Welcome to Stellenbosch University


Bachelor of Data Science (BDatSci)

(Full-time residential programme and not online)

Compulsory information session about focal areas for 1st years: 2 February 2024

Venue: Room 1017 Van der Sterr building, entrance 5

Your time-table for 2024 will only be available on Friday 9 February 2024.

If you are not sure what focal area to study, do not register at all before you attend the information session on 2 February 2024. Wait to be informed - it not, you will add frustration and delays to your registration in 2024 trying to change this.

Please ensure your registration is correct, before you will be able to view time-tables. You should register for only 120 or 128 credits depending on your focal area on the first year. Please go to menu on this website "Focal areas" to see what are the correct modules to register. Print it out and take it Monday (5th) to Admin where you can change your registration. Do not register for any other modules not mentioned in your focal area. Use also the hand-out document (link is also below) to select the flexible focal areas if you are still uncertain. Senior students: only select the modules in your focal area, you have until Thursday (8th FEB) an opportunity to change modules/focal areas. 

Procedure of registration will be explained, as well as the difference between the various focal areas if you are still uncertain. Save all your questions for this meeting. You can still change focal areas before the lectures start on 12 February 2024. 

Use this document to (click here): help you register for the correct modules if you are still uncertain - first years only. Some focal areas are flexible and the modules of the first year are fairly generic. Some other focal areas are not flexible and you should register strictly for those modules. This document will be explained during the information session on 2 February 2024.

​​The fourth industrial revolution has a huge impact on science and technology by influencing it in extraordinary ways. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, statistical learning, deep learning, big data - these are all concepts at the core of a discipline called Data Science.  Work across nearly all domains is becoming more data driven, and this continued transformation of work requires a substantial cadre of talented graduates with highly developed data science skills and knowledge. A qualification in Data Science is therefore highly desirable and will lead to many job opportunities.

Although various faculties have introduced some undergraduate degree programmes with Data Science as a focal area over the last few years, Stellenbosch University (SU) has launched the new undergraduate degree programme in Data Science with a true multi‐disciplinary nature. The BDatSci programme has been on offer at Stellenbosch University since 2021. It is offered on campus, with contact sessions. This is not offered online nor remotely.

Open day: Saturday, 20 April 2024 (presentation slides here​​)