144(12)
​Financial Accounting​188(24)

Second Year (124 credits)

​​Compulsory Modules
Mathematical Statistics​214(16), 245(8),246(8)
​Mathematics​214(16), 244(16)
Computer Science214(16), 244(16)
Operations Research244(16)
​Business Management

Third Year (134 credits)

​​Compulsory Modules
Mathematical Statistics312(16), 316(16), 344(16), 364(16)
​Business Management
​Plus one subject (all modules per subject):
​Computer Science314(16) or 315(16), 334(16), 344(16), 354(16)
​Operations Research​314(16), 324(16), 344(16), 354(16)