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What will I learn?

Master of Data Science (MDASC) is a taught master programme jointly offered by Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science (host) and Department of Computer Science.

Its interdisciplinarity promotes the applications of computer technology, operational research, statistical modelling, and simulation to decision-making and problem-solving in all organizations and enterprises within the private and public sectors.

The curriculum of the MDASC programme adopts a well-balanced and comprehensive pedagogy of both statistical and computational concepts and methodologies, underpinning applications that are not limited to business or a single field alone.

It is a programme ideal for

  1. those whose interest in high-level analytical skills straddles the disciplinary divide between statistics and computational analytics, and
  2. those who wish to pursue further study in the field of data science after studying science, social sciences, engineering, medical sciences, information systems, computing and data analytics in their undergraduate studies.

Programme Highlights

  • Joint programme offered by Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science and Department of Computer Science
  • Interdisciplinary and comprehensive curriculum
  • Solid foundation in statistical and computational analyses
  • Students can select electives from Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics
  • Electives cover a broad range of contemporary topics
  • Hands-on applications of methodologies with powerful software
  • Capstone project with real-life scenario

Programme Curriculum

Commencing in September, the curriculum is composed of 72 credits of courses. Courses with 6 credits are offered in the first and second semesters while courses with 3 credits are normally offered in the summer semester. If a student selects a course whose contents are similar to a course (or courses) which he/she has taken in his/her previous study, the Department may not approve the selection in question. The curriculum is the same for both full-time and part-time study modes.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
HK$276,000.00 (27,92,109) per year
The full tuition fee is HK $276,000 (students admitted in September 2022). The full fee would normally be paid by full-time students in 3 installments.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected January 2023

More details

Start date

September 2022

Venue

The University of Hong Kong

MG 14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission to the courses leading to a taught postgraduate qualification, a candidate: shall hold a Bachelor's degree of this University or a qualification of equivalent standard from this University or another comparable institution accepted for this purpose. English Language Requirements: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL; or a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL; or a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) - A minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5; or GCE (General Certificate of Education) - Grade C or above; or IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) - Grade C or above; or Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language - Grade C or above.

For international students

  • A Bachelor's degree with Honours or an equivalent qualification; and
  • Applicants should have taken at least one university or post-secondary certificate course in each of the following three subjects (calculus and algebra, computer programming and introductory statistics) or related areas.

English Language Requirements

In addition to satisfying the requirements for admission to the curriculum concerned, an applicant who is seeking admission on the basis of a qualification from a university or comparable institution outside Hong Kong of which the language of teaching and/or examination is not English is required to obtain one of the following examination result.

A. TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
1. a score of 550 or above in the paper-based TOEFL; or
2. a score of 213 or above in the computer-based TOEFL; or
3. a score of 80 or above in the internet-based TOEFL; or

B. IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
A minimum overall band of 6 with no subtest lower than 5.5; or

C. GCE (General Certificate of Education)
Grade C or above; or

D. IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education)
Grade C or above; or

E. Cambridge Test of Proficiency in English Language
Grade C or above

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

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About The University of Hong Kong

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