Data science


Study data science at Deakin and become an invaluable member of organisations and governments around the world. Learn how to extract value from big data, unlock hidden patterns and provide meaningful strategic insight in this rapidly growing industry.

Explore your study options

Skilled data analysts are in high demand as organisations increasingly rely on data specialists to provide a strategic advantage in the competitive business world. Throughout your data science degree, you'll gain the skills and knowledge to transform data into meaningful and persuasive insights that inform decision-making.


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.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Choose a data science degree that will get you work ready

Develop innovative solutions for government and business by interpreting complex, raw data to produce strategic insights through artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Graduate with the skills to succeed

You'll graduate work-ready with the skills needed to excel in the fast-paced world of business and technology. Your core data analytics, commercial and personal skills will be highly valued by employers seeking greater efficiencies and competitive advantage through data insights.

Put your knowledge to the test

Studying at Deakin gives you access to our DISCovery Lab, where you’ll work on real-world problems and challenges faced by industry in an agile production environment. Engage with external organisations, work with your peers, and put your newfound theory and technical skills into practice.

Professional recognition

Most of our IT courses are accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). This ensures a high quality of education and provides you with international recognition as an ICT industry professional, making you stand out to future employers.

Top professional roles in data science

With 84,000 new jobs for ICT professionals projected by 2033,* data science graduates are in high demand around the world. Skilled data science and analytics professionals are crucial to all industries, thanks to their ability to transform big data into valuable insights.

Typical roles can be found across business and scientific fields, as well as within governments, and include:

  • analytics consultant
  • analytics programmer
  • business analyst
  • business intelligence specialist
  • business strategist
  • computer system analyst
  • data analyst
  • data scientist
  • data strategist
  • information analyst
  • information manager/officer
  • management analyst
  • market analyst
  • project manager
  • predictive modeller
  • systems designer.

Learn with the best

Deakin is ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide for computer science and information systems. This rating highlights our world-class facilities, academic reputation, employer reputation and research impact.

A data scientist possesses a very broad and varied set of skills - coding, analysing, problem solving, communication, and many more…there are so many opportunities in the current developing world that allow you to work with data and create insightful information and applications from it.”

Alex Vuong

Master of Data Science

Industry-informed teaching

Our teaching and research staff are experts in their fields, with broad international links and connections with industry. Our courses are designed to meet industry needs, ensuring what we teach is up-to-date and reflects what organisations need. You'll also have the opportunity to learn from professionals in the field through industry guest lecturers, and can contribute to research and development projects.

Industry-based learning

Industry placements allow you to immerse yourself in a professional setting, developing your practical and job-ready skills that employers look for. Developing these professional networks while you study opens a world of possibilities.

Research with us

Develop your theories and ideas at a highly conceptual level. Research in this area can bring real value and practical benefits to your place of employment – not just academia. Research anything from examining big data to data science and manipulation.

Want to explore more?

If you're dreaming of an exciting and rewarding career in data science, find out why a Deakin degree is the right choice for you.

Tackle real-world industry projects in Deakin's DISCovery Lab

In the final year of your IT degree, you’ll get to leave your textbooks aside to put theory and technical skills to practice.

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*Jobs and Skills Australia, National Employment Projections 2023 to 2033.
Deakin references data from a range of government, higher education and reputable media sources. For more information, visit our list of sources.

Contact us

Got a question about our data science courses? Our course advisers are available to speak to you about your study options and how we can help you further your career.

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