1.5 years (Full-time)
3 years (Part-time)
3 for local students
9 for non-local students
HK$9,800 per credit for local and non-local students
Dr Jiang Binyan
Deputy Programme Leader
Dr Zhang Zaikun
Assistant Programme Leader
Dr Li Ting
BS, MPhil, PhD
Non-local applicants must be registered as full-time students.
In today's era of big data, large data sets are generated every day in various areas of society and industry, such as the Internet, social networking and finance. It is a challenging task to analyse and extract information from this unprecedentedly large volume of data. To create value from such data, one must combine techniques from mathematics, statistics and computer science. This programme nurtures graduates with expertise that cuts across the core disciplines of mathematics, statistics and computer science. It develops students’ analytical and critical thinking, as well as their problem-solving skills. This enables graduates to pursue careers as data analysts in various industries, such as finance and information technology.
Data Science and Analytics involves the use of mathematical, statistical and computing techniques to extract useful information from large-scale data and make decisions accordingly. Statistics, optimisation methods and computer science are widely acknowledged to form the three pillars of modern data science. This programme is designed to provide a balanced treatment of these three pillars, with the aim of cultivating future data analysts.
Graduates who have highly developed mathematical, statistical and computing skills are thus in great demand globally, in both industry and research.
Students studying for the MSc* award must complete:
Option 1: 6 Compulsory Subjects (18 credits) and 4 Elective Subjects (12 credits); OR
Option 2: 6 Compulsory Subjects (18 credits), 1 Elective Subject (3 credits) and a Dissertation (9 credits)
Students who opt for the Dissertation should have completed 6 Compulsory Subjects with good academic results. Normally, only students who have completed 6 Compulsory Subjects (18 credits) with a GPA of 3.0 or above at the end of Semester Two of first year will be considered for Option 2.
* Students who do not complete the programme but have passed 6 Compulsory Subjects (18 credits) and 1 Elective (3 credits) will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma.
For details of the programme structure, please refer to https://www.polyu.edu.hk/ama/pg/63027/overview/.
Core Areas of Study
6 Compulsory Subjects (18 credits)
Elective Subjects (Each subject carries 3 credits)
Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at https://www.polyu.edu.hk/ama/pg/63027/curriculum/.
If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.
Some of the subjects in this programme have been included in the Continuing Education Fund (CEF) list of reimbursable subjects (for course commencement before September 2024).
The CEF list includes:
For further information, please contact:
Prof. Zhao Xingqiu, Programme Leader
(tel: (852) 2766 6921; email: email@example.com);
or Dr Jiang Binyan, Deputy Programme Leader
(tel: (852) 2766 6349; email: firstname.lastname@example.org);
or Dr Zhang Zaikun, Assistant Programme Leader
(tel: (852) 2766 4592; email: email@example.com);
or Miss Moon Wai Yan (tel: (852) 3400 3138; email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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