Masters in Statistics and Data Science

Entry Requirements:

An honours degree in Statistics or a four-year Bachelor's degree equivalent to the UCT honours degree in Statistical Sciences with a mark of at least 65% in the 4th year of study at the first attempt.

Prescribed curriculum

The curriculum comprises of three compulsory core courses, elective courses and a minor dissertation.

Compulsory courses

 Simulation and Optimisation  STA5071Z  15 credits
 Advanced Topics in Regression  STA5090Z  15 credits
 Multivariate Statistics  STA5069Z  15 credits

Students will choose elective courses to bring the total number of coursework credits to a minimum of 90 NQF credits.  Students may choose to take electives from other departments with prior approval of the Programme Convener.

Elective courses:

 Advanced Portfolio Theory  STA5086Z  15 credits
 Machine Learning  STA5068Z  15 credits
 Bayesian Decision Modelling  STA5061Z  15 credits
 Design of Clinical Trials  STA5063Z  15 credits
 Ecological Statistics  STA5064Z  15 credits
 Mathematical Modelling for Infectious Diseases  STA5066Z  15 credits
 Longitudinal Data Analysis  STA5067Z  15 credits
 Survival Analysis  STA5072Z  15 credits
 Data Analysis for High-Frequency Trading  STA5091Z  15 credits
 Databases for Data Scientists  CSC5007Z  12 credits
 Visualization  CSC5008Z  12 credits
 Bioinformatics for high-throughput biology  IBS5004Z  15 credits

The minor dissertation component of 90 NQF credits is a research project based on a selected research topic.

 Minor Dissertation:

Statistics & Data Science Minor dissertation  STA5004W  90 credits

Progression Rules:

Students are required to pass modules adding up to 90 credits to qualify for the coursework component of the degree.  All core courses must be passed.  Students are allowed to repeat a failed module once.  Students should pass at least 3 modules in their first year of registration to be allowed to continue with the degree.  Students may not progress to elective modules unless they have passed at least 4 modules to be allowed to continue with the degree. Students may take a maximum of three years to complete their coursework requirements.  Students may register for the dissertation components of the degree if they have passed 3 modules.  They may however, not submit their dissertation for examination before they have passed all required modules.