Graduate Diploma of Data Science

The University of Melbourne

The Graduate Diploma in Data Science is an ideal starting point if you're interested in joining this booming industry and have a background with little or no study of computer science or statistics. Through this course you'll develop fundamental skills in both computer science and statistics, so you can keep pace with the rapidly changing demands of a data-driven job market, and world. You'll be shown how to use statistical tools, techniques and methods along with in-depth analysis and evaluation, to solve real-world problems in the data realm.

Course Fee:

Australian: $32,160
International: $40,960

Entry Requirements:

An undergraduate degree in any discipline; 25 points of first-year tertiary Mathematics and Statistics subjects including MAST10006 Calculus 2 or equivalent.


100 credit points, made up of core statistics subjects (50 points); core computer science subjects (50 points). If you've previously studied some of the core subjects, you can apply for an exemption. If you're granted an exemption, you'll take additional subjects to make up 100 points.

Subjects you can Study:

Statistical modelling and inference; Algorithms, machine learning and data mining; Database systems; Using a range of methods to conduct analyses; Reporting on analytical findings.

Study Pathways:

When you successfully complete the Graduate Diploma, you can supercharge your qualification by enrolling in the Master of Data Science (subject to meeting the requirements). You'll receive course credit, meaning that you can complete both the Graduate Diploma and the Master of Data Science in just 2.5 years.

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Parkville No info No Part time 2 years
Parkville No info No Full time 1 year
Numbers aren’t always important. But when you graduate from a university that's ranked one of the world’s best, you’ll share that reputation. Not just after graduation but long after you leave.


Why study with us 

With a 160-year history of leadership in learning, teaching and research, the University of Melbourne has grown to be an internationally respected institution, consistently ranked as one of the world’s leading universities – number one in Australia and number 32 in the world*. 

The value of a Melbourne education is backed up by the fact we’re ranked sixth in the world for graduate employability by the well-regarded QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020.


Facilities and services 

The Parkville campus, with new, state-of-the-art facilities springing up beside our heritage buildings, connects Australia’s leading health and biomedical precinct with our faculties and schools, while the Southbank campus – home to studies in fine arts, performance and music – is on the doorstep of the best museums, galleries, theatres and concert halls in Australia. 

Our regional campuses provide immersive experiences in specialty areas like veterinary medicine, agriculture, and forestry.

Alongside our industry-focused academics, there are internships and volunteering opportunities to give you real-world work experience and develop leadership qualities, while giving you the chance to contribute to the community.


Admission and Selection

The University of Melbourne’s Study website is a ready resource for everything you need to know about studying at Australia’s leading university. From eligibility requirements for domestic and international students and submitting an application through VTAC to applying for special entry schemes and scholarships, you’re set up for success from the get-go.


Study options 

Our approach means you can create your own study path based on your interests and abilities, but with flexibility to explore new options along the way. In a world where careers are changing fast and employers want analytical and adaptable thinking, this flexibility has never been more important. 

Our bachelor degrees are offered in: Agriculture, Arts, Biomedicine, Commerce, Design, Fine Arts, Music, Oral Health, and Science and cover more than 100 areas of study. Our professional graduate programs include architecture, criminology, education, engineering, finance, law, medicine, nursing, optometry, psychology, urban planning, veterinary medicine and many, many more. 

We’ve also introduced a new suite of courses that bundle your undergraduate degree with your graduate study. These Graduate Degree Packages mean you’ll have the assurance of a guaranteed graduate place at the time you receive your offer. 

*Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019


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