Real world data science experience

Our data science students are building their knowledge and practical skills with industry experience

Students in our Master of Data Science degree have the option of working with an industry partner on a project that addresses business needs.

“There is a huge range of industries requiring data analysis and information technology services, from cancer research to retail, and construction to government agencies, and our placements reflect that,” says subject coordinator, Dr Dimetre Triadis.

“Students can take one of two industry placement subjects and focus on statistics and data analysis, or computer science and software.”

Students graduate with project experience and are introduced to the expectations and culture of professional environments.

“Graduates need to be able to communicate clearly and effectively in a professional environment, and to understand the priorities, problems and culture of business. Our industry-based learning projects provide opportunities for students to hone these soft skills,” explains Triadis.

Master of Data Science student, Amelia Vella, recently completed her industry project with Telstra. “I worked within the Connect and Care Improvement Team, to improve the customer experience,” she says.

Vella worked with different stakeholders to investigate how long particular computational processes take. Using an industry-relevant programming language, she streamlined the process.

Vella also presented her findings to other interns and Telstra team members.

“This project improved my technical skills and gave me practical experience,” she says. “My communication skills also improved as I learned how to articulate questions and insights clearly to different stakeholders.”

“I enjoyed learning from a variety of people at Telstra, and discovering the opportunities that are available,” says Vella. “My team was generous with their time and ensured that my experience was insightful and fulfilling.”

“I chose the Master of Data Science because I enjoy problem solving and critical thinking,” Vella adds. “And now, based on my industry experience, I am completing my final semester with elective subjects chosen to benefit my future career. I am looking forward to joining Telstra’s graduate program in 2022.”

Find out more about our Master of Data Science degree and Department of Mathematics and Statistics on our website.