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Master of Data Science

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM203

CRICOS 094326M

This program provides the necessary skills for entering the world of big data and data science, an emerging area of necessity for many fields, including science, engineering, economics and digital humanities. The program will help students understand how data is changing our world, and how learners can apply data science techniques to drive changes in their organisation or area.

In the Master of Data Science, students undertake a specialised introductory program in their first semester, designed to address fundamental requirements in programming, mathematics and data science. Students then proceed with a program of courses tailored to their particular interest, building skill and knowledge in data science, as well as a significant project designed to combine skills developed across the program.
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    CRICOS 094326M
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.5. Advanced standing of 12 units may be granted to eligible applicants who have successfully completed the MicroMaster in Big Data program with a minimum overall score of 65 percent.
    International Qualifications University level Mathematics IB or equivalent
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  • Careers

    Potential careers

    Business Analyst, Business Data Analyst, Computer Scientist, Data Analyst

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure
    The 48-unit master's program normally takes four semesters of full-time study. However, credit in core courses to the value of 12 units on account of successful completion of the MicroMasters in Big Data with a minimum overall score of 65 per cent, is possible. As part of the 48 units, students are required to undertake a research project, deliver a public presentation and write a report on their research. The project is normally completed over two consecutive semesters.

    Example Study Plan

    Year 1 COMP SCI 7XXX Programming for Data Science (3 units)
    COMP SCI 7XXX Computational Thinking and Data (3 units)
    COMP SCI 7201 Algorithm & Data Structure Analysis (3 units)
    COMP SCI 7306 Mining Big Data (3 units)
    COMP SCI 7XXX Big Data Analysis & Project (3 units)
    MATHS 7103 Probability and Statistics (3 units)
    COMP SCI 7084 Distributed Databases and Data Mining (3 units)
    COMP SCI 7401 Introduction to Statistical Machine Learning (3 units)
    Year 2 

    COMP SCI 7XXX Master of Data Science Research Project A/B (12 units)

    COMP SCI 7405 Research Methods- Software Engineering & Computer Science (3 units)


    Courses up to the value of 9 units from the following:

    COMP SCI 7088 Systems Programming (3 units)
    COMP SCI 7058 Artificial Intelligence (3 units)
    COMP SCI 7305 Parallel and Distributed Computing (3 units)
    COMP SCI 7076 Distributed Computing (3 units)
    COMP SCI 7007 Specialised Programming (3 units)
    COMP SCI 7407 Advanced Algorithms (3 units)
    STATS 7107 Statistical Modelling & Inference 3
    STATS 7059 Mathematical Statistics (3 units)
    STATS 7054 Statistical Modelling (3 units)
    STATS 7056 Biostatistics (3 units)
    STATS 7057 Sampling Theory and Practice (3 units)
    STATS 7058 Time Series (3 units)
    STATS 7004 Statistics Topic A (3 units)
    STATS 7014 Statistics Topic B (3 units)
    STATS 7016 Statistics Topic C (3 units)
    STATS 7008 Statistics Topic D (3 units)
    STATS 7069 Statistics Topic E (3 units)
    STATS 7070 Statistics Topic F (3 units)

    ^Check the course planner for course availability noting the availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.

    Please refer to the ECMS website for a study plan to guide your enrolment


    Research project, written assignments, practical work and/or examinations.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 18 Jul 2017


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