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Data science degree

Kickstart your data-driven future with a graduate degree in data science

Careers
Published 31 May, 2021  ·  5 minute read

We live in a data-driven world.

Thanks to greater computing power and rapid technology advances, information is being generated faster than even before. And while this brings many benefits to society, it also comes with challenges.

For example, managing and analysing all the data at our fingertips is a complex job. There’s an urgent need for people who can understand raw data and translate it into meaningful insights. In fact, doing so is the key to:

  • addressing global challenges
  • making scientific breakthroughs
  • discovering opportunities and ideas that can shape our world’s future.

This is why completing a postgraduate data science degree could lead you to a rich and rewarding career. So, if you’re looking to complete a graduate degree in data science, the question isn’t “will it be worth it?”. The question is “which specific degree should I do?”.

Choose your own data adventure

Data degree options

Whether you’re looking to change your career path or further sharpen your expertise, The University of Queensland offers a range of data science postgraduate courses via 5 key master’s programs. You can tailor your studies based on your interests, your career ambitions and the skills you wish to acquire.

Get to know our data programs below to discover how you can unlock the power and potential of big data. Your studies will prepare you to tackle some of the biggest issues facing public health, agriculture, conservation, urban planning, business and beyond.

Graduate degrees in data science at UQ

The data science degrees you can complete at UQ include:

Master of Quantitative Biology

The ways we can use biological information is growing exponentially. So too is the demand for skilled scientists who can combine maths, stats and biology to make sense of this data.

UQ’s Master of Quantitative Biology is the first program of its kind in Australia. You’ll learn from active researchers using big data to address challenges in diverse fields – from conservation and agribusiness to human health and personalised medicine.

Our holistic approach to information science means you’ll gain expertise in reproducible research, open science, version control, data management and science communication. You’ll also use real biological datasets to develop crucial skills such as:

  • basic syntax
  • data import, export and manipulation
  • control flow
  • statistical analysis
  • string manipulation
  • advanced plotting
  • in-depth use of programming languages like Unix/Linux, Python and R.

This will equip you to navigate high-performance computer programs and spatial ecology tools such as remote sensing.

Consider studying the Master of Quantitative Biology if:

  • you’re passionate about studying life and living organisms
  • you have solid mathematical knowledge and computational skills
  • you’d like to help with some of the world’s biggest challenges in innovative industries.

Master of Data Science

The abundance of data available today gives businesses and governments the opportunity to leverage insights from that data to get ahead of the curve. For example, financial data scientists are finding new ways to mitigate financial risk and make strategic investment decisions.

Tech giants, start-up companies, consulting firms and governments don’t have much in common, but they can all benefit from the clever use of data. Analysing and interpreting information can help any organisation:

  • solve a variety of problems
  • build meaningful relationships with people
  • optimise marketing strategies
  • develop and optimise services/products
  • effectively plan for growth.
Graduate degree data science

As the most comprehensive data analyst degree in the country, UQ’s Master of Data Science will equip you to work across almost any sector in Australia or abroad. By delving into a data-based career in the digital economy, you may even help revolutionise the way we work, live and communicate in the future by working in fields like artificial intelligence and cybersecurity.

This program prepares you to use big data tools, technologies and research to make informed decisions in data-intensive environments. You’ll study advanced topics including computing, statistics and mathematics and choose from a business, finance, health or science elective.

Consider studying the Master of Data Science if:

  • you’d love an innovative job in a tech company or start-up
  • you’re passionate about creating positive change in the community
  • you want an inter-disciplinary education with direct industry contact and practical experience.

Master of Bioinformatics

Modern genome sequencing technologies allow us to rapidly test millions of biological samples. As this tech keeps getting more accurate and affordable, scientists can now discover solutions at a previously unimaginable pace. Problems that once took decades can now be solved in mere months.

The Master of Bioinformatics is your door to this exciting world, where you’ll get to:

  • increase your technical and research skills in core bioinformatics areas
  • update your knowledge around recent technologies and methodologies including advanced applications of computational statistics, software engineering and programming languages such as R
  • immerse yourself in a practical research laboratory.
Bioinformatics students

Upon graduating, you’ll have all the skills required to conduct a wide range of genome scale analyses with data produced by next-generation sequencing (NGS) technologies. Your theoretical and practical study is also supplemented by an independent research project.

Consider studying the Master of Bioinformatics if:

  • you’re curious to discover how genetic data can help re-shape the way we manage our health and environment
  • you have a bachelor’s degree or extensive professional experience in biological sciences, computing and mathematics
  • you’d love to help fill the worldwide shortage of bioinformaticians with a rewarding career in a pharmaceutical and biotechnology company, research organisation or government department.

Master of Biostatistics

Biostatistics play a vital role in keeping communities safe and healthy. For example, this type of data can influence the public health response during a pandemic or identify populations at the greatest risk of future disease.

Our Master of Biostatistics is enriched by the UQ School of Public Health’s strong links with Australian Aid, the World Bank, the World Health Organisation and other leading international agencies.

During this program, you’ll develop:

  • knowledge of the theory and application of biostatistics
  • critical analysis expertise
  • interpretation skills
  • the ability to apply statistical methods to health data sets.
Biostatistics students

You’ll also have the option of undertaking a research program as part of your studies.

Consider studying the Master of Biostatistics if:

  • you’re interested in informing evidence-based health care
  • you’d like to contribute new evidence to advance discoveries in biomedicine or life sciences
  • you want to become a biostatistician, epidemiologist or data technician.

Master of Business Analytics

Continuing business disruption has created an unprecedented demand for data analysis capabilities. The UQ Master of Business Analytics combines business, data science and philosophy to empower the next generation of professionals to solve global problems.

With a unique focus on data for social good, this hybrid, holistic program will:

  • teach you how to influence and inform social, cultural and environmental business change
  • introduce you to the importance of data ethics
  • prepare you for data-focused roles in any industry (some that don’t even exist yet).

As a student of UQ Business School, Queensland’s top-rated school for business and management studies (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020), you’ll learn from some of the best teachers in Australia and feel empowered to tackle an ever-changing business world.

Consider studying the Master of Business Analytics if:

  • you’re interested in influencing important business decisions, backed by data
  • you’re passionate about using analytics to address real business problems and solve global social issues
  • you’d like the flexibility of a 100% online master’s program.

Model your future career with data

Whether you’re already an established data scientist or you’re just starting your journey in big data, the postgraduate courses at UQ can help you get the edge in your future career. Get more information about each course (including prerequisites, timeframes and career outcomes) below.

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