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What will I learn?

Massey University was the first in Australia and New Zealand to introduce the Bachelor of Information Sciences (Data Science) and has the longest experience in teaching this degree, which will enable you to become a hi-tech specialist with the relevant skills to take you to the forefront of this fast-paced industry.

What is it Like?

Massey University’s Bachelor of Information Sciences (Data Science) gives you the skills to fill the rapidly growing number of jobs in the area of data science and analysis.

You will learn how to make sense of complexities so others can easily understand them and how to apply computing to data-oriented challenges. You may have an interest in commerce, government, natural and social sciences, and you may want to learn apply technology to drive innovation, decision-making and research in those fields. You will learn how to use programming to solve potentially world-changing issues.

If you have a curious mind, are fascinated by data and enjoy the thrill of making discoveries and want to join a rapidly growing industry this qualification is for you.

A brand new job

Data Scientist is one of the newest job descriptions in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector.

You will learn how to solve real-world problems using data, in combination with cutting-edge computing technologies and analytical methods. You will gain the expertise to formulate business domain questions into series of queries that your data can answer. You will learn how to apply techniques like data mining, machine learning, statistical analysis and data visualization to discover and extract information from data. Beyond the mechanics, you will also become skilled in communicating your findings to management as well as to wider non-technical audiences.

A multitude of options

Data science is a broad and multidisciplinary field. As a data scientist you will be likely to work in teams where each member has different sets of complementing interests and strengths. You too can choose which area to specialise in. If you would like to become a data scientist with expert knowledge in computer science, IT, statistics or mathematics, this qualification is structured in such a way that it allows you to do that. You can pursue a double major (or minors) combinations with any of these subjects.

Even more broadly than that, you will be able to take advantage of Massey’s expertise across a broad range of sciences disciplines outside of information sciences. If you are interested in natural and fundamental sciences, you can choose to complete a double major/minor combination including chemistry, biology, genetics or physics . These are also areas where computational and data processing skills are becoming increasingly central.

Similarly, you may choose data science with a specialisation in a form of a minor from any of the offerings under business, health, creative arts or humanities and social sciences in order to ensure that you gain the complementary expert knowledge in the domain you are passionate about. This will give you a distinct focus and advantage in the industry.

A career with variety

Some examples of careers that could lead on from this qualification include:

  • Data science engineer
  • Hadoop big-data engineer
  • Business analytics consultant
  • Data-product entrepreneur
  • Banking fraud detection analyst
  • Machine learning specialist
  • Government researcher
  • Government communications and security analyst
  • Customer insight analyst
  • Data management architect
  • Text mining analyst
  • Software developer
  • Scientific researcher

Which department am I in?

School of Natural and Computational Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years (February intake); 3.5 years (July intake))

Tuition fees
NZ$31,780.00 (US$ 21,070) per year

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

Application deadline

Expected May 2021

More details

Start date

22 February 2021


Auckland Campus

Massey University Auckland (East Precinct),

Albany Expressway (SH17),



0632, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

English Language Requirements: IELTS - 6.0 (no band less than 5.5); TOEFL iBT- 80 overall (min 19 in Writing); PTE Academic - 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills); Cambridge English - 169.

For international students

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

It is strongly recommended that students beginning their study in Data Science have a sound background in mathematics at NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent).

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

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Pathways options

Offered by this university

Massey University offers below pathways courses for this subject

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU)

About this uni

Massey University conducts ground-breaking research and delivers outstanding learning opportunities.

  • Over 5,000 international students from around 100 countries
  • Innovative campuses in three cities
  • A wide range of programmes to choose from foundation to PhD