Elevate your career prospects with the Graduate Diploma in Data Science and Decisions. This program will enable you to take advantage of the growing demand for data scientists and data analysts.

 

Faculty
Faculty of Science
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Graduate Diploma in Data Science and Decisions
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
1 - 1 Year(s)

Overview

Our world contains an unimaginably vast amount of digital information. Extracting meaning from this data can drive business forward, enable next-generation scientific breakthroughs and produce benefits that make a positive difference in our world. But it’s a challenging task which requires strong skills and training.

Data scientists are the people with that expertise, which explains why they have become key players in today’s job market. From industries as varied as health, defence, finance, transport and logistics, to agriculture, media and technology, there’s a growing reliance on data science professionals to deliver meaningful business insights.

Prepare yourself for excellent employment opportunities in this fast-growing field with the Graduate Diploma in Data Science and Decisions. Your study will explore programming languages, problem-solving and processing/interpreting/presenting data using qualitative and quantitative techniques.

Why study at UNSW?

Learn with the best

  • We’re ranked 38th in the world and 1st in Australia for Mathematics.*
  • We’re ranked 36th in the world and 1st in Australia for Engineering & Technology.**
  • UNSW Economics and Econometrics is ranked in the top 50 worldwide.***

Harness the expertise of three schools
You’ll benefit from the expertise of educators across three different schools at UNSW: Mathematics and StatisticsComputer Science and Engineering and Economics.

Leverage our industry connections
Advance your career with industry relevant skills and experience. Tap into our network of 400+ industry and research partners to expand your professional connections.

Join a supportive student community
At UNSW, equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to our success. We’re also committed to inspiring women to pursue an enriching career path in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 - Mathematics
**QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 - Engineering & Technology
***QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 - Economics & Econometrics

 

Program Code
5959
CRICOS Code
0100703
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
48

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Entry requirements

For entry into this degree, you must have one of the following:

  • a Bachelor of Mathematics
  • a Bachelor of Science with a major in mathematics, statistics or computer science
  • a Bachelor of Data Science and Decisions
  • an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline as determined by the program authority

You also need to have a sufficient background in mathematics and/or statistics and/or data science, as indicated by an average of 70 or above in appropriate level III university courses.

 

English language requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

For entry into this degree, you must have one of the following:

  • a Bachelor of Mathematics
  • a Bachelor of Science with a major in mathematics, statistics or computer science
  • a Bachelor of Data Science and Decisions
  • an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline as determined by the program authority

You also need to have a sufficient background in mathematics and/or statistics and/or data science, as indicated by an average of 70 or above in appropriate level III university courses.

 

English language requirements​


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Full program structure

Future careers

The era of Big Data

With quintillion bytes of data generated each day, it’s safe to say that we’re in the era of big data. Social media, the Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning and artificial intelligence are driving the trends in data and influencing the role of data scientists.

As the big data boom rolls on, your skills will be central to a range of roles in information-rich industries including:

  • internet search
  • fraud detection
  • targeted advertising
  • logistics planning
  • speech recognition
  • image analysis
  • genetic risk prediction
  • virtual reality
  • customer loyalty
  • product development
  • autonomous vehicles.

What does a career in this field look like?

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.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$31,200*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$31,200*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the university and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only - other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year you enrol in, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

 

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$46,200*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$47,200*

*Fees are subject to annual review by the university and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only - other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year you enrol in, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

 

Scholarships

At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


  • Top 50
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2020.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

UNSW has a strong focus on industry collaborations with opportunities for students to network.
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