Data science is a new profession emerging along with the exponential growth in size and availability of 'big data'. A data scientist provides insight into future trends from looking at past and current data. Data science is an essential skillset in a world where everything from education to commerce, communication to transport, involves large-scale data collection and digitalisation.
This conversion Master's is designed to accommodate students from a range of backgrounds (not just those with Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science majors), who want to enhance or build their data science capabilities and combine these with the skills and knowledge they bring from their previous studies. So long as you are data-hungry and industry-aware; this degree can add to your employability and career prospects.
Why study a Master of Applied Data Science at UC?
One of the few such programmes in Australasia that supports the development of students from a wider undergraduate background.
Work-integrated learning is a big component of the degree – you will work on an industry data science project.
There is also a focus on broader skills required of data scientists such as advanced analytical capability, problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, and communication skills.
UC has strengths in the area of data science, including a number of relevant research centres
According to industry experts, data scientists know what the technology can offer, what analytics are possible, and can communicate on all those aspects to the wider business. This applies no matter the field or sector, as data and analytics have become so important and integral to organisational decision making. Graduates will be ready to work in a range of industries including: government, corporates, the IT sector, market research and finance, agriculture, and transport.
Aotearoa New Zealand and other countries are currently experiencing a skills shortage in this area, and the need for data-savvy professionals with applied experience is growing.
An MADS graduate's skills will include:
advanced knowledge in data science
the ability to use data to inform workplace solutions
planning and implementing data-informed projects
working in multidisciplinary teams
have an understanding of what programming can offer.
University of Canterbury Highlights
No. of Campuses
1 main campus
No. of Residence Halls
Graduate Job Rate
89.9% (full time)
Above 600,000 NZD pa
Cost of Attendance
29,550 NZD pa
Mode of Program
Full time and online
University of Canterbury Tuition fee
New Zealand Living Expenses
In addition to your tuition and insurance fees, you will need between $20,000 and $25,000 per year ($380–480 per week) for accommodation/rent, food expenses, transportation costs, phone bills, internet usage and entertainment. No matter what your tuition or course fee is, the average living expense will be same for everyone. Please note that these amounts are just recommendations, Immigration New Zealand requirement is $15,000 per year plus return airfare or additional $2,000.