Data science and analytics

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Deakin's degrees in business analytics and data science will help you become an in-demand specialist in this rapidly growing field. Learn directly from experienced professionals to gain a competitive edge in business and learn how to turn big data into big insights.


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Study business analytics

Business analysts manage and interpret vast quantities of ‘big data’ within organisations, and present ways organisations can use technology to improve and innovate their operations. Through this field of study, you will become a professional capable of driving business growth through analytics-based solutions.

Explore data science

Learn to harness the power of data through artificial intelligence and machine learning. As a data scientist, you will develop innovative solutions to the important challenges of interpreting the enormous volumes of complex business data. Gain specialised skills in categorising and transferring raw data into influential strategic insights.

Working with data: how do business analytics and data analytics compare?

Data analytics and business analytics are two careers that involve working with large and fast-flowing volumes of volatile and highly variable real-time data, otherwise known as ‘big data’. These careers both have broad applications but there are some key differences. Where data analysts are more skilled in transforming raw data into meaningful information, business analysts sit closer to the business users, assisting them to make important strategic decisions.

We spoke to a senior lecturer from each field to fully explore the distinctions.

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Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, masters and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

State-of-the-art facilities

Deakin regularly invests in facilities so that our students have access to some of the best learning spaces, equipment and technology that the Australian university sector has to offer. You will gain experience with the same equipment that is used in industry.

Our Robotics and Internet of Things (RIoT) lab is equipped with the latest technologies in computing, robotics and cyber-physical systems. You will also have access to current state-of-the-art professional software products, such as programming IDEs, VR and content development systems.

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Quantitative analysis and modelling have become essential skills. This motivated me to improve my knowledge and skills on the subject, and I chose to study Data Science for a deeper understanding in data, algorithms, coding etc., combining traditional analytics with a sound knowledge of computer science.

Hoang Anh, Vietnam

Master of Data Science

Industry partnerships in business analytics

Deakin's programs have been developed in partnership with the biggest names in business analytics. A significant component of the Master of Business Analytics is delivered by business analytics professionals in the form of practice modules, with partnerships including IBM, Microsoft, SAS, Accenture, Altis Consulting, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, PBT Group and PwC.

Professional recognition

Deakin’s Bachelor of Business AnalyticsBachelor of Computer Science, Master of Data Science, Master of Information Technology (Professional) and Master of Business Analytics are all accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

This gives you international recognition as an industry professional, so you stand out to future employers.

How to apply: international students

Deakin University students Tatyana and Kaweesha talk through the application process at Deakin. Learn about meeting entry requirements, organising your documents and submitting your application – either directly or through a Deakin agent.

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