Master of Data Science

The Master of Data Science postgraduate degree has been designed to meet the AQF level 9 requirements, consists of 14 courses, is taught in English and normally takes 2 years of full-time study or part-time equivalent. Students are admitted based on having completed a previous bachelors level qualification at AQF 7 or equivalent. The program structure includes 11 core courses and three elective courses. Students are required to complete two 30 credit point project courses (60 credit point project in total) which the student can use to undertake either an applied industry based project, or complete a research oriented thesis.The Master of Data Science program will equip graduate with a comprehensive suite of tools they need to manage, manipulate, analyse and visualise data coming from various sources such as science, business and society, putting students in high demand for careers across a range of industries.
This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
On-line Learning
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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This course may be on offer at a partner institution.

2 years
(240 credit points = 2.0 EFTSL)
Entry requirements

This program provides an opportunity for you to develop an advanced understanding of data science by incorporating and interpreting complex information, concepts and theories to relevant disciplines, using data science tools and methods to manage, process, and analyse data. 

Throughout the program, you will utilise your skills to handle large volumes of data, working with real-time data, cloud computing, unstructured data and statistical models. 

As a graduate, you may work in data science related areas such as the health care, finance, government administration and IT industries.

This program is also available as a graduate certificate and graduate diploma option for domestic and international students.

To review entry requirements and application details relevant to you, please indicate whether you are a domestic or international student by selecting the filter in the top right corner of the screen.

  • Data scientist
  • Data engineer
  • Business analyst
  • Statistician
  • Data warehouse operator

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

ITECH1400, 15 credit points
ITECH5007, 15 credit points
STATS5000, 15 credit points
Semester 1 electives (1)

Semester 2

ITECH5500, 15 credit points
Semester 2 electives (2)

Year 2

Semester 1

DATSC5001, 30 credit points
ITECH7003, 15 credit points
MATHS7002, 15 credit points

Semester 2

DATSC5002, 30 credit points
ITECH7406, 15 credit points

Entry requirements (year 12)


Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory:  Successful completion of and undergraduate degree at AQF level 7 in an area of science, mathematics, statistics, engineering, information technology or business.

Applicants will be required to demonstrate previous studies in introductory mathematics and at least once information technology course in their undergraduate degree. If this cannot be demonstrated, an approved elective course must be selected in the first semester of study to meet the prerequisite requirements.

Extra Requirements

Applicants will have completed an undergraduate degree at AQF level 7 in an area of science, mathematics, statistics, engineering, information technology or business.

Students will be required to demonstrate they have previously studied introductory mathematics and at least one information technology course in their undergraduate degree. If they cannot, they must select an approved elective course in their first semester of study to meet prerequisite requirements.

The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: No

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: CX9

CRICOS code: 104808F

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,301 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2023

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

This is an applied postgraduate program and does not directly lead to further coursework study.

However, by virtue of the 60 credit point project and research methods course, students may complete a research thesis and use this as a pathway to a higher degree by research.

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per course, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department


Course coordinator

Savin Chand