As a data scientist, you will learn to extract valuable insight from one of the most important resources today – data. Use the latest machine learning methods to turn large amounts of information into big-picture knowledge.
Data science is about extracting knowledge from large amounts of data. The practical use of this skill is vast, from contributing to solving the great societal challenges of our time to helping corporations at all scales and in all fields target and optimise their product impact and revenue.
Companies such as Netflix, Amazon and Spotify collect user data to generate relevant predictions and recommendations about what their users will enjoy in the future. In order to analyse data produced by large-scale scientific experiments like the Human Genome project, astronomical charts and particle accelerators, advanced machine learning algorithms and data engineering platforms are needed. Many municipal authorities also strive to collect and integrate data from several different types of sensors (air quality, sound, water distribution, and such). In all these examples, a single profession plays a pivotal role in turning information into insight: the data scientist.
WHY THIS PROGRAMME?
The Master’s programme in data science with specialisation in Machine Learning and Statistics will provide you with the knowledge, tools and skills to succeed in a wide range of different positions that involve the analysis of large amounts of data. This specialisation provides the general skills needed by a data scientist, as well as advanced skills in machine learning.
For instance, you will learn to make advanced statistical analyses and use state-of-the-art machine learning methods. In addition to learning how to extract knowledge from large amounts of information, you will also gain a robust understanding of both the mathematical foundations of data science and its computational aspects.
As part of the programme, you will also be given an opportunity to delve into the ethical and legal aspects of data science. This is important not least due to the fact that many large-scale societal issues, be they social welfare, climate change, healthcare or democracy, necessitate the use of data-driven methods and AI.
Data scientists can expect a strong labour market, as demand for the profession has long enjoyed strong growth. Data science is one of the most sought-after qualifications both in Sweden and internationally, and basic research in universities and academia has a large demand for data science in order to utilise the data generated by facilities such as SciLifeLab and MaxV. As such, you will be faced with a strong labour market upon completion of your degree.
Uppsala University also offers a rich and vital research environment in data science, with a large number of researchers from several different institutions, and the programme will prepare you for active participation in research projects, either as a PhD or in the industrial sector. In the second year of the programme, you will be given the opportunity to work alongside internationally renowned research teams within data science and with students and experts from other disciplines in a project course in applied data science.
You are someone with not only a theoretical foundation in mathematics and computer science, but also curiosity about how large and complex sets of data can be utilised to solve a variety of real-life problems.
The programme leads to a Master of Science (120 credits) with Data Science as the main field of study.
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