Graduate Diploma of Data Science

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  • Qualification:
    Graduate Diploma
  • Study mode:
  • Payment options:
    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment
  • Duration:
    1.4 years (part-time only)
  • Start date:
    6 intakes a year, enquire now
  • Awarded by:
    Monash University
  • Location:
  • Career Outcomes:
    Market Researcher | Data Analyst | Data Scientist | Business Intelligence Analyst | Machine Learning Engineer | View All

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Course Rundown

Start an exciting new career in an in-demand industry with the practical online Graduate Diploma of Data Science from Monash Online.

With an estimated 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created every day, there’s skyrocketing demand for skilled data scientists who can analyse information to meet business’ needs. With this qualification, you’ll develop the practical skills and insights required to excel in this competitive industry.

 With access to internationally-recognised professors and industry-standard data tools, your learning experience is designed to ensure you’re professionally competitive and skilled to lead in this sector. In addition to training you in professional data tools, including Hadoop and Spark, this course will teach you how to visualise, analyse and manage your own data. In the course of your learning, you’ll build problem-solving skills, creativity and other personal abilities to help you thrive at work.

 When you complete your course, you’ll be able to seek employment in a diverse range of industries, including information management, public security, financial management, electricity and water services, retail trade and education.


To be eligible to study this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field at a recognised Australian institution.

 An alternative entry pathway also exists through Foundation Units. Monash Online offers three Foundation Units, in programming, databases and mathematics. You can take a maximum of two Foundation Units prior to commencing your studies if you possess:

  • A bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, or science with a mathematics major plus two Foundation Units; OR
  • A non-cognate graduate diploma or master’s degree in any field at a recognised Australian institution and two years of relevant professional experience in programming or databases, plus up to two Foundation Units in an area not related to your work experience.


In this marketing course, the areas you may study include:

  • Solid analytical theory
  • R and Python
  • Big data processing tools, such as Hadoop and Spark
  • Full-circle data science
  • Bayesian machine learning and text mining
  • Visualisation
  • Social and community informatics
  • Bayesian modelling
  • Statistical machine learning

Monash University offers its students a unique learning opportunity with their 100% online courses. Receive a premier experience with their personalised and interactive online courses in health, psychology and technology.

Monash University is recognised for its excellence when in research, teaching, learning and graduate outcomes. Undertake an online course and receive full access to instructors, fellow students, and dedicated tools including discussion forums and live video chat.

With over 280,000 graduates and a ranking in the top 1% of the world’s universities (Times Higher Education Learning 2018) and in the top 60 worldwide according to the 2019 QS World University Rankings, Monash University is widely recognised and renowned as innovators of education.

As a student of Monash Online, you’ll be able to access their study planner tool, which will aid you with your time management and act as your personalised study timetable.

Their simple to navigate online courses makes online learning as seamless as possible, plus you'll have a personal Student Success Advisor to guide you throughout your learning journey.

Exchange ideas, receive feedback and generate opportunities by connecting with instructors and peers in real time.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Graduate Diploma of Data Science from Monash University.

 An in-demand specialisation, this qualification will enable you to seek employment opportunities in a wide variety of industries. Sectors seeking skilled data scientists may include information management services, media, public services including water and electricity provision, security and personal safety, retail trade, and information technology.

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

How Much Will It Cost?

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government study loan through 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 $45,881 (2019-20 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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