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Master of Data Science

Overview

Become job-ready and prepared to tackle complex data science challenges and play a leading role in the future development of data science solutions globally.

This is the most comprehensive data science program in Australia, combining high-level analytical and technical skills with industry-specific knowledge and essential professional attributes. It's also one of the few programs in the world to offer you a cross-disciplinary education with direct industry contact and practical experience in the exciting field of data science.

You'll study advanced topics from computing, statistics and mathematics, and 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.

You'll 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.

Since data underpins the digital economy, there are enormous opportunities for data scientists to revolutionise the way we work, live and communicate. With a Master of Data Science you'll be expertly prepared to work in Australia or overseas across a large number of industry sectors, government agencies and high technology companies, as well as consulting and market research firms.

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.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1.5 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
Program Code
5659
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$45120 (indicative per year)
Duration
1.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
Program Code
5659
CRICOS Code
092453J
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Benefit from the most comprehensive data science program in Australia.
  • Study advanced topics from computing, statistics and mathematics.
  • Learn how to make informed decisions in data-intensive environments.
  • Graduate with a combination of high-level technical skills and a capacity for creative and disruptive thinking.

1 in Queensland for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2020

76 in the world for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2020

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Research experience

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Introduction to Data Science
  • Responsible Data Science
  • Data Analytics at Scale
  • Machine Learning

See all courses in this program

See program rules [PDF]

In Semester 1, 2021, we'll be teaching courses on campus and online. Delivery modes vary for each course and may change in future semesters.

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Market researcher
  • Data scientist
  • Risk analyst
  • Supply chain analyst
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Data miner
  • Big data engineer
  • Portfolio manager
  • Actuarial and analytics consultant
  • Systems software engineer

Early-career salary

Data Scientist

$81K–$118K

payscale.com

Mid-career salary

Data Engineer

$80K–$140K

payscale.com

Next steps after graduation

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

Prerequisites

Degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree in Mathematics or Statistics or Computing or related discipline, with significant studies in mathematics, statistics and computing and a GPA of at least 5.0 on a 7 point scale. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 3 mathematics courses, 2 statistics or probability courses and 3 computer science courses.

Related disciplines include Information Technology, Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Actuarial Studies.

Prerequisites

Degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree in Mathematics or Statistics or Computing or related discipline, with significant studies in mathematics, statistics and computing and a GPA of at least 5.0 on a 7 point scale. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 3 mathematics courses, 2 statistics or probability courses and 3 computer science courses.

Related disciplines include Information Technology, Computer Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Actuarial Studies.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

Applicants are encouraged to provide a CV which details any experience working with data. View additional entry requirements for applicants with overseas qualifications.

Allocations of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) for postgraduate programs commenced in 2019 are yet to be determined by the Australian Government. Once allocations are determined, offers for CSPs in this program will be allocated on the basis of academic merit. The first offer round for CSPs will follow the application closing date for on time applications. If further CSP places are available, there will be a second offer round prior to the commencement of the program. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition fee paying basis.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Data Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $45,120

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Data Science for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Data Science pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $36,820

Indicative annual fee 2020

Fee information for 2021 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2020.

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Data Science at 2021 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are offered for this program on the basis of academic merit. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition fee paying basis.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

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