Organisations increasingly need to process large volumes of digital data, from personal medical histories, to socio-economic statistics, to internet trends. Data scientists are one of the newest professions to come from this demand for effective storage, maintenance, and use of 'big data'. Graduates with modern technical knowledge of computing systems and statistical simulation are needed to process information in a range of industries.
Data Science combines mathematics, 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 is ranked in the top 200 universities in the world for Computer Science and Information Systems (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2018).
- Aotearoa New Zealand is ranked as the #1 country globally for starting a business (World Bank Group Doing Business 2017 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.
- A number of research centres at UC utilise data science, including the Geospatial Research Institute | Toi Hangarau, HIT Lab NZ | Hangarau Tangata, Tangata Hangarau, Wireless Research Centre, NZ Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour, and UC Arts Digital Lab.
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.
The first-year, 100-level courses required to complete a Bachelor of Science majoring in Data Science are:
200-level and beyond
Beyond first year, Data Science courses will further expand on data ethics, algorithms, database systems, statistical analysis and computer modelling, and data wrangling and data mining.
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.
Graduates will find employment in business and technology sectors as data scientists, data advisors, data/analytics consultants, and insight analysts.
Data Science graduates will also have a background in project implementation, research, critical analysis, and 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.
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