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Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data Science

PGDipADS
11 October 2023

UC's Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data Science (PGDipADS) is ideal if you want to build your data science capabilities and combine these with skills and knowledge from their your previous studies. Find out about studying a PGDipADS through our Te Kaupeka Pūtaiao | Faculty of Science.

DURATION

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data Science

Degree Structure - Duration
Two semesters full-time

START

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data Science

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 or 2 (February or July)

POINTS

120

TUITION FEES

2024 tuition fees estimate per 120 points:

  • Domestic — $8,877
  • International — $35,000

Overview


Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data Science

Introduction

Data science is a new profession emerging along with the exponential growth in size, and availability of 'big data'. A data scientist provides insight into future trends from looking at past and current data. This is an essential skillset in a world where everything from education to commerce, communication to transport, involves large-scale data collection and digitalisation.

This Postgraduate Diploma is designed to accommodate students from a range of backgrounds (not just those with Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science majors), who want to enhance or build their data science capabilities and combine these with the skills and knowledge they bring from their previous studies. So long as you are data-hungry and industry-aware; this degree can add to your employability and career prospects.

Data Science Student Working at Computer


Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data Science

Why Study - Body

What will my study involve?

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data Science

Entry Requirements - Body

Entry requirements

Potential students can come from a variety of undergraduate backgrounds. You will require a B Grade Point Average in your 300-level bachelor's degree courses, or have evidence of achievement at postgraduate level.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data Science or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

You can apply online at myUC.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data Science

Subjects and Courses - Body

Subjects and courses

Foundation courses

You will be required to enrol in all these foundational courses unless there is evidence of prior learning in the fundamentals of data science (exemptions must be approved by the Programme Director).

Advanced Data Science Competencies

All students take the following courses (unless the Programme Director approves a substitution).

You should complete the foundation course DATA401, or have a background in statistics, before enrolling in STAT462 and STAT448.

You should also complete the foundation course COSC480, or have a background in Python computer programming, before enrolling in DATA420.

Elective courses

The remaining courses will be any relevant 400 or 600-level courses in: Biological Sciences, Computer Science, Data Science, Digital Humanities, Economics, Environmental Science, Finance, Geography, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Statistics. Or in any other relevant subject as approved by the Programme Director and the relevant Head of Department.

Some examples of elective courses students have enrolled in recently include:

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data Science

Further Study - Body

Further study

Provided you have not graduated with the Diploma and you fulfil the entry requirements, you can transfer to the Master of Applied Data Science.

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data Science

Career - Body

Career opportunities

According to industry experts, data scientists know what the technology can offer, what analytics are possible, and can communicate on all those aspects to the wider business. This applies no matter the field or sector, as data and analytics have become so important and integral to organisational decision making. Graduates will be ready to work in a range of industries including: government, corporates, the IT sector, market research and finance, agriculture, and transport.

Aotearoa New Zealand and other countries are currently experiencing a skills shortage in this area, and the need for data savvy professionals with applied experience is growing.

An Applied Data Science graduate's skills will include:

  • advanced knowledge in data science
  • the ability to use data to inform workplace solutions
  • planning and implementing data-informed projects
  • working in multidisciplinary teams
  • have an understanding of what programming can offer.

Useful information:

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $8,877
  • International — $35,000

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 120 points):

  • Domestic — $8,635
  • International — $33,700

SSL estimate (per 120 points):

  • 2024 — $1,100.40
  • 2023 — $992.40

Planning my study

Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data Science

Degree Structure - Body

How do I plan my diploma?

The Diploma will comprise a minimum of 120 points as follows:

  • 45 points of foundation courses
  • 60 points from the advanced data science competencies courses
  • at least 15 points of elective courses from relevant subjects

You can study this qualification full-time in a minimum of 1 year (2 semesters) or part-time in a maximum of 4 years.

The Diploma can also be completed from any location by studying online.

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Data Science.

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