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Graduate Certificate in Data Science

Overview

If you are a graduate with qualifications in qualitative areas such as health and education, the Graduate Certificate in Data Science will provide you with the data science capability to complement your existing skills and provide a pathway to the Master of Data Science.

Data is a vital asset to an organisation. It can provide valuable insights into customer behaviour, market intelligence and operational performance. Data scientists build intelligent systems to manage, interpret, understand and derive key knowledge from this data. Leveraging the University of Sydney's research strengths, you will explore the latest in data mining, machine learning and data visualisation while developing the skills to communicate data insights to key stakeholders effectively.

Specialisations

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

Applying for honours

Admission requirement

To be eligible for admission, an applicant is required to have:

  • an Australian bachelor's degree in a quantitative* discipline with a minimum 60 percent average or equivalent qualification or
  • an Australian bachelor's degree with honours, graduate certificate, graduate diploma in a non-quantitative discipline with a credit average (65 percent) or equivalent qualification.

*A quantitative discipline includes data science, computer science, mathematics, statistics, engineering, physics, economics, finance or other disciplines that are deemed equivalent. As a guideline, the curriculum of a quantitative discipline should include some study of mathematics or statistics at the tertiary level.

Some background in computing is beneficial. For qualifications awarded outside Australia, equivalencies and entry requirements are determined based on the country, institution and qualification. Any grade requirements listed are based on the University of Sydney grading system .

Course opportunities

Graduates of the MDS develop proficiencies in broad data literacy and applied contexts, a critical understanding of data management and analytics technology and core capabilities for delivering and communicating data science projects. They have a mastery of the most current knowledge in data science, interpreting new knowledge critically and analytically, and have the skills to design, execute and evaluate their own research or projects with autonomy. They think strategically and logically, keep abreast of new data science developments and are able to deliver analytical models and data-driven systems.

Professional accreditation

Career pathways & prospects
Future study options

Graduate opportunities

The Graduate Certificate in Data Science provides a pathway into the Master of Data Science for students who non-quantitative Bachelors degrees. The training it provides also supports several career paths, by: honing data skills at the frontier of machine intelligence research to become a data scientist for hire; upskilling to build intelligent data-driven systems in an existing area of expertise (e.g., mining analyst); improving scientific research through training in data management, analysis, and modelling.

Career information for UAC

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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