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Drive business decision making from meaningful data

Data is the currency of the new digital age. The challenge is how to make the best use of it through data analytics and data science to improve business or research outcomes.

Master of Data Science

Aprofessional degree for those passionate about building intelligent data-driven systems to support business decisions or drive research output.

What is data science?

Data is a vital asset to any organisation. It provides 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 data.

Why study data science?

Through the Master of Data Science you 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.

Why study data science with us?

The Master of Data Science will provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience to work independently as a data scientist within a wide variety of industries.

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

Our Master of Data Science is suited to those with a strong mathematical or quantitative background. You’ll learn how to apply your analytical and technical skills to data science, guiding strategic decisions in your area of expertise.

The course comprises four core units, two electives and a capstone project in which you will apply your skills to a real-world data science problem. You can choose to specialise in the principles of data science, database management systems, data mining, visual analytics, statistics or statistical models.

You’ll open doors to many career pathways by honing your data skills at the forefront of machine intelligence research to become a data scientist, upskilling to build intelligent data-driven systems in an existing area of expertise, or improving scientific research through data management, analysis and modelling.

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At the master’s level, this degree will take one year full time to complete (48 credit points). The program can also be taken at the level of:

Fast track your Master of Data Science

Your prior qualifications or in some cases, work experience, may enable you to reduce the number of credit points required to complete your degree. See how it works.

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Hugh Durrant-Whyte
Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte: ARC Federation Fellow; Research Affiliate and Former Director, Centre for Translational Data Science; Chief Scientific Adviser, UK Ministry of Defence
“Data is the currency of the new digital age. It presents incredible opportunities to create smarter cities, healthier people and a better environment for all of us. The challenge is how you make use of it, through data analytics and data science, and that’s what this course is all about.”
Master of Data Science