Big data is set to revolutionise society and how we make discoveries and decisions. This is the most comprehensive data science program in Australia, which combines high-level analytical and technical skills with industry-specific knowledge and essential professional attributes.

  • The Master of Data Science is one of the few programs in the world to combine a cross-disciplinary education with direct industry contact and practical experience in the exciting field of data science. For entry requirements, see Program Details.
  • Study advanced topics from computing, statistics, and mathematics as well as your choice of electives from business, finance, health, or science. Across the program, you'll learn how to make informed decisions in data-intensive environments.
  • Use relevant big data tools and technologies and develop essential knowledge about the ethical use of data, legal considerations, communication, and more. In your final year you'll also complete projects relevant to industry.
  • Graduate with a combination of high-level technical skills and a capacity for creative and disruptive thinking. You'll be ready to solve complex data science problems globally and meet the strong demand for expert data scientists.

With the proliferation of new sources and volumes of data, there are enormous opportunities for data scientists to transform how we work, live and communicate.

  • Careers

    Future-proof your career

    Data science is one of the most in-demand professions globally. UQ also has a growing network of industry partners who will ensure you receive hands-on training and experience to be job-ready and well-aligned with industry demands and expectations.

  • Research

    Big data experts

    The School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering is home to experts in Big Data Infrastructure research, who examine the storage, exploration, and analysis of big data in business and scientific contexts. 

  • Teaching staff

    Our teachers are tops

    Our research and teaching work in Computer Science and Information Systems was ranked 60th in the world by subject in the 2017 QS World University Rankings. This puts our academics as the best ranked in Queensland and in the top five in Australia.

  • Campus Life

    State-of-the-art facilities

    The school is home to facilities including a big data lab with relevant tools and technologies; more than 400 Windows, Unix and Apple workstations; more than 20 specialist computer labs (including 10 with 24-hour access); and a university-wide 802.11ac Wi-Fi network.

  • Why study

    Tackle global challenges

Career outcomes

Master of Data Science graduates will be expertly prepared to work in Australia or overseas across a large number of industry sectors, government agencies, and technology companies, as well as in consulting and market-research firms.

In China alone, the market for big data is experiencing an annual growth of more than 30 per cent based on expenditure of 10 Billion RMB since 2015.

The median salary of data scientists is typically reported in six-digit figures and in China it is reported to be 3.5 times higher than in comparable positions.


Entry requirements


Degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree (which includes significant computer science, statistics and mathematics content) with a GPA of at least 5.0 on a 7 point scale. Applicants are encouraged to provide a CV which details any experience working with data. View additional entry requirements for applicants with overseas qualifications.

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Data Science are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Data Science. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

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