Undergraduate Certificate in Data Science

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Open your data career window

There’s a reason data science is among the Australian Government’s national priority workforce areas: data analytics-related jobs have increased almost 700% since 2012, and that growth’s only predicted to get stronger.

Our new Undergraduate Certificate in Data Science will give you a valuable introduction to this rapidly expanding field—ideal for upskilling, strengthening your CV, or laying the foundations for a full, related bachelor degree.

What will you do?

Conducted over six months full-time or 12 months part-time, this flexible program is designed and taught by our world-class, research-active data science experts. Through a flexible combination of face-to-face and digital learning, you will:

  • gain a broad, introductory knowledge of data science, statistics and programming, and their underlying mathematical concepts
  • build fundamental skills in applying these disciplines’ principles and methods to real-world data use
  • learn to apply critical, independent thinking to conduct sound data analysis.

Where could it take you?

You could go on to a full bachelor degree in computer science, IT or mathematical and computer sciences—whether to start your first career, or a rewarding new one. You might draw on your enhanced capabilities to step up in an existing role. Perhaps the qualification will help you win a well-deserved promotion.

*Commonwealth Support for the Undergraduate Certificates is only available to domestic students in 2021 as part of the Australian Government's Job Ready Graduates package. On current advice, you must also complete the qualification by 31 December 2021. Students can look to continue further studies into a Bachelor degree with credit.


Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 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 a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 319081
Deferment No
Intake March and July
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Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education A completed Australian Year 12 secondary schooling qualification (or overseas equivalent) (no minimum ATAR required).
Higher Education Study Completion of 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).

Completion of a recognised tertiary enabling program will also be considered.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) study You must have completed an AQF Certificate III or above from a Registered Training Organisation.
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 2022.

Alternatively, completion of at least three years of full time equivalent employment with appropriate experience.

Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 319081

Fees and Scholarships

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More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

Scholarships

These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Degree Structure

The Undergraduate Certificate in Data Science is suitable for students from diverse backgrounds who wish to develop new skills in the growing area of data science. It provides a pathway, and advanced standing, to further learning in either the Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Sciences or Bachelor of Information Technology. It is also a stand-alone qualification of broad applicability in today’s workplace.

In this program, students will undertake four core courses designed to provide skills and knowledge in computer science, mathematics, data science and data analysis.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Data Science has a standard full-time duration of 0.5 years.

Academic Program Rules

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

Example Study Plan

Part-time study plan - for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021
Semester 1
Students must complete the following:
STATS 1000 Statistical Practice I MATHS 1005 Data Literacy I
Semester 2
Students must complete the following:
Computer Science elective^
Students must choose one of the following:


Mathematical Sciences elective
Students must choose 1 of the following:
^ Computer science elective: Students with prior programming experience can select to take COMP SCI 1102 Object Oriented Programming. If new to programming or unsure of their level of ability, students are encouraged to take either COMP SCI 1015 Introduction to Programming for Information Technology Specialists or ENG 1002 Programming (Matlab and C).

MATHS 1004
Mathematics for Data Science has a pre-requisite of SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods or equivalent.



Full-time study plan - for students commencing in Semester 2, 2021
Semester 2
Students must complete the following:
STATS 1000 Statistical Practice I MATHS 1005 Data Literacy I Computer Science elective^
Students must choose one of the following:

Mathematical Sciences elective
Students must choose 1 of the following:

^ Computer science elective: Students with prior programming experience can select to take COMP SCI 1102 Object Oriented Programming. If new to programming or unsure of their level of ability, students are encouraged to take either COMP SCI 1015 Introduction to Programming for Information Technology Specialists or ENG 1002 Programming (Matlab and C).

MATHS 1004 Mathematics for Data Science has a pre-requisite of SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods or equivalent.


Study plans are available on the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.

Assessment

Assessment can vary from course to course and can include a combination of assignments, individual projects, written tests and seminar presentations.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 23 Nov 2021