UniversityUniversity of Canterbury
This course is available
Level of Study
Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma
Next start date
Expected Jul 2023
University of Canterbury
The Postgraduate Diploma in Science offers those with some background in science the opportunity to undertake more advanced and in-depth study in a subject. The diploma is primarily coursework-based, but some courses allow for independent project work or research.
Organisations are increasingly making use of large volumes of digital data, from personal medical histories, to socio-economic statistics, to internet trends. Data scientists are one of the newest professions to come from this demand for effective storage, maintenance, and use of 'big data'. Graduates with modern, technical knowledge of computing systems and statistical methods are needed to process information in a range of industries.
This qualification is an ideal pathway into more advanced study. UC offers a number of scientific master's programmes as well as a Doctor of Philosophy.
Graduates of Data Science will find their knowledge is in high demand, as there is a global shortage of expertise to support the steady growth in data collection and digitisation.
Graduates will find employment in business and technology sectors as data scientists, data advisors, data/analytics consultants, and insight analysts.
Data Science graduates will also have a background in project implementation, research, critical analysis, and problem solving, and communication skills in discussing and explaining data findings, all of which are useful skills in a number of careers.
Students will need a Bachelor of Science, or any bachelor's degree with approved undergraduate science courses. The precise prerequisites vary for each major subject, but are normally at least a B- Grade Point Average in 300-level courses.
Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:
Application deadline: At least 6 months before the planned start date.