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Master of Science Specialisation Applied Data Science

Master of Science Specialisation Applied Data Science (MSCN)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • External
Campus
  • Toowoomba
Duration
  • 2 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July

Overview

  • Strengthen your career with USQ’s Master of Science (Applied Data Science) in the progressive field of Data Science, also known as ‘Big Data’. 
  • Large organisations have always been data-driven. What has changed dramatically is the sheer amount of raw data now generated. Data Science focuses on understanding and overcoming the challenges associated with collecting, analysing, interpreting and visualising large amounts of data. Data Science helps organisations extract new insights from raw data; insights which inform the development of new products and new businesses in our increasingly data reliant world.
  • In this unique masters degree, you will be able to incorporate four courses from a chosen discipline and work on a discipline-based research project to complement your big data technology training. The structure is unique, preparing you with application based big data analytical skills, which are highly sought by employers. 
  • You will have the opportunity to decide between two different pathways of study in your masters degree:
    • Research Project track — the Research Project track equips you with research skills and allows you to develop a research thesis through a project in your chosen disciplinary application area.
    • Research Training track — the Research Training track allows you to develop your research capability and gain specialised cognitive and technical skills to prepare for a professional career in science.

Further study

Upon successful completion of the Master of Science (Applied Data Science), students have the opportunity to move into PhD study.

Career outcomes

  • Data scientists are highly sought after, and the data scientist career path is projected to increase further as organisations collect more information, but do not have people with the necessary skills to make sense of it all.
  • This Masters provides an ideal professional development opportunity for qualified graduates who wish to advance in their existing career or begin a new one in the area of Big Data.

Entry requirements 

Introductory knowledge of computing consistent with that found in CSC1401 Foundation Programming is also recommended.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

Pathways

USQ offers a number of bachelor degrees for you to study to help you meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 16 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
10 x core courses 10
2-4 x research courses 6
Total 16

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported

The Federal Government contributes to the cost of your course and you need to pay a student contribution.

AUD 9527
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 26880

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level. Find out if you are eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships

At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 24 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

Discover further information on applying to study at USQ that is relevant to you.

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