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Graduate Diploma of Science (Applied Data Science)

Summary
Graduate Diploma of Science Specialisation Applied Data Science (GDSI)

Study Mode
  • On-campus
  • External

Start
  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 8 units

Duration
  • 1 year or part-time equivalent

Campus
  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook

Focus on Big Data

The Graduate Diploma of Science (Applied Data Science) aims to prepare graduates to work in the relatively new and diverse field of Data Science aka ‘Big Data’. Big data focuses on understanding and overcoming the challenges associated with capturing, storing, transferring, searching, sorting out and interpreting large amounts of data in an increasingly technologically reliant world.  With continual advances in technology, skills in this field are a vital to the world of modern day data intelligence.  

You will be acquire advanced theoretical and technical knowledge of data science and develop skills in the areas of computing technology, machine learning, mathematics, statistics, databases as well as relevant application areas. Upon completion you will be able to critically analyse and solve complex problems in sciences as well as interpret and reflect on ethical and professional practices of the specialisation. 

Further study

This qualification is also ideal for those wishing to move into further study, upon successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Science, students have the potential to move into Masters or PhD study.

This Diploma provides an ideal professional development opportunity for qualified graduates who wish to advance their existing career or begin a new one in the area of Big Data.  

Courses to be studied Units
8 x specialisation courses
8
Total 8
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 9048
Domestic full fee paying AUD 23200

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2017 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

  • 3-year degree from an Australian university or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.


How to apply

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 2, 2017 - applications close Monday 3 July, with Semester 2 commencing on 10 July 2017.
  • Semester 1, 2018 - applications close Monday 19 February, with Semester 1 commencing on 26 February 2018.

Credit for previous study or work experience

You may be eligible for credit if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.