Master of Data Science

La Trobe University

The two-year Master of Data Science will prepare graduates for a contemporary and rewarding career using and interpreting messy data. Offering a unique combination of technical skills and real-world application, this degree will enable students to traverse any industry, any issue, and any geography. It was developed in partnership with industry and researchers, and is delivered by an academic team that is shaping practice in Victoria and internationally. Students can major in Bioinformatics, Big Data and Cloud Computing or Analytical Science, and can choose electives in Business Analytics to extend their skills and experience. Each major includes a set of core advanced subjects from computer science and mathematics/statistics disciplines and a number of specialised advanced subjects including big data high-performance programming, computational intelligence for analytics, cloud systems development, analysis of repeated measures data, meta-analysis, and bioinformatics technologies.

Course Fee:

Australian: $56,400
International: $68,000

Entry Requirements:

Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in computer science, information technology, computer engineering, or science with a major in mathematics or statistics. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.


Students must complete 240 credit points over two years of full-time or equivalent part-time study, including a minimum of 120 credit points at fifth year level.

Subjects you can Study:

Bioinformatics; Big data and cloud computing; Analytical science

Further information:

This course requires prior knowledge in cognate areas of either Computer Science, IT, and/or Mathematics and Statistics. The course starts with a semester of core fundamental subjects designed to address knowledge gaps in the required cognate skills. E.g. students who have completed a Computer Science degree will need to choose fundamental subjects in Statistics and vice versa.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00115M

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Melbourne No info No Full time 2 years
Melbourne No info No Part time 4 years
La Trobe University, believes that higher education has the power to transform people and societies. Their goal is to make a difference to their students, staff, and the communities they serve.

In 2016, La Trobe was ranked in the QS Top 50 Under 50 for the first time, and 56 in the 2017 Times Higher Education 200 Under 50 Rankings. They are also in the world's top 400 universities in all three major ranking agencies: QS World University Rankings 2016-2017, Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2016-2017 and the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2016.

La Trobe's research is focused on resolving some of the greatest challenges of our time. Researchers in facilities like the La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science and the Centre for Agribioscience are driving new ways to fight disease, and tackle climate change, drought and other threats to Australian agriculture.

Work placements are an important part of La Trobe's courses and students find work experience with organisations like CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, PwC and the University's partner hospitals. Students also receive hands-on training in facilities including a TV studio, an archaeological dig simulation site, moot court, and on field trips to places like Victoria's alpine wilderness.

La Trobe encourages students to participate in overseas study programs including nursing in Nepal, nanotechnology in Tokyo, and Indigenous studies in the Philippines. In 2016, La Trobe awarded travel grants and scholarships to 950 undergraduate and postgraduate students to study with partners like National University of Singapore, San Diego State University and Stockholm University.

The University has eight campuses in Victoria and NSW and is the largest provider of university education in regional Victoria. The University has more than 190,000 graduates. It's an impressive group that includes CEOs, parliamentarians, human rights activists, medical researchers and Olympians.

Provider CRICOS: 00115M

Is the information on this page correct? Request update

Request Information
Enquire about this course

Related courses