Graduate Diploma in Data Science

Graduate Diploma in Data Science

The online Graduate Diploma in Data Science at UNSW covers the foundational skills of data science as applied in computer science, economics and mathematics. It also includes programming, statistics and data systems. 

You’ll learn these core skills in online courses such as Strategic Decision Making, Statistical Inference, Data Visualisation and Communication, Multivariate Analysis and Big Data Management. 

The fast-tracked model means you can graduate with a diploma in as little as 16 months, plus it gives you a pathway to study the Master of Data Science.

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  • Qualification:
    Graduate Diploma
  • Study mode:
    Online
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
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  • Duration:
    Accelerated; complete in as little as 16 months
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  • Awarded by:
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  • Location:
    Online
  • Career Outcomes:
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The online Graduate Diploma in Data Science at UNSW covers the foundational skills of data science as applied in computer science, economics and mathematics. It also includes programming, statistics and data systems. 

You’ll learn these core skills in online courses such as Strategic Decision Making, Statistical Inference, Data Visualisation and Communication, Multivariate Analysis and Big Data Management. 

The fast-tracked model means you can graduate with a diploma in as little as 16 months, plus it gives you a pathway to study the Master of Data Science.

Eligibility

To do this course, you'll need:

  • A recognised bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification) in a non-cognate discipline AND have sufficient Data Science background as indicated by an average of 65 or above across three Level III courses in Mathematics and/or Statistics and/or Computer Science and/or Econometrics; OR
  • A recognised bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification) in a non-cognate discipline AND have sufficient Data Science background as indicated by at least five years of experience in a data science or data analytics role; AND
  • To be proficient in the English language.

Entry via nested qualification 

  • If you have completed a Graduate Certificate in Data Science with a WAM of 65% or higher as per the UNSW Admissions entry calculator, you can progress to the Graduate Diploma in Data Science.  

 

The Graduate Diploma in Data Science comprises eight online subjects. Completing these courses will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of Data Science, and the practices crucial to decision-making techniques and good data storytelling.

Core subjects (six total):

  • Principles of Programming
  • Foundations of Data Science
  • Statistical Inference for Data Scientists
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning
  • Regression Analysis for Data Scientists
  • One of: Strategic Decision Making or Database Systems

Elective subjects (choose two provided the prerequisites are met and subjects are available):

  • Big Data Management
  • Data Visualisation and Communication
  • Multivariate Analysis for Data Scientists
  • Neural Networks, Deep Learning
  • Bayesian Inference and Computation
  • Decision Making in Analytics
  • Data and Ethics
  • Strategic Decision Making (if not chosen as core subject)
  • Database Systems (if not chosen as core subject)

 

Should you choose to pursue Master of Data Science upon the successful completion of your Graduate Diploma, the following prerequisites must be considered: 

  • Principles of Programming is a prerequisite for Data Mining & Machine Learning, Neural Networks, Deep Learning & Big Data Management.
  • Foundations of Data Science is a prerequisite for Regression Analysis for Data Scientists, Data Visualisation and Communication & Multivariate Analysis for Data Scientists.
  • Statistical Inference for Data Scientists is a prerequisite for Regression Analysis for Data Scientists & Multivariate Analysis for Data Scientists.

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UNSW is a globally recognised leader in education, with a focus on industry applicable programs. When you study online with UNSW, you can expect to learn from world-class academics and collaborate with ambitious, like-minded individuals.

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Studying online at UNSW means that you have the flexibility to shape your studies to fit your life and career goals. The programs have been designed with busy working professionals in mind so you can study one course at a time, 100% online & accelerated, whilst working full-time.

Designed by Industry for Industry

The UNSW online programs have been developed in close consultation with industry experts equipping you with applicable and career-related skills. UNSW is ranked in the top 3 universities in Australia for graduate employability, and is 27th in the world (QS University World Rankings by Graduate Employability, 2020) with each program offering advanced disciplinary depth, giving you access to the latest thinking and current research.

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Student Success Advisors:

Studying online does not mean studying alone. We are here to help you make your difference. Throughout your study journey, you will be able to turn to your Student Success Advisor (SSA), who is committed to assisting you at every stage, from enrolment through to graduation. Your SSA is on hand to help with all non-academic queries by phone or email.

Where Will It Lead Me?

When you graduate, you'll receive a Graduate Diploma in Data Science from UNSW Online.

Skilled data scientists are in high demand and the online Graduate Diploma in Data Science will establish you as an expert in data science, enabling you to seek employment opportunities in a wide variety of industries. 

Curious about where a career in programming could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

The 2022 Indicative Domestic Tuition Fee is $34,590. 

The total indicative cost of completing your degree depends on the elective subjects you choose to complete and any recognition of prior learning before the commencement of your studies. 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. Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees.

Eligible students may be able to apply for a government loan scheme, FEE-HELP.

FEE-HELPYou may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $47,014 (2021-22 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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