Organisations are increasingly making use of large volumes of digital data, from personal medical histories, to socio-economic statistics, to internet trends. Data science is one of the newest professions to come from this demand for effective storage, maintenance, and use of 'big data'.
Data Science combines mathematics, statistics, computing, technology innovation, and practical results. You will study at the forefront of modern practices and issues in the digital world, including ethics and security of data, strategy development, and statistical programming.
With such a wide range of industry applications and career opportunities, Data Science has been identified as one of the most essential and employable skills of the 21st century.
- UC’s Bachelor of Data Science offers a range of majors that tackle some of the most challenging issues we currently face with innovative technology solutions, and will give you practical experience applying your knowledge to real-world data needs.
- A number of research centres at UC utilise data science, including Toi Hangarau | Geospatial Research Institute, Hangarau Tangata, Tangata Hangarau | HIT Lab NZ, Wireless Research Centre, Te Kāhui Roro Reo | NZ Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour, and Te Pokapū Aronui ā-Matihiko | UC Arts Digital Lab.
- Aotearoa New Zealand is ranked as the #1 country for starting a business (World Bank Group Doing Business 2020 Report), and Ōtautahi Christchurch is home to a number of computing technology and innovation industries, with many start-up companies searching for skilled graduates from UC.
Year 13 studies in maths, statistics, or computing will give you a good background for your first-year courses, however these are not essential to major in Data Science.
UC offers the Bachelor of Data Science, which focuses on applied skills in collecting, analysing, and using large-scale data for a range of purposes.
Bachelor of Data Science
See the Bachelor of Data Science for the compulsory Data Science courses in the degree.
As well as the core courses, students also study towards one of the following majors:
Data Science major
Students complete these courses throughout their degree for the Data Science major:
- COSC 367 Artificial Intelligence
- DATA 309 Data Science Capstone Project
- STAT 315 Multivariate Statistical Methods
You will also need to choose any 60 points of courses from the following:
Graduates of Data Science will find their knowledge is in high demand, as there is a global shortage of expertise to support the steady growth in data collection and digitisation.
You can find employment in business and technology sectors as a data scientist, data advisor, data/analytics consultant, and insight analyst. With this degree, you will build a background in project implementation, research, critical analysis, problem solving, and communication skills in discussing and explaining data findings, all of which are useful skills in a number of careers.
Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Data Science.
For study planning help, please contact Professor Peyman Zawar-Reza:
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