The UTS Masters of Data Science and Innovation (MDSi) is a groundbreaking program of study. It’s the first transdisciplinary data science degree offered in Australia where creativity and innovation are integral components. The MDSi equips students with the skills and expertise they’ll need for a next-level career in data science and analytics.
The MDSi course has been developed to address a growing global talent gap for people with data science expertise. The dramatic growth of data across all sectors is generating unprecedented global demand for data science professionals. By 2020, it is estimated that there will be four times more digital data in bytes than grains of sand exist on the entire planet.
MDSi graduates will thrive in this data deluge, utilising their skills to source, frame, analyse, visualise and communicate business outcomes and generate creative data-driven solutions.
What also makes the course unique is its human-centred perspective on big data; students learn to think ethically and systemically about the uses of data and analytics.
Industry Partnerships with MDSi
At UTS, we care about making connections that count. Industry partnerships and engagement are a core part of the MDSi program, preparing students to tackle complex real-world challenges.
There are two iLab projects over the two-year Masters program. iLabs provide students with opportunities to:
- Design investigations utilising contemporary data discovery techniques and large, complex, multi-structure data sets
- Test new data analysis approaches from current research literature
- Propose new data studies, under the supervision of transdisciplinary staff.
Final iLab projects will either be focused on students' current work environments, or students can negotiate an industry partnership in a discipline of interest.
We are seeking partners who have open data sets, ready for some fresh analysis by Masters level students who are learning to approach, organise and analyse data in innovative ways.
As an iLab partner, you need to be able to provide our students with a data set for their project. Students can sign NDAs to ensure the protection of your data, don’t worry! We require a brief submitted on your project, and the data set to be worked on by the 13th of July. Semester begins on the 23rd of July, and we encourage fortnightly check-ins with your student and for you to respond to questions where required.
Final presentations of their analysis will need to have happened by 15th October and these presentations can happen at your office, or here on campus.
More information for iLab Partners can be found in our MDSI iLabs Partner Brochure
Student assessment requirements
As this is a learning exercise for our students, they are required to submit three assessments over the period related to their work on your brief:
- Learning goals and weekly entries
- Interim status reports
- Project design journal
- Client briefing and supporting documentation
- Publicly presentable output (subject to IP arrangements of course)
- Assessment workbooks with weekly entries
- Report presentation
- Project synthesis and evaluation
All assessments are subject to any Intellectual Property (IP) or Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) you may negotiate with the student.
If you’d like to join MDSi as an iLab partner, please get in touch with FTDiPartnerships@uts.edu.au