English language requirements
Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org
One year part-time
Current Deakin Students
To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook
The Graduate Certificate of Data Science covers modern data science concepts, statistical data analysis, descriptive analytics and machine learning to equip you with the theory, methodologies, techniques and tools of modern data science and the ability to confidently work with any type of data, to identify trends, make predictions, draw conclusions, drive innovations, make decisions, and to share information that influences people.
The sheer volume and complexity of data already at the fingertips of business gives rise to challenges that must be solved by tomorrow’s graduates. Employers are placing increasing emphasis on the use of data to inform day-to-day operations and long-term strategic decisions. This course gives you essential skills in data analytics, enabling you to discover insights and support decision making across a range of industries.Read More
To complete the Graduate Certificate of Data Science, students must attain 4 credit points. Most units (think of units as ‘subjects’) are equal to 1 credit point. So that means in order to gain 4 credit points, you’ll need to study 4 units (AKA ‘subjects’) over your entire degree. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.
The course comprises a total of 4 credit points, which must include the following:
- Four (4) core Introductory Data Science Studies units (SIT720, SIT741, SIT742, MIS771) (4 credit points)
- Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.
Year 1 - Trimester 1
Year 1 - Trimester 2
2021 course information
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.
Campuses by intake
Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.
Trimester 1 - March
- Start date: March
- Available at:
- Cloud Campus
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – Please note that due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in Deakin’s Cloud Campus.
Mandatory student checks
Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.
You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.
Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.
Entry will be based on performance in:
- Bachelor's degree (AQF7) in a related discipline; OR
- 2 years relevant work experience; OR
- Graduate Certificate of Data Analytics (or equivalent); OR
- Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.
IELTS / English language requirements
Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.
It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)
Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Recognition of prior learning
Deakin aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations.
Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course with Deakin, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed with Deakin.
You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning Page which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin degree and how to apply for credit.
Recognition of Prior Learning may be granted to applicants based on prior studies and/or equivalent industry experience.
Fees and scholarships
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.
The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of study. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.
Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.
Learn more about tuition fees.
A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.
If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.
How to apply
Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.
Further study options:
Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate of Data Science, you could use the credit points you’ve earned to enter into further study, including:
S777 Master of Data Science
Why choose Deakin
Graduates of this course are prepared for professional employment across all sectors as data science specialists. Professionals with a solid knowledge in data science and strong skills for analysing and interpreting data in today's data-rich economy are in high demand and may find careers as data analysts, data scientists, analytics programmers, analytics managers, analytics consultants, business analysts, management advisors, management analysts, business advisors and strategists, marketing managers, market research analysts and marketing specialists.
Course learning outcomes
Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Develop data analytics solutions based on user requirements by applying coherent knowledge of the analytics discipline using various machine learning and big data analytics tools and techniques. Apply statistical analysis and visualisation techniques appropriately to interpret analytics outcomes.
Communicate effectively in order to design, evaluate and respond to a range of data analytics problems and utilise a range of verbal, graphical and written forms, customised for diverse audiences.
Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, select, analyse, evaluate and disseminate both technical and professional information.
Appraise information using logical and analytical thinking to identify user requirements and propose appropriate solutions.
Design solutions for automating data analysis processes by applying foundational technical knowledge and tools.
Work autonomously and responsibly to create solutions to user problems and actively apply fundamental knowledge of data science and methodologies to meet user requirements.
Work independently and collaboratively towards achieving the outcomes of a group project.
Engage in professional and ethical behaviour in the collection, processing, and presentation of data.
Approved by Faculty Board 27 June 2019