Data Science*

Big data and the internet of things have changed the way society works—we send and receive data constantly, and now we need people who can manage and find hidden insights within it.

Data Science combines ideas from statistics, computing and mathematics to provide new insights that are crucial to the survival of businesses, governments and institutions that want to transform their data into information, insights and novel data products.

Make discoveries as you dive into data with this new major that will set you up for a career in the most high-demand industry of the twenty-first century.

You will develop technical skills in statistics, computing, databases and mathematics to explore and understand data in a range of settings and applications. You will then take this knowledge to understand the consequences of the data revolution. You will assess the ethics of data collection and use, question privacy and security issues, learn about the importance of communicating effectively with data and explore how workplaces can ‘put data in its place’.

What you might study

Pair your Data Science major alongside another subject to extract and provide meaningful insights to any field, including biology, chemistry, geography, linguistics, media studies, actuarial science, and economics.

You may study courses in discrete mathematics and logic, statistics and probability, programming and databases as well as core courses in data science. At the same time, you will work with real data sets and develop practical understanding of the social dimensions of data.


The role of data scientist came in as the best job in 2016, with opportunities across a variety of fields, making it a high-growth and lucrative job, according to US company Career Cast’s survey in 2016.

Data scientist now regularly appears in employment surveys as one of the top careers for opportunity and job satisfaction. It is estimated the demand for data scientists will reach 1 million people by 2018.

Graduates will find a range of opportunities in public-sector organisations large and small, ranging from policy and financial roles, media and health to IT and scientific research. Examples include bioinformatics, health informatics, business consultancy, smart-city development and social investment in government.