GD202 - Graduate Diploma in Data Science

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Plan: GD202 - Graduate Diploma in Data Science
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Graduate Diploma in Data Science
Award abbreviation: GradDipDataSc
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: One year (two semesters) full-time, Two years (four semesters) part-time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
ASCED code: 020199
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

The Graduate Diploma in Data Science program is designed for graduates of computing, science, engineering or health bachelors programs with or without industry experience who want to become data scientists. It will prepare you for a career in data science, an emerging area driving economic growth, public policy and corporate strategy through management of very large collections of data to derive insights that ultimately benefit society. Job titles for data scientists in this new field are very diverse, for example: analytics specialist, business intelligence analyst, business intelligence developer, data analyst, data architect, data engineer, data miner, data scientist, web analyst.

This is an exit-only award (from within the Master of Data Science). Students graduating from the Graduate Diploma exit point may enter the field in a more junior (entry-level) position than their counterparts with a Masters degree qualification.

This program can be undertaken on-campus requiring in person attendance or the program can be undertaken entirely online.


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Articulation and pathways


There is no direct entry to this program. It is an exit-only award. See the Entrance Requirements of the MC267 Master of Data Science. 

The GD202 Graduate Diploma in Data Science is available if you choose to exit the Master's program after 96 credit points. This excludes any courses awarded as exemptions. The capabilities developed by the Graduate Diploma are consequently less comprehensive than those developed by the Master's program.


Students who exit the MC267 Master of Data Science program with this GD202 Graduate Diploma may later apply for re-admission to complete the MC267 Master of Data Science program. 

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Entrance requirements

This program is not available for direct entry. Entry to this program is via MC267 Master of Data Science.

Students in the MC267 program who wish to exit the Masters before completion, may be eligible to take out the intermediary award of GD202 Graduate Diploma in Data Science. 

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External accreditation and industry links

Computer Science and Information Technology within the School of Science has substantial links with the ICT industry both within Australia and internationally. Employers and industry professionals are members of our Industry Advisory Committee and those and others with Data Science expertise have contributed to the initial development and ongoing improvement of the program. Their involvement ensures that the program remains relevant to your needs as a graduate and the needs of graduate employers. The committee meets quarterly and provides feedback on the currency of the program, the changing needs of industry and has input into the design of new programs. It also actively contributes to the School through participation in seminars, marketing events, industry awards and scholarships.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library

As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: including specific resources for computer science:

Online learning tools and content

As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT

The Computer Science and Information Technology within the School of School also provides you with access to its specialised computer laboratories both for use during scheduled classes and outside scheduled class times. These laboratories provide access to a range of computer environments including a variety of database products under different operating systems.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT

RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. 

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage

which may impact on your learning

  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at:

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