BSc (Hons) Data and Analytical Science

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Studying Data and Analytical Science at ARU Peterborough

Learn to use specialist technologies and processes to extract crucial knowledge and insights from data, with our Data and Analytical Science degree at ARU Peterborough.

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We're the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year. We've also been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a reflection of the outstanding education we offer our students.

Data is arguably the most important commodity of our time. On our Data and Analytical Science course, you'll become adept at using advanced statistical methods and machine learning algorithms to analyse complex, real-world data sets; identifying insights that can drive business strategies, support healthcare outcomes, and even steer political policies.

Our employment-focused course is designed to equip you with the expertise to collect, organise, analyse, and interpret large amounts of data to inform strategic decisions, and prepare you for your first professional role in data and IT.

You’ll spend lots of time in our dedicated computing suite, learning on industry-standard equipment and software on a course that we co-created with employers, so you can be confident that you’ll graduate with the attributes in-demand in the sector.

You won’t only learn from your tutors, but enjoy guest lectures, live briefs, and team projects. Delivering your work in range of formats, including presentations, will help you develop the confidence and communication skills that can give you an edge in your future career.

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Industry-standard labs and equipment

As a Data and Analytical Science student at ARU Peterborough, you’ll use:

  • specialist computing labs
  • industry-standard equipment and software.

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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of our brand-new computer lab facilities
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


With a degree in Data and Analytical Science, you could pursue a career as a data analyst, responsible for identifying patterns and trends that can inform business decisions.

You could also consider a career as a business analyst, working to improve business processes and outcomes through data analysis.

If you're interested in data management, you could pursue a career as a data engineer, responsible for designing and building data systems and infrastructure.

As a data scientist, you would be responsible for using statistical methods and machine learning algorithms to analyse complex data sets and identify insights that can drive strategies.

You could also consider a career in fields such as finance, healthcare, or marketing, where data analysis plays a crucial role.

In finance, for example, you could work as a financial analyst, analysing market trends and financial data to validate investment decisions.

In healthcare, you could work as a health informatics specialist, responsible for managing and analysing patient data. In marketing, you could work as a marketing analyst, analysing consumer data to steer marketing strategies.

These are just a few of the many potential career paths available to data and analytical science graduates. With the increasing importance of data analysis in various industries, a degree in data and analytical science can open up a range of exciting career opportunities.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters. We’re planning a range of postgraduate degrees at ARU Peterborough, and there is a selection of existing courses in Cambridge and Chelmsford.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.

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“Data Science at ARU Peterborough has equipped me with essential skills and knowledge of data analysis, wrangling and machine learning to high industry standards to assist in jump-starting my career.”


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Life in Peterborough

Study in the heart of Peterborough, a historic yet thriving city that's a great home for students. ARU Peterborough is easily accessible by public transport, making it ideal for you to live and study locally.

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Placement year available

You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.

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