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Data Science

Data Science Major (BSc Science) - BSc (Data Science) - MJRU-DATSC Science and Engineering
Guaranteed ATAR 80 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 3 years

Course overview

Data scientists harness the power of data and computation to drive innovation. They work at the interface of computing, statistics, visualisation and media to collate and analyse large volumes of data and then communicate findings to a range of audiences.

Their ability to leverage big data to predict future trends is becoming an essential part of decision-making in business and government.

Data is generated at an unprecedented rate and will continue to increase into the foreseeable future.

Every industry is using the increasing availability of large volumes of data to grow: from predicting weather patterns and optimising harvesting in agriculture to improving patient diagnosis and treatment in the health industry, enhancing the management of remote infrastructure in mining, optimising supply chain logistics in consumer goods, analysing the impact of policies on economic activities, and enhancing the performance of ultra-high frequency trading algorithms.

This course is multidisciplinary, with fields of study in computing, statistics, emerging internet technologies, data and knowledge visualisation, user-experience studies and media as a means to communicate analysis results.

Foundational studies in programming and statistics form the basis of higher level studies in data mining, data security and computer simulation.

This course will build your capacity to extract, analyse and visualise large volumes of data and communicate analytical outcomes to a range of audiences.

You will graduate from this course equipped to enter a range of industries where data science is key to innovation.

Career opportunities

Graduates from the major will be equipped to enter a range of industries where data science is key to data-driven innovation.

This course can help you become a:

  • Marketing and advertising data analyst
  • Pricing analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Game designer
  • Health and allied health data analyst
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Machine learning specialist
  • Information security technologist
  • Growth analysis
  • IT statistician

Admission criteria

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed below, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.


STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.

Not accepted.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

ATAR-related adjustments

Details of the types of ‘bonus points’ commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.

ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period

View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.

Mature age entry

Discover other ways you can qualify

Essential WACE courses

  • Mathematics: Methods ATAR, or equivalent.

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.

TAFE requirements

  •  Diploma


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Commonwealth supported What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? - A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

Why Data Science?

The development of this major is strongly linked with the recent developments in the ‘Big Data’ space – with the establishment of the Curtin Institute for Computation - CIC (research focus), and the opening on the Bentley campus of Innovation Central Perth (providing potential University / Industry links in education and research.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.