Graduate Certificate in Data Science

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.


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.

Course outline

Further course information

Progression rules

A candidate for the Graduate Certificate in Data Science must complete the following core units of study: COMP5310, STAT5002, COMP9007, COMP9120, comprising 24 credit points. To gain admission to the Master of Data Science, a candidate must attain a credit average for these units of study.

The units of study taken as part of the Graduate Certificate in Data Science are not embedded in the Master of Data Science. Therefore, students who continue with the Master of Data Science upon completion of this Graduate Certificate will need to complete all 48 credit points (one year full-time study) to graduate.

Course outcomes and further study

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.

Further study

The University of Sydney is a research intensive institution with a strong track record of technology transfer and commercialisation. After completion of the Graduate Certificate in Data Science with a credit average, you are eligible for admission to the Master of Data Science, and other Masters IT coursework degrees. This opens the pathway to higher research degree admission within the School of Information Technology, where research activities focus on algorithmics and applications, enterprise computing, human-centred computing, and IT applications in health care. Students completing a research degree undertake supervised research and submit a written thesis at the completion of their studies in the degree of Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy.

Admission

Admission requirements

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.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Handbooks Online and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the University’s online application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page. For more information you can visit our How to Apply page.

International students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the University’s online application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page. For more information you can visit our How to Apply page.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the 2017 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 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 2017 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 fees 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.