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Postgraduate subject

Applied Data Science

06 November 2023

Build data science capability onto your study background.



Applied Data Science


Data Science is one of the fastest growing areas in science. There is a worldwide skills shortage of talented people with data science skills so if you are thinking about life after UC, this could be a good option for you.

Data Science has been described as the bridge linking large data sets (often called Big Data) with computational capacity to provide solutions for business, industry, other areas of science, health, and many more.

In this postgraduate programme you will develop your understanding of what Data Science is, learn new skills, and develop your communication and ability to work in a team. Effective communication and team work are listed as key attributes for a Data Scientist

Applied Data Science


Foundation courses

You will be required to enrol in all these foundational courses unless there is evidence of prior learning in the fundamentals of data science (exemptions must be approved by the Programme Director).


Advanced Data Science Competencies

All students take the following courses (unless the Programme Director approves a substitution).


You should complete the foundation course DATA401, or have a background in statistics, before enrolling in STAT462 and STAT448.

You should also complete the foundation course COSC480, or have a background in Python computer programming, before enrolling in DATA420.

Domain specific competencies

The remaining courses will be any relevant 400 or 600-level courses in: Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Data Science, Digital Humanities, Economics, Environmental Science, Finance, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Statistics. Or in any other relevant subject as approved by the Programme Director and the relevant Head of Department.

Some examples of elective courses students have enrolled in recently include:

Master of Applied Data Science capstone project course


This compulsory project for the Master's programme involves working in a team to solve real-world data science problems.

Applied Data Science

Career opportunities

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 Applied Data Science 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
  • an understanding of what programming can offer.

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