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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 2 - 19 Jul 2021
  • Trimester 3 - 23 Aug 2021
Mode of delivery


Program code: 40162

Study Data Science

The data science industry is constantly evolving, and the specialised knowledge is used around the world every day. Understanding data is vital to the success of any business and the science behind various data sets plays an important part in decision making through evidence-based research.

If you’re interested in updating your skills and staying on top of an ever-changing industry, the Graduate Certificate in Data Science will help you get there.

Equip yourself with the essential professional skills and knowledge to understand and engage with a variety of data generated from diverse industries and settings.

Your studies will incorporate understanding and analysing Big Data through statistical learning, classification, and dimension reduction methods to utilise the critical information within these enormous amounts of data.

Bringing together several key theories and technologies used in manipulating, storing, and analysing big data, you’ll also focus on visual explorations through formal analytical testing, modelling, and data mining methods.

While data exploration is important, scientific interrogation and evidence-based decision-making is critical. You’ll also learn to model real-world situations, think abstractly and manipulate, analyse, interpret, visualise and effectively communicate data.

Your studies will focus on the latest industry developments and you will acquire an understanding of data science, from the basic skills of data processing and visualisation to building sophisticated descriptive and predictive models.

Why study with us?

  • Keep up with a fast-paced industry - 75% of the fastest growing occupations require Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills.
  • Learn from some of the best in the field – our data science experts are specialists in fields such as science, mathematics, statistics, engineering and information technology. These experts will challenge you and help you build on your skills, so you can take on more senior roles in the data science industry.
  • Expand your career opportunities – apply the practical skills and knowledge that you gain during your studies to specialise in your current workplace, or up-skill to progress in your career path.

Graduate Certificate in Data Science professional student at computer

What you will study

A Graduate Certificate in Data Science from the University of Newcastle will provide you with the specialised skills to extract and communicate information from data. If you’re already a data scientist, or working in a related industry, this program will expand your practical skills and give you knowledge of the latest developments in the industry.

You’ll focus on the following areas:

  • Data Wrangling and Visualisation
  • The Science of Data Interrogation
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Big Data

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

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Career opportunities

At the beginning of 2017, Australia experienced a large spike in people looking for a new job, with data scientist jobs surging by 138 per cent in January compared to the average level of job searches over 2016. After being coined the sexiest job of the 21st century, the growth in the interest around these types of roles is driven by the enormous job potential within this field.

Be on the forefront of an emerging field where companies are recognising the importance of the value of data and how this can be integrated into business strategy. Study a Graduate Certificate in Data Science at the University of Newcastle and expand your career options to take on roles like:

  • data scientist
  • data engineer
  • data manager
  • biostatistician/bioinformatician
  • business analyst
  • data and insights expert
  • researcher