One of the most rapidly growing fields in IT, Data Science unearths value and meaning from data to help businesses and organisations across the globe.


In our data-driven world, information is now being collected at an unprecedented speed and scale. According to IBM, we now generate over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data a day.

From predicting trends to protecting personal information, companies around the world need data scientists to process, explore and harness meaning from their data. Insights from data driven decision-making on everything from healthcare and product design to marketing and finance.

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Course description, features and facilities

The Data Science major at UWA focuses on data and scientific computation. Through a combination of practical and theoretical units you will develop an understanding of how to use technology for efficient and effective data collection, conversion, analysis, visualisation and interpretation. You will learn how to integrate new technologies to create science, engineering and business systems; and how to design useful and usable software.

The practical computing and information technology skills that you will acquire in this major will greatly complement knowledge and skills acquired in science, arts, business; and engineering majors.

Content in the Data Science major is delivered through lectures by world-renowned experts in the field, tutorials with your peers and practical laboratory classes where you will put your theoretical knowledge into practice using the latest technologies.

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Student profile – Tyler Smith

Ever since I was born the world of technology has surrounded me, and as each year passes it seems my dependence on it grows more and more. We live in a society run by technology, fuelled by technology and based around the calculations, predication and algorithms of technology. Everything we do, from the coffee we make to stay awake each morning, to the dating sites and apps we use, technology is behind it all.

With such a dependence of technology, what better way to jump head first into learning and developing your skills, than through Data Science? Whether you are a 120 words per minute type of person or someone who knows nothing about computers, Data Science allows all levels of people to be challenged and excited, with endless opportunities along the way, in the form of computing clubs, hackathons even lessons to develop apple apps.

Through this major I have not only met some of my best friends; computing has also given me an extra edge over other students in my second major of Engineering Science as well as made my day to day interactions with technology more productive and efficient.

If you want to guarantee yourself an advantage over others in any area of study you choose, with the promise of meeting great people, being constantly challenged as well as still having enough time to join a wide variety of UWA sporting team or clubs; Data Science is a major you should consider and one I would highly recommend.

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UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

As organisations around the world implement data analytics programs, the demand for data scientists is only set to increase. Opportunities exist in areas such as mining and resource engineering; bioinformatics and biochemistry; computational physics and astronomy; transportation; health; finance; marketing; geophysics; geographic information systems; and biomechanics.


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Further study opportunities

Students may apply for entry to honours after completion of the requirements of this major.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. Recommended subjects
  4. English competency
  5. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in at least WACE Mathematics 2C/2D
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Applications ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Studies)

Additional information

If you do not have a scaled mark of at least 50 in Mathematics: Applications ATAR or higher, you will need to successfully complete additional Mathematics units during your first year.

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

Recommended subjects

Qualification and recommended subjects
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.


As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

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Data Science: the details

Available 2017
Locations offered
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
16-25 hours teaching time, plus your own study time.
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BSc), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Contact details: course information
ECM Student Office
Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics The University of Western Australia M054, 35 Stirling Highway Crawley WA 6009
+61 8 6488 3061