Data Science

If you are looking to up skill an existing skill set in the disciplines, but not limited to, Computer Science, Information Systems, Information Technology, Mathematics, Software Engineering, Statistics or Agriculture, a postgraduate course in Data Science may be for you.

On this page you can find information about our postgraduate course offerings of study in Data Science. You can find out about the individual subjects (units) that are offered in the courses. You can also find out about career opportunities and some of the advantages of studying Data Science at UNE.

Our Data Science course offerings are entry-level postgraduate course that complements any existing skill set and provides opportunity to up-skill for positions that have a rigorous quantitative aspect. Graduates from this program will be well-equipped to tackle complex data science challenges and play a leading role in the future development of data science solutions globally.

Why Study Data Science?

In the digital age data is the core asset of every organization. It provides the basis for sensible, evidence-based decision making, and the ability to manage and make sense of the modern workplace. The volume of data is growing exponentially hence the employment demand for data scientists is growing

The Master of Data Science is an entry-level postgraduate course that complements any existing skill set and provides opportunity to up-skill for positions that have a rigorous quantitative aspect.

Why Study at UNE?

UNE has had extensive experience teaching computer science and IT.

We have expanded our core course offerings to include the postgraduate courses: Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Data Science.

The Master of Data Science is designed for graduates from all disciplines to complement their existing skills with a solid background in statistics and computer science, preparing them for advanced subjects in data science.

Career Opportunities

Data science is a rapidly growing field with outstanding employment prospects for appropriately qualified professionals. Potential positions include: data scientist, business intelligence analyst, data engineer, data architect, data strategist, healthcare data managers, bioinformatics analyst, computational scientist and research scientists.

Frequently Asked Questions

What qualifications and background do I need to be able to enrol for one of the courses in Data Science?

Provided you have an AQF Level 7 Bachelor qualification, you are able to complete Data Science studies at postgraduate level at UNE whether or not you have a qualification in a an approved area which have been defined as:

  • Computing Science
  • Data Science
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Software Engineering
  • Statistics

How can I get into one of the Data Science courses if I don’t have a background in one of the approved areas?

You able to commence study in the Graduate Diploma or the Master degree without having a background in any of the areas listed as relevant disciplines.

The Programs of Study for these courses have been designed to provide the background knowledge required to enable you to successfully complete course requirements.

What will I actually be studying in a Data Science course?

The following courses are available:

Can I go onto further study in Data Science?

On completion of either the Graduate Certificate or the Graduate Diploma you will be eligible to enrol for the Master degree with advanced standing (credit) for studies completed in either course.

Will I have to re-locate to Armidale complete a course in Data Science?

All of our Data Science courses are offered both on-campus or online on a full-time or part-time basis.

What are the benefit of studying on campus?

Many UNE students choose to study on campus to take advantage of the location, the unique residential accommodation options and the teaching, research and sporting facilities.

Studying on campus in Armidale gives you the traditional university experience, with the added benefit of small class sizes and great access to lecturers. Academic staff are passionate about what they teach and keen to see you succeed.

How does online study work?

UNE is at the forefront of online learning.

You will access your materials via our Student Portal myUNE. Teaching material including study timetables, details of assessments, topic notes, readings, podcasts, discussion spaces and links to online resources are located on our Learning Management System, Moodle. Your lecturer will interact with you via Moodle and is also available by email or phone.

You are able to purchase textbooks through the UNE Life Shop.

You are also able to access the facilities and services of Dixson Library.

How long does it take to complete a course in Data Science?

For the Graduate Certificate you will have up to two years.

If you wish to complete the Graduate Diploma you will have up to four years.

The Master permits you up to be six years.

How much will it cost?

The Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available on a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) basis (please note:  quotas do apply) or a Full-Fee basis whilst the Master degree is offered on a Full Fee-paying basis only.  Go to Tuition Fees for further details.

How do I apply?

Go to How to apply and follow the instructions.

I’ve completed study at another university – can I get advanced standing (credit) for that?

If you have completed study at another tertiary institution you are able to apply for Advanced Standing (please note:  this is a separate process to applying to enrol for the course).

When I’m actually enrolling for a course how do I select which units I should be completing?  How do I plan my study?

All units approved for your course are listed in the Program of Study for your course.

If your course includes Core Units, you will need to commence your study with these units. This is particularly important in the Master degree as the topics you cover in the Core Units will inform your decision on the particular area of Data Science you wish to concentrate on when completing the Research/Capstone Experience units.

Who can I contact for further information and advice on admission requirements and programs of study?

If you interested in furthering your career in the area of data science, the Course Coordinator is more than happy to discuss your options and help you choose the program which most suits your needs and background.


For more information please contact the course coordinator for data science.

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