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Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 5 years maximum.1.5 years full-time.
Mode of deliveryOnline
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022),
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Program Code40112

Study a Master of Data Science

A Master of Data Science from the University of Newcastle will equip you with the essential specialised skills and knowledge required to understand and engage with a variety of data generated from diverse industries and settings. This professional and industry oriented program will enable you to apply your theoretical statistical and computational knowledge to better understand and explore data using applied problem solving and computer practice.

Why Study with us?

  • Unique program offering - one of the only Master of Data Science programs in Australia that offers specialisations to allow you to shape your studies to align with your chosen career path. You can choose to specialise in Computational Intelligence or Health Data Analysis.
  • Acquire contemporary data science knowledge - This program has been developed by our data science experts in consultation with industry, so you will be equipped with the latest skills to deliver the needs of tomorrow’s workplace.
  • Study online at your own pace - the University of Newcastle’s advanced online learning system will enable you to achieve your Master of Data Science at a time that suits you. This program is one of only a handful of Master of Data Science degrees in Australia which offers 100% online study.
  • Gain real-world skills – graduates of this program will be equipped to model real-world situations, to think abstractly and to manage, analyse, interpret, visualise, and effectively communicate data.
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What you will study

You will gain the ability to model real-world situations, to think abstractly and to manipulate, analyse, interpret, visualise and effectively communicate data.

Analytical thinking and innovation, critical thinking and analysis, technology use, monitoring and control, technology design and programming and reasoning, problem-solving and ideation are all embedded within this degree, and are skills that have been identified as being in demand and emerging according to the World Economic Forum’s The Future of Jobs Report 2020.

Your core studies will focus on the following areas:

  • Databases and Information Management
  • Data Wrangling and Visualisation
  • Big Data
  • Predictive Analytics

Entry options and duration

This program recognises prior learning. Admission is available to applicants who can demonstrate a suitable combination of education, professional experience and industry qualifications.

The table below outlines the number of years experience required, depending on your previous educational qualifications.

Educational Qualification

Number of years relevant industry experience*

Units required to complete Masters (10 units = 1 course)

3 Year Bachelor (in a non-related field of study)



3 Year Bachelor (in a non-related field of study)


80 - 120

3 Year Bachelor or Bachelor (Hons) degree (in a related field of study)


80 - 120

Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (in a related field of study)



Please note: Students completing 80 units and all core courses are eligible to receive an AQF level 8 Graduate Diploma exit award.

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.

View the full course list


Career opportunities

Possible career opportunities include:

  • Data Scientist
  • Data Engineer
  • Data Manager
  • Biostatistician/Bioinformatician
  • Business Analyst
  • Data and Insights Expert
  • Researcher
  • Data Analyst and Scientist
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Specialist
  • Big Data Specialist

These are all emerging roles which have been identified as being in high demand in Australia according to the World Economic Forum’s The Future of Jobs Report 2020.

How to apply

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

  • Students with a three year, Bachelor degree (AQF level 7) or higher in a different discipline area (also called non-cognate discipline) to data science and their chosen specialisation are eligible to undertake the 120 unit program which can be completed in 2 years full time (commencing Semester 1), 1.5 years full time (commencing Semester 2) or up to 5 years part time. 
  • Students with a three year Bachelor degree (AQF level 7) or higher in a non-cognate discipline who also hold a minimum of five years demonstrable Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) in an area related to data science and/or their chosen specialisation (also called cognate discipline) may be eligible to study between 80 and 120 units, inclusive.
  • Students with a three year Bachelor degree (AQF level 7) or Bachelor (Honours) (AQF 8) in a cognate discipline to data science and/or their specialisation may be eligible to study between 80 and 120 units, inclusive.
  • Students with a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma (AQF level 8) in a cognate discipline to data science and/or data analytics may be eligible to undertake an 80 unit program which can be completed in 1 year full time or part time equivalent.

All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.5 with no subtest result below 6.0 

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