Master of Data Science

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

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The Master of Data Science is a professional degree for people who are passionate about drawing meaningful knowledge from data to drive business decision-making or research output. It will develop your analytical and technical skills to use data science to guide strategic decisions in your area of expertise. It also offers the flexibility to tailor learning to your professional and personal interests.



Data is a vital asset to any organisation. It holds valuable insights into areas such as customer behaviour, market intelligence and operational performance. Data scientists build intelligent systems to manage, interpret, understand and derive key knowledge from big data sets.

If you have a strong mathematical or quantitative backgrounds, this degree will develop your analytical and technical skills in using data science to guide strategic decisions in your area of expertise.

Leveraging the University of Sydney’s research strengths, you will explore the latest in data mining, machine learning and data visualisation, while developing the skills to communicate data insights to key stakeholders effectively.

If you have qualifications in areas such as health and education, a Graduate Certificate in Data Science can provide you with the data science capability to complement your existing skills and provide a pathway to the master’s program.

Course outline

Specialisations

Core specialisations

Principles of data science, database management systems, data mining, visual analytics, statistics and statistical models.

Embedded courses

Further course information

Progression rules

A candidate for the Master of Data Science must complete 24 credit points from Core and Elective units of study with a credit average before taking Data Science Capstone Project Units. Admission to the Project units of study is subject to availability of supervision and to the approval of the Academic Director.

Graduate Certificate Pathway


If you are not able to meet the requirements for the Master of Data Science degree, you may be eligible for the Graduate Certificate in Data Science. Please note, the units of study completed in the Graduate Certificate in Data Science will not count towards the master degree. You must obtain a minimum of a credit average (65%) in the Graduate Certificate in Data Science and apply before its completion to continue with the Master of Data Science program. If completed with a full-time study load, the Graduate Certificate and Master of Data Science can be completed in 1.5 years.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

The Master of Data Science will provide the knowledge, skills and experience to equip the graduate to operate independently as a data scientist within any application domain. The training it provides also supports several career paths, by: honing data skills at the frontier of machine intelligence research to become a data scientist for hire; up-skilling to build intelligent data-driven systems in an existing area of expertise (e.g., mining analyst); improving scientific research through training in data management, analysis, and modelling.

Further study

The University of Sydney is a research intensive institution with a strong track record of technology transfer and commercialisation. Research activities in the School of Information Technologies focus on algorithmics and applications, enterprise computing, human-centred computing, and IT applications in health care. If you would like to be part of Sydney's IT research community, you may consider applying for admission to a higher degree by research. Students completing a research degree undertake supervised research and submit a written thesis at the completion of their studies in the degree of Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

Admission

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission, an applicant is required to have:

• a four year Australian bachelor's degree with honours in a quantitative discipline* with a minimum credit average (65 percent), or an equivalent qualification with a research component or
• an Australian master’s degree in a quantitative discipline* with a minimum credit average (65 percent), or equivalent qualification, or
• the University of Sydney Graduate Certificate in Data Science with a minimum credit average (65 percent), or equivalent or higher qualification

There is no credit transfer possible between the Graduate Certificate in Data Science and the Master of Data Science. Students with a Graduate Certificate in Data Science still need to complete 48 credit points in a subsequent Master of Data Science. They will receive a waiver for COMP5310, and can hence enrol in a third Elective Unit instead.

*A quantitative discipline includes data science, computer science, mathematics, statistics, engineering, physics, economics, finance or other disciplines that are deemed equivalent. As a guideline, the curriculum of a quantitative discipline should include some study of mathematics including statistics at the tertiary level. Some background in computing (specifically in programming and in data management as taught in the Graduate Certificate in Data Science) is assumed. If you do not have previous IT background, please apply for the Graduate Certificate in Data Science.

Applicants who hold a three year bachelor’s degree in a quantitative discipline can apply to the Master of Data Science based on employment experience if they can demonstrate a minimum of two years relevant industry experience in IT or Data Science/Data Analytics. This must be supported by a CV and proof of work experience (in the form of an official letter from the employer including details of your position, dates of employment and job description). In all other cases, applicants should apply for the Graduate Certificate in Data Science.

For qualifications awarded outside Australia, equivalencies and entry requirements are determined based on the country, institution and qualification. Any grade requirements listed are based on the University of Sydney grading system

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the University’s online application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page. For more information you can visit our How to Apply page.

International students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the University’s online application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page. For more information you can visit our How to Apply page.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.