Graduate Diploma of Data Science

Murdoch University

Designed for information technology graduates and people working in information technology-related fields, our Graduate Diploma in Data Science provides the knowledge and skills IT professionals need to work with big data. Increasingly, companies are using large datasets that have been generated by business activities and social media to uncover trends and insights that can be used to tailor products and services, anticipate demand, improve performance, or contribute to solving complex social, health and science-related problems. To equip you with the analytics skills needed to work with big data, the course is taught with a computational focus that combines information technology with mathematics and statistics. Throughout the course, you will study eight units, with an emphasis on data resources management, business and data analytics and local area network design. You may also choose to work on an advanced study project on your topic of choice to solve a current problem in the information technology industry. When you graduate, you'll have the necessary skills to manage, protect and leverage big data, with employment opportunities in a wide range of roles across industries such as telecommunications, health, education, architecture, engineering, law and government. You will be eligible to apply for the Master of Information Technology at the successful completion of this degree, and can achieve a Masters level qualification with an additional year of study.

Entry Requirements:

Recognised Bachelor's degree in IT (AQF Level 7); OR recognised non-IT Bachelor's degree plus an approved Diploma in IT (AQF Level 8); OR recognised non-IT Bachelor's degree plus two years of relevant IT experience; OR recognised non-IT Honours degree (AQF Level 8) plus relevant IT experience. Recognition of relevant and current informal or non-formal learning may be used for entry requirements, and should be discussed with the Academic Chai


Course Structure - 24 credit points

Subjects you can Study:

IT Professional Practice; Foundations of Data Science; Local Area Network Design and Implementation; Information Technology Project Management; Data Analytics; Business Analytics ; plus more

Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Murdoch No info No Part time 2 years
Murdoch No info No Full time 1 year

Why study with us

Murdoch provides everything you would expect from a world-class university, including leading academics, world-changing research, excellent facilities and a wide range of courses.

Our strong connections with overseas partners, government departments and the wider working community gives you the perfect springboard to take part in work placements and complete real-world projects. 

One of the top 100 universities in the world under 50, our emphasis on Work Integrated Learning led Murdoch to being ranked the number one university in Australia for medium-term overall employment in 2018.


Teaching Facilities 

Our world-class teaching facilities give you access to real-world equipment and resources, helping you gain the industry knowledge and experience you need to succeed in your chosen field.

Virtual classroom - Murdoch is proud to be the first university in Australia to offer SimLabTM technology, giving students the opportunity to practice and improve their teaching techniques in a safe learning environment.

Perth's most modern Moot Court - Try cases in a real court environment and compete with other law schools around the world using video satellite technology.

Engineering plant - Our scaled Bayer Pilot Plant features real-world engineering equipment, the only one of its kind in Perth.

Media Arts Centre - Have access to our professional equipment and industry-standard facilities, including fully equipped TV and radio studios and editing suites.

The Chiropractic Clinic - Work with registered chiropractors on real clients in our clinic, which features 11 consulting rooms.

State Agricultural Biotechnology Centre - Access to our collaborative centre for research and development, with platform technologies and world-class equipment and facilities.

World-famous veterinary facilities - Our Perth campus is home to a working farm, a vet clinic, fully equipped veterinary hospital, pet emergency centre and Equine Centre.


Student Services

Health & counselling - Facilities and services to help you look after your physical and mental health.

Career services - Support your career journey, develop your professional network and benefit from student and graduate opportunities.

Child Care Centre - Run by qualified and experienced staff so you can focus on your studies.

Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre - If you’re an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Island student, we have a range of support services and options to help you during your studies.


Admission & Selection 

The path you take when you apply to Murdoch will vary depending on who you are and what you want to study. 

High school leavers:

If you’re completing high school this year, you'll need to apply through TISC. Once applications to TISC have closed, you can apply directly to Murdoch until the start of the semester.

All other applicants:

Applications can be made at any time directly to Murdoch using our online application system.

If you don’t currently meet our admission requirements, we have a range of enabling pathways, including our free enabling courses, which will qualify you to apply for any Murdoch undergraduate degree that has a minimum Selection Rank of 70.


Study options

Depending on your chosen course, we offer flexible study options including full-time or part-time and on-campus or online.

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