What will I learn?

Data Science skills in high demand

Strengthen your career with USQ’s Master of Science (Applied Data Science) in the progressive field of Data Science aka ‘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.

Why study Data Science at USQ?

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.

Other majors

Other specialisations in the Master of Science include: Agricultural Science, Astrophysics, Applied Climate Science, Environment and Sustainability, Mathematics and Statistics and Sport and Exercise.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences

CRICOS

078596M

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$37,600.00 (20,12,848) per year
Start date

Expected July 2022

Venue

University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

Toowoomba Campus,

487-535 West Street,

TOOWOOMBA,

Queensland,

4350, TOOWOOMBA, Australia

Online/Distance (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$37,600.00 (20,12,848) per year
Start date

Expected July 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Australian university three or four-year Bachelor degree in an approved discipline, or equivalent. English language requirements: IELTS (Academic only) score of 6.5 (or better)(no component lower than 6.0); TOEFL (paper based) score of 570 (with a minimum Test of Written English score TWE 5); TOEFL (electronic or computer based) score of 230 (with an essay rating of at least 5); TOEFL (internet based) score of 90 (or better) (with 20 minimum in all bands); Pearson (PTE Academic) score of 58 (or better) (with no communicative score less than 58); Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)/ C1 Advanced or Proficiency (CPE)/C2 Proficiency with a score of 176 or above. No less than 169 in each skill.

For international students

  • 3-year Bachelor degree from an Australian university or equivalent. or
  • equivalent professional work experience, as determined through the Credit and Exemption procedure.
  • knowledge and ethics of computing consistent with CIS1000 Information Systems Concepts.

IELTS (Academic only) - 6.5 (or better) (no component lower than 6.0); TOEFL (paper based) - 570 (or better) (with a minimum Test of Written English Score of TWE 5); TOEFL (electronic or computer based) - 230 (or better) (with essay rating of at least 5); TOEFL (internet based) - 90 (or better) (with 20 minimum in all bands); Pearson (PTE Academic) - 58 (or better) (with no communicative score less than 58); Cambridge English Scale Scores for FCE, CAE and CPE3 - Cambridge English: First (FCE) with a score of 176 or above. No less than 169 in each skill.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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