Data science

Students learning in the Science facilities at the UNSW Kensington campus

Shape our world through data

If you’re thinking about studying data science, you’re probably already aware of its power to shape our world. As billions of devices feed data to central databases, businesses and governments require experts to interpret that data. Data scientists have become one of the most in-demand professionals globally because they have the unique skills to unlock hidden insights within data.

Our degrees in data science will prepare you to compile, interpret and act on data in ways that make a big impact. These degrees combine training in mathematical methods, statistics, computing and business decision-making with communication skills. You’ll gain the theoretical and practical skills required to enter the field of data analysis where networking, decision-making, strategic thinking and attention to detail are essential.

Harness the expertise of three schools

Our suite of data science and decisions programs are taught across three world-leading faculties at UNSW – Science, Engineering and the UNSW Business School.

UNSW is ranked in the top 50 worldwide for Mathematics, Engineering & Technology, and Economics and Econometrics. 

Career opportunities in data science

Data science is a multidisciplinary field of study that blends mathematical methods, statistics, computing, business decisions and communication. Data scientists translate user data into insights that help companies understand their audience and personalise their products or services. Uncovering new insights and predicting trends has become vital in the retail, environmental, not-for-profit, IT and professional services sector.

Career opportunities in data science span across many industries from start-ups to established corporations including Coles, AirBnB, Spotify, Netflix and Greenpeace, to name a few. As a data scientist, you might be asked to calculate the price of new products for the market, determine warehouse or retail employee schedules, make predictions of environmental phenomena and model the spread of new diseases.

Our programs

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023