Master of Data Science
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Enter the revolutionary area of big data where there is an acute shortage of data scientists. A recent McKinsey Global Institute report projects a 50 per cent gap between projected demand and supply by 20181.
Vast volumes of data are generated every day around the globe. The need to make sense of it has given rise to the revolutionary area of ‘Big Data’, and to a new career of ‘data scientist’. Data scientists find patterns, making meaning and drawing value from the seeming chaos.
Taught by leading researchers you will learn to analyse and visualise rich data sources, how to spot data trends and to generate data management strategies.
This postgraduate degree is offered as part of a suite of three programs (graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master). Each qualification extends to the next, so you can easily transition to a master level qualification.
If you decide to exit this degree having completed the first four courses you will receive the Graduate Certificate in Data Science. If you have completed the first eight courses you will receive the Graduate Diploma in Data Science.
1McKinsey Global Institute. Big Data: The next frontier for innovation, competition and productivity, May 2011.
UniSA’s Master of Data Science gives you current knowledge of data science techniques and research. It caters for students with a mathematics or an IT background, with courses tailored for both.
You will learn to analyse and visualise rich data sources, how to spot data trends, and to generate data management strategies. The coursework has been designed with industry including the Institute of Analytics Professionals of Australia and the leader in business analytics software – SAS. Students also benefit from UniSA’s lead role in the $88 million Data to Decisions Cooperative Research Centre.
This master degree can be studied on-campus, online or a combination of both. Once you have been accepted into the degree you can select your mode of study.
UniSA is home to several research centres:
All have state-of-the-art facilities, with world renowned links and associations that provide a dynamic teaching and research base for our students.
We are also proud to support a number of Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) bringing together researchers and research users, with an emphasis on collaboration through utilisation, commercialisation and technology transfer.
UniSA is the national headquarters for an $88 million CRC in big data. The Data to Decisions CRC is set to boost national security. It places UniSA at the forefront of industry and academic research collaboration. The CRC involves researchers in areas of computer science, engineering, business and law from UniSA, the University of Adelaide, University of New South Wales, Deakin University and Carnegie Mellon University, with industry input from IT and systems integration companies, consulting companies and SMEs in collaboration with state and federal national security agencies.
This degree is offered online. This means that you:
With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle.
Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on the degree webpage.
The field of data science field is evolving at a rapid rate. It will continue to grow as savvy business leaders integrate analytics into every facet of their organisation. Analytics, science, data, and reasoning are becoming embedded into decision-making processes, every day and everywhere in the business world1.
Careers to consider:
1Deloitte analytics trends 2016
Peter Jafako Helebi
You will start by developing foundation skills in data and statistics such as big data basics, statistical programming for data science, and relational databases and warehouses. You will then go on to study data analytics courses such as:
You’ll finish your degree with a professional project where you’ll work in a structured project team, getting practical experience in modern data science techniques and practices.
For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.
Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:
Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.
Take a look at the global opportunities available.
|Course name||Area and cat no.||Units||Reference|
|Big Data Basics||INFS 5095||4.5|
|Statistical Programming for Data Science||COMP 5070||4.5|
|Two of the following four courses:||Note(s): 1|
|Statistics for Data Science||MATH 4044||4.5||Note(s): 2|
|Probabilities and Data||MATH 4043||4.5||Note(s): 2|
|Relational Databases and Warehouses||INFS 4019||4.5||Note(s): 3|
|Business Intelligence and Analytics||INFS 4018||4.5||Note(s): 3|
|Predictive Analytics||INFS 5100||4.5|
|Unsupervised Methods in Analytics||INFS 5102||4.5|
|Research Methods||INFT 4017||4.5|
|Data Visualisation||INFS 5116||4.5|
|Social Media Data Analytics||INFS 5101||4.5|
|Customer Analytics in Large Organisations||INFS 5096||4.5|
|Data Science Professional Development 2||INFS 5099||9||Note(s): 4|
|Advanced Analytic Techniques 1||MATH 5045||4.5|
|Advanced Analytic Techniques 2||INFS 5094||4.5|
|Capstone Professional Project||INFT 5021||9|
Hear from Program Director Dr Malgorzata Korolkiewicz about what it is like to study Data Science at the University of South Australia.
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