What will I learn?

This is a research degree requiring an original and significant contribution to knowledge in the field of learning analytics. It is the traditional path for those wishing to pursue a career in research or academic life.

The PhD provides an opportunity for graduates to acquire high-level research skills and substantially deepen their knowledge in this area.

This course has been developed as a response to a global talent gap for people with data science knowledge, as identified and reported by the McKinsey Global Institute study (2011). The study predicted a shortfall by 2018 of nearly 200,000 data scientists and 1.5 million managers with the capability to make decisions using big data in the United States alone.

The dramatic growth of data in every conceivable industry, from oceanography to market research, presents another major driving force in generating unprecedented global demand for data science skills.

Course structure

The Doctor of Philosophy is structured in three phases.

Phase 1: Students negotiate a doctoral study plan with their supervisor. This plan makes explicit the kinds of support each student requires. A formal doctoral assessment is undertaken at the end of Phase 1 in which the candidates present a full proposal for assessment, which is a prerequisite for entering Phase 2.

Phase 2: Students develop their individual program of research, and their readiness to enter Phase 3 is assessed at the end of Phase 2.

Phase 3: Candidates engage in the preparation and submission of a major thesis, which makes a sustained contribution to knowledge in their field of inquiry.

Careers

This degree prepares data scientists for leadership positions in teaching, management and research. There are opportunities for developing a career on a national and international level.

Which department am I in?

UTS: Analytics and Data Science

CRICOS

088537F

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$33,600.00 (US$ 23,372) per year
Fee per session: AUD $16,800

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

Start date

1 July 2019

Venue

University of Technology Sydney - UTS

UTS Campus,

15 Broadway,

ULTIMO,

New South Wales,

2007, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students are generally required to hold the equivalent of a relevant master's or bachelor's degree with first or second class honours (division 1) or an equivalent or higher qualification. If you do not qualify for entry at the doctoral level, you may be accepted initially at the master's level and allowed to transfer to the doctoral program after one year provided that you have been able to demonstrate your capacity for doctoral-level study. English language requirements: IELTS (Academic) - 6.5 overall, writing 6.0; TOEFL (Internet-based) - 79-93 overall, writing 21; PTE (Academic) - 58-64; CAE - 176-184; AE5/AE6 (PASS) - AE5.

For international students

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised master's by research or bachelor's degree with first or second class honours (division 1), or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.

Selection criteria also include the quality of the research proposal, the centre's ability to offer appropriate supervision in the applicant's chosen field, and, where necessary, demonstration of generic technical skills.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 27; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72; or CAE: 185-190.

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UTS has invested AUD 1.3 billion in creating a state-of-the-art campus in the heart of Sydney’s entrepreneurial district.

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