Bachelor of Applied Data Analytics

Drive evidence-based decision-making

For decision-makers, data is gold. But only if it can be interpreted accurately. All around the world, in every industry, employers are seeking professionals with not only statistical expertise, but the ability to ‘see’ new solutions in oceans of numbers.

Our new Bachelor of Applied Data Analytics will help you step into this critical role in one of seven specialist areas: 

  • agriculture
  • bioinformatics
  • economics
  • environment
  • geosciences
  • physics
  • public health. 

What will you do?

The degree is unique in Australia, in combining big-data analytics training with decision science. You will:

  • learn to use big-data analytics within your chosen discipline, giving you the skills employers are looking for
  • gain valuable industry experience through internship opportunities
  • develop skills in statistical inference, including using machine learning
  • design new models to address complex problems
  • apply data analysis to develop organisational strategies for success in your chosen discipline
  • undertake a significant research project in your final year.

Where could it take you?

You’ll be well equipped to help organisations in your chosen area of specialisation identify opportunities for improvement and growth. You could work in government, consultancies or large corporations, at home or abroad. Or perhaps you’ll apply your knowledge to drive decision-making in a venture of your own.


Direct access to industry leaders and paid internship opportunities: The Academy by Deloitte
This degree gives you the opportunity to be part of our new The Academy by Deloitte You’ll be part of a supportive student cohort that learns from one another and industry leaders. Formal and informal experiences will allow you to build relationships within the Deloitte network.


  • Data analyst jobs to grow by 27.7% in next 5 years*
  • Data analytics top of emerging occupations list**
  • South Australia's only specialised data analytics degree

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**National Skills Commission

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code www.satac.edu.au
2022 CSP ATAR 76.35
2022 CSP IB 24
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 75
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 26
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Prerequisites SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods. MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods. IB: Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations (HL) or Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (SL) Please note: SACE Stage 2 Physics and/or Specialist Mathematics are prerequisites for some first year courses.
Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2: Chemistry
IB: Chemistry
Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) study You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2023. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2023 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2022 or 2021), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2021). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
Apply through SATAC: www.satac.edu.au

2022 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer N/A
Median ATAR to receive an offer N/A
Highest ATAR to receive an offer N/A
Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
Median Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer N/A
Minimum eligibility score 65
Additional criteria considered Selection rank only

Fees and Scholarships

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Careers

Career Readiness

Direct access to industry leaders and paid internship opportunities: The Academy by Deloitte
Students who as part of their studies take part in The Academy by Deloitte experience will have the benefit of undertaking a paid internship with Deloitte. This internship is designed to shape their business readiness through significant real-world client exposure, access to multiple networking opportunities and relevant professional training.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Potential careers

Merchant Banker, Bioinformatician, Broker, Farmer, Future Trader, Hedge Fund Manager, Management Analyst, Business Analyst, Business Data Analyst, Policy Adviser

Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Example Study Plan

More Quantitative Stream^

Year1 S1 SCIENCE 1500 Introductory Data Science - Becoming Smart About Data APP DATA 1010 Ethics
and Data Management I
Approved Level I elective Approved Level I elective
S2 ECON 1008 Data Analytics I or STATS 1000 Statistical Practice I or
STATS 1005 Statistical Analysis
and Modelling I
MATHS 1004 Mathematics for
Data Science I or MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB
Approved Level I elective Approved Level I elective
Year2 S1 APP DATA 2010 Data Handling
and Visualisation II
Approved Level II elective Approved Level II
elective
Approved Level II
elective
S2 APP DATA 2015 Statistical
Inference and Machine Learning II *
Approved Level II elective Approved Level II
elective
Approved Level II
elective
Year 3 S1 APP DATA 3010 Advanced Data
Analysis III or APP DATA 3015
Numerical Modelling III *
Approved Level III elective Approved Level III
elective #
Approved Level III
elective #
S2 APP DATA 3020 Capstone
Project in Domain-Specific
Decision Science III
Approved Level III elective
(OR APP DATA
3035 Statistical
Inference and
Machine Learning III)
Approved Level III
elective #
Approved Level III
elective #

Less Quantitative Stream^

Year1 S1 SCIENCE 1500 Becoming Smart about Data I APP DATA 1010 Ethics and Data Management I Approved Level I elective Approved Level I elective
S2 ECON 1008 Data Analytics I or STATS 1000 Statistical Practice I or
STATS 1005 Statistical Analysis and Modelling I
(or equivalent)
MATHS 1004 Mathematics for
Data Science I or MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB
Approved Level I elective Approved Level I elective
Year2 S1 APP DATA 2010 Data Handling and Visualisation II Approved Level II elective Approved Level II elective Approved Level II elective
S2 APP DATA 2020 Visual Basic and Excel Programming II * Approved Level II elective Approved Level II elective Approved Level II elective
Year 3 S1 APP DATA 3025 Machine Learning and Data Analytics III or
APP DATA 3030 Quantitative
Decision Making III *
Approved Level III elective Approved Level III elective # Approved Level III elective #
S2 APP DATA 3020 Capstone Project
in Domain-Specific Decision Science III
Approved Level III elective Approved Level III elective # Approved Level III elective #
^ The stream chosen by a student will depend upon their discipline (major)
# To be towards the 12 units needed for a major
* This course is a compulsory elective that contributes towards the student's chosen stream

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Last updated: Thursday, 11 Aug 2022