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WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$4,412 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Master of Science in Data Science
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Science
Campus:East Campus
Course Type:Masters of Science by coursework and research
Application Deadline: September 2021
Programme Overview

Generally speaking, Data Science is an emerging transdisciplinary field to study “data”. Data Science integrates a number of relevant disciplines such as statistics, computing, communication, management, and sociology to turn data into useful predictions and insights. MSc by Coursework and Research Report in the field of Data Science aims to train the students to gain an interdisciplinary perspective on the emerging fields of Data Science.

Curriculum
The programme comprises compulsory and elective modules. Cross-disciplinary data-driven projects are offered both within the University and from a wide range of industry partners. A candidate must undertake modules to the value of 180 credits and must successfully complete the following courses:
Compulsory courses
– Research Report: Data Science (90 credits, Year 2)
– Research Methods and Capstone Project in Data Science (15 credits, Year 1)
– Adaptive Computation and Machine Learning (15 credits, Year 1)
– Large Scale Computing Systems and Scientific Programming (15 credits, Year 1)
– Mathematical Foundations of Data Science (15 credits, Year 1)
– Statistical Foundations of Data Science (15 credits, Year 1)
– Computational Intelligence (15 credits, Year 1)
Elective courses
– Data Privacy and Ethics (15 credits, Year 1)
– Special Topics in Data Science (15 credits, Year 1)
– Natural Language Technology (15 credits, Year 1)
Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have a Bachelor of Science with Honours degree from a relevant discipline in Science (Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics) or a relevant NQF level 8 qualification or a relevant Professional Engineering Degree with demonstrable knowledge of basic principles of Algorithms, Computing, Calculus, Linear Algebra, Probability and Statistics.

Additional Entry Requirements
Applicants require a minimum average of 75 percent

Application Process
Application Fees for South African and SADC students: $13
Application Fees for International Students: $13

– Applications are handled centrally by the Student Enrolment Centre (SEnC). Once your application is complete in terms of requested documentation, your application will be referred to the relevant School for assessment.
Apply onlineUpload your supporting documents at the time of application, or via the Self Service Portal.
– Applicants can monitor the progress of their applications via the Self Service Portal, view academic application status, accept an offer (once certified hardcopies have been received by SEnC), apply and check residence application status, and generate a fees estimate.
– Selections for programmes that have a limited intake but attract a large number of applications may only finalise the application at the end of the application cycle.
– All students for this programme, pay an application fee of R200

Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place. Final selection is made subject to the availability of places, academic results and other entry requirements where applicable.

For more information, contact the Student Call Centre +27 (0)11 717 1888, or log a query at www.wits.ac.za/askwits.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the programme can find data-orientated roles within
– academic institutions,
– technology, healthcare companies and
– the finance sector.

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Tuition Fees for South African and SADC students: $4,412
Tuition Fees for International Students: $4,412

Tuition Fees per year for South African Students = R66,900
Tuition Fees per year for International Students = R66,900
(The tuition fees for International students includes an additional International Registration fee R6,650 to the normal fees.)

**Students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries pay also annual local tuition fees and related costs (The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe)

International Students should take note:
– 75% of the annual tuition fee is payable on or before registration, as well as 75% of the on-campus accommodation fee.
– This payment includes the annual tuition fees and other related costs.
– The balance of the fees is payable by 31 March for undergraduate students, and for postgraduate students 30 days after registration. This excludes students with Refugee status.
– Fees clearance is to be obtained from the Fees Office.
– If you are sponsored, your sponsorship letter has to be vetted by the Financial Aid and Scholarships
Office (FASO).
– All international students (those who are not South African citizens or who do not have permanent residence status in South Africa) are required by the Department of Home Affairs to provide proof of available funds for the tuition fee for the academic year prior to receiving his/her study visa.

Relevant Contact

 
Turgay Celik
Programme co-ordinator