Master of Data Science (Applied) [Online] (MDS(App))

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Academic Year

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The Master of Data Science (Applied) [Online] is a fully online program suitable for students from a wide range of backgrounds and will provide the opportunity to build and consolidate practical and research skills in the application of data science. Data Science is a rapidly evolving space with implications for the future of work and our daily lives.

Students will undertake a fixed study plan within the online program, moving through four course carousels that structure their learning to build on appropriate prerequisite knowledge. The first carousel (Graduate Certificate) provides foundational content in data science, including fundamental technical content, as well as an overview of data science as an organisational process. The second carousel (Graduate Diploma), then extends this content further, providing deeper technical awareness of data science, as well as exploration of case studies of application, communication and visualisation from multiple disciplines. The third carousel (Master level) will extend the necessary skills to critically analyse data and its impact to drive changes in their organisation or area of expertise. The applied research project in the fourth carousel is where learners demonstrate their mastery through research.

The Master of Data Science (Applied) [Online] is an AQF Level 9 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 2 years. However, this program is only offered part-time for a duration of 2.7 years.


Condition of enrolment
Interruption of program: students must apply for permission from the Faculty before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Academic Program Rules for Master of Data Science (Applied) [Online]

There shall be a Master of Data Science (Applied) [Online].

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Master of Data Science (Applied) [Online], the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 48 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 48 units
  2. Students entering from a cognate discipline, and therefore restricted from undertaking COMP SCI 7210OL Foundations of Computer Science – Python A and/or COMP SCI 7211OL Foundations of Computer Science – Python B will be required to undertake the alternative course offerings. Students with permission to undertake alternative course offerings can contact Student Success Team for further information.
  3. Students without Stage 2 Mathematical Methods (or equivalent) are required to take MATHS 7203OL Applied Data Science and Mathematics in lieu of DATA 7202OL Applied Data Science. Students with permission to undertake alternative course offerings can contact Student Success Team for further information.

Core Courses