Data Science, Master

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 32 months
Are you looking to leverage expert knowledge of data science to propel your career in business or research? James Cook University’s Master of Data Science is an innovative, fully online course that puts professionals who recognise the power of data and numbers ahead of the pack, in one of the world’s fastest growing sectors.


Delivered by award-winning teaching staff and leading experts with deep academic knowledge and real-world industry experience, this Masters degree provides the foundation you need to open a wealth of opportunities in a data-driven world.

The Master of Data Science degree will culminate in capstone subject, involving masterclasses and a major project. You will be embedded in industry, research and government departments where possible and required to solve complex data-driven, real-world problems, creating a portfolio that can be used to highlight skills to future employers.

An accelerated learning model makes this course one of Australia’s fastest part-time Masters in this field. Future-proof your career in the business or research arena with sought-after data science skills, acquired at a time and place that suits you.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Data and Information: Management, Security, Privacy, and Ethics
  • Big Data: Management and Processing
  • Data Science and Strategic Decision Making
  • Data Mining and Machine Learning
  • Data Science Master Class 1
  • Data Science Master Class 2
  • Data Science Project - composed of Part A and Part B
  • Foundations for Data Science
  • Statistical Methods for Data Science
  • Data Visualisation
  • Database Systems
  • Programming and Data Analytics using Python
  • Essential Mathematics for Data Scientists
  • Introduction to Data Mining
  • Advanced Statistical Methods for Data Scientists

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: Course Study Periods: Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Sept, Oct
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 32 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

A Bachelor degree (whilst not a prerequisite for entry, high numeracy skills equivalent to senior level mathematics that includes algebra and elementary differential calculus is assumed)

Work Experience

If a Bachelor degree is not presentAt least five years of relevant work experience in an IT or data science-related industry. Industry experience will need to include some background in computing, data analysis or programming.  Application based on relevant industry experience must be supported by a detailed CV and proof of work experience.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    3100 AUD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3100 AUD per module and a duration of 32 months.
  • National Applies to you

    3100 AUD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3100 AUD per module and a duration of 32 months.
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