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Master of Data Science




What will I learn?

You'll enter the Master of Data Science with a background in computer science or statistics (or both), and the course will be tailored to build your skills in the other discipline.

Core subjects will give you a solid grounding in data science, so you’ll have the technological and analytical abilities that are vital for managing and interpreting large, complex collections of data.

Beyond the core subjects, elective subjects give you the freedom to dive deeper into a specialist area of data science.

The Master of Data Science is a 200-point program, made up of:

  • Core statistics subjects (50 points)
  • Core computer science subjects (50 points)
  • Elective subjects (75 points), including prerequisite subjects if needed (up to 50 points), data science or professional skills subjects or a research project.
  • Capstone data science project (25 points)

Career outcomes

Our graduates go on to work as data scientists and analysts, software engineers, data infrastructure engineers, business intelligence analysts and statisticians.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$48,832.00 (26,65,502) per year
Indicative total course fee: AUD $100,105

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

26 February 2024


The University of Melbourne

Parkville Campus,

Grattan Street,



3010, MELBOURNE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need to successfully complete an undergraduate degree. English language requirements: IELTS (academic English Only) - 6.5 overall, with written 6.5 and no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (paper-based test) - 577 + TWE 4.5; TOEFL (internet-based test) - 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13); Pearson Test of English – you need an overall score from a minimum between 58-64 inclusive and achieve no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Cambridge English, Advanced/Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – you need a Cambridge English Score from a minimum 176 with no skill below 169.

For international students

To be considered for entry, you must have completed:

An undergraduate degree with a major in a relevant discipline (computer science, data science or statistics) with a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 65 per cent.

English language requirements:

IELTS (academic English Only): 6.5 (no band less than 6.0);
TOEFL (paper-based test): 577 +, TWE 4.5;
TOEFL (internet-based test): 79 + (Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13);
Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 +, no communicative skill below 50
Cambridge English: Advanced/ Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): 176 +, no skill below 169.

Application closing date: Start-year (March) intake - apply by 31 October.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is Australia’s leading university, enabling students to develop sustainable learning and in-demand employability skills.

  • Ranked 25th (U.S. News 2022) 33rd worldwide (QS 2023)
  • Top 10 in the world for global employability (QS 2021)
  • Home to Australia’s largest number of Nobel laureates
  • Industry-led teaching, connected to 100+ research centres