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BSc (Hons) Statistical Data Science

Offered by: Heriot-Watt University Malaysia
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Exam BodyHeriot-Watt University, UK
Course Duration3 years
Part Time/Full TimeFull Time
Fees (International Student)49,920
CampusHeriot-Watt University, UK
FacultySchool of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Conducted entirely in MalaysiaYes
Awarding CountryUnited Kingdom
Level of StudyBachelor's Degree Level
Field of StudyMathematics & Statistics

Our programme is accredited by the Royal Statistical Society. It is possible for students who have completed the programme to apply for some exemptions from the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries professional examinations.

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Course Description

The applications of statistical data science range from economics and medicine, to social and environmental sciences. Our BSc in Statistical Data Science provides a blend of both theoretical and applied elements of modern statistics, and aims to give students the training in modelling, analysing and interpreting real data that is required in the economy, industry and research. The first year of the programme cover basic mathematics, probability and statistics. The final two years focus on specialist topics of statistical modelling and advanced courses in mathematics and data science. A variety of statistical computer packages are used.


Course content

Year 1

Descriptive Statistics; Introduction to University Mathematics; Calculus; Statistical Science, Professional Development Planning and options from a wide choice, including economics and finance subjects.

  • Mandatory September

  • Calculus A
  • Topics in Statistical Practice
  • Optional September

  • Introductory Economics
  • Introduction to University Mathematics
  • Mandatory January

  • Calculus B
  • Elements of Probability
  • Optional January

  • Finance and Financial Reporting
  • Professional Development Planning
  • Optional September

Year 2

Mandatory September

  • Multivariable Calculus and Real Analysis A
  • Linear Algebra
  • Actuarial and Financial Mathematics A
  • Algorithmic and Scientific Programming
  • Probability and Statistics A

Mandatory January

  • Multivariable Calculus and Real Analysis B
  • Actuarial and Financial Mathematics B
  • Probability and Statistics B

Optional January

  • Finance and Financial Reporting
  • Database Management Systems

Year 3

  • Mandatory September

  • Statistical Models A
  • Further Statistical Methods
  • Stochastic Processes
  • Optional September

  • Portfolio Theory and Asset Models
  • Introduction to Interaction Design
  • Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent Agents
  • Mandatory January

  • Bayesian Inference & Computational Methods
  • Statistical Models B
  • Survival Models
  • Optional January

  • Data Science Life Cycle
  • Ordinary Differential Equations
  • Database Management Systems
  • Derivative Markets and Discrete Time Finance

Year 4

Mandatory September

  • Optimisation
  • Statistical Machine Learning
  • Statistics Dissertation A

Optional September

  • Data Assimilation
  • Continuous-Time Finance
  • Statistical Computing

Mandatory January

  • Statistics Dissertation B
  • Time Series

Optional January

  • Risk Theory
  • Statistics Special Topic
  • Risk Management: Techniques and Tools
  • Advanced Machine Learning
  • Big Data Management
Entry Requirements
  • A-Level / STPM: ABB including A in Mathematics
  • UEC: 8 points including A1 in Mathematics and Advanced Mathematics, A2 in English (5 subjects not less than B grade)
  • ATAR (WACE/SACE): WACE : 90 including 80% in Mathematics Method / Specialist | SACE :  90% including 17 in Mathematics Method / Specialist
  • Canada Year 12 High School Diploma: CPU is not acceptable
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 points with 6 in HL AA Mathematics (HL Analysis and Approaches Mathematics)
  • Matriculation/Foundation: CGPA 3.5 (further assessment is required)
  • Diploma: Diploma with CGPA 3.5 (further assessment is required)
  • Foundation in Business / Foundation in Science (from Heriot-Watt University Malaysia): Grade C average including A in Mathematics and C in English
  • SMA 3 (Indonesia): 8.0 including 8.0 in Mathematics
  • Year 12 State Board High School Examination (India): 75% including 80% in Mathematics
  • Senior High School Graduation Certificate (China): 80% including 80% in Mathematics


We strongly urge all prospective students to submit their applications. Our students comprise of individuals with a wide array of qualifications. The most comprehensive way for us to assess eligibility is by receiving a completed application comprising of academic qualification.  

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

If you do not have IELTS 6.0, we offer a Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSEP) prior to commencing your studies.

Intake Months

September, January

Career Prospects

Due to the near-universal relevance of statistical modelling, career opportunities exist for suitably qualified statisticians in a wide variety of areas, notably, business, insurance, financial consulting, market research, government agencies, the pharmaceutical industry and scientific research in areas such as environmental science.

All fees are in RM (Ringgit Malaysia) currency unless stated otherwise.

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