What will I learn?

This is a research degree requiring an original and significant contribution to knowledge in the field of learning analytics.

It 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.

This course is designed for students interested in a leadership position as a data scientist, or pursuing an academic career in data science.

Course structure

The research degree is undertaken wholly by thesis. It is structured in three phases.

Phase 1: Students negotiate a study plan with their supervisor. This plan makes explicit the kinds of support each student requires.

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.


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?

Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation



Study options

Full Time (2 years full time or 4 years part time)

Tuition fees
A$35,280.00 (US$ 23,041) per year
Fee per session: AUD $17,640

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

Start date

1 July 2020, 1 January 2021


University of Technology Sydney - UTS

UTS Campus,

15 Broadway,


New South Wales,

2007, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For admission into most postgraduate courses, you are required to hold a recognized bachelor's degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor's degree. Your academic performance at the bachelor's level will be considered as part of your application assessment. In some instances, you may also require relevant work experience and/or research experience. 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 bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.

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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About this uni

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

  • Based in the heart of Sydney
  • No.1 young university in Australia
  • Offering AUD 30 million in scholarships
  • 24/7 security patrols on campus