Postgraduate Programs 2022/23
Master of Science Program in Data-Driven Modeling
Award Title

Master of Science in Data-Driven Modeling

Program Short Name


Mode of Study

Both full- and part-time

Normative Program Duration

Full-time : 1 year
Part-time : 2 years

Program Fee


Offering Unit
Program Advisor

Program Director:
Prof Michael K Y WONG, Professor of Physics

Jointly offered by the Departments of Physics and Mathematics, the program aims at cultivating the next generation to have strong skills in problem-solving and logical thinking so that they become competent in the data science sector. The program provides students hands-on experience in analyzing large amount of data and extract significant features from them, thereby provide valuable insights to understand complex situations and facilitate smart decision making for businesses, industries and services.

The normative study period is one year in full-time, and two years in part-time mode.


On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Handle large amount of data using computational tools;
  2. Extract significant features from the data using scientific programming and statistical learning;
  3. Select appropriate hardware for different computational tasks;
  4. Interpret time-dependent data using concepts of stochastic processes;
  5. Utilize quantitative skills to make predictions;
  6. Provide solutions to optimization problems and for decision making through data-based modeling; and
  7. Adopt an innovation-minded attitude in exploring new uses of data-driven modeling.
  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

    30 credits 


  1. Core Courses

    15 credits

MSDM 5001
MSDM 5002
MSDM 5003
MSDM 5004
MSDM 5005


  1. Elective Courses

    15 credits

MSDM 5051
MSDM 5053
MSDM 5054
MSDM 5056
MSDM 5058
MSDM 5059
MSDM 6980
PHYS 5120


Apart from the electives in the MSc(DDM) Program, students are allowed to take up to 3 credits of electives offered by the MSc Program in Financial Mathematics, subject to approval of the Program Director.


  1. Remarks

    Part-time students may take a maximum of 9 credits in each term.


Last update: 18 May 2021

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

1. General Admission Requirements of the University
  • Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification.

2. English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL-iBT: 80*

  • TOEFL-pBT: 550

  • TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5

* refers to the total score in one single attempt

Applicants are not required to present TOEFL or IELTS score if

  • their first language is English, or

  • they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

3. Additional Information
  • A bachelor’s degree in Science or Engineering disciplines, or
  • A bachelor’s degree in other discipline and:
    • Have relevant working experience in computation-related fields, and
    • Have working knowledge in at least one computer language, and basic training in calculus and linear algebra.

Apply online before the application deadlines.


Application Fee


Application Deadlines

For 2022/23 Fall Term Intake (commencing in Sep 2022):

Non-local Applicants*
Full-time: 1 Dec 2021 (Round 1); 1 Mar 2022 (Round 2); 3 May 2022 (Round 3)
Part-time: 1 Dec 2021 (Round 1); 1 Mar 2022 (Round 2); 3 May 2022 (Round 3)

Local Applicants
Full-time: 1 Dec 2021 (Round 1); 1 Mar 2022 (Round 2); 3 May 2022 (Round 3)
Part-time: 1 Dec 2021 (Round 1); 1 Mar 2022 (Round 2); 3 May 2022 (Round 3)

 * Applicants are considered as non-local students if they hold (i) student visa/ entry permit; or (ii) visa under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG); or (iii) dependent visa/entry permit who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa/ entry permit by the Director of Immigration. For details on student visa/ entry permit requirements, please click here.