Bachelor of Data Science

VU course code: NBDS | CRICOS: 108667D | Level of study: Undergraduate
3 years full time or longer for part time
In person
Footscray Park
29 April 2024
21 April 2024
Female student looking at data


Propel yourself towards success with a career that perfectly aligns to industry demand. Learn how to identify, organise and analyse big data with Victoria University's Bachelor of Data Science.

In this data science degree, you'll learn to use specialised computational and statistical techniques to analyse big data and generate insights to tackle complex problems. These are pivotal skills for the 21st century, designed to meet the strong demand for data science professionals. 

With industry-focused practices, real-world datasets, and hands-on tools, you will develop an in-depth understanding of deep learning, data management, data mining, and decision making. Throughout your study, you will learn how to wrangle, analyse, visualise, predict, and find insights into data to solve a host of real-world problems.

You will gain targeted expertise in:

  • machine learning
  • deep learning
  • big data management
  • data mining
  • exploratory, predictive and prescriptive data analysis
  • data visualisation
  • business-oriented data analytics
  • cyber security-oriented data analytics
  • web, cloud and mobile application development.

The Bachelor of Data Science is provisionally accredited at a professional level by the Australian Computer Society

Victoria University degrees are internationally recognised and help you find a satisfying career within and outside Australia.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your educational achievements and work experience, as well as your skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

ATAR requirements

No minimum ATAR required

This course does not have a minimum ATAR requirement for entry. Read the entry criteria for this course below.

Why ATAR is not applicable

You do not need an ATAR score to apply for this course. Instead, you need to have successfully completed secondary school and to meet any requirements outlined below. Our courses and support programs are designed to prepare students from diverse cultures for success, regardless of their ATAR, age, education or socioeconomic background.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course Structure

To attain the award of Bachelor of Data Science students will be required to complete

  • 288 credit points of core units.


Fees & Scholarships

University fees vary, depending on how much the government contributes towards course costs (if anything).

Read below to find out about the fee ‘type’, the estimated yearly tuition costs for this course, and the financial support on offer (including our generous scholarship program).

Commonwealth supported place

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is subsidised by the government, reducing it to the amount listed here. Australian citizens, permanent residents and New Zealand citizens will qualify for a CSP place. If your course is not Commonwealth supported, or you don't qualify, you'll pay full fees.

Learn more about Commonwealth Supported Places

10% discount for alumni

If you’ve previously completed a qualification with us, and you’re paying full fees for this course, you may be eligible for a 10% discount.

Find out how




The Bachelor of Data Science at VU can help you launch a career perfectly aligned to industry demand. 

Potential roles include:

  • data analyst 
  • data scientist
  • data analysis specialist
  • data engineer
  • data consultant
  • data systems developer
  • information security analyst 
  • data visualisation specialist 
  • reporting analyst
  • AI scientist
  • AI engineer
  • business intelligence (BI) analyst
  • Business intelligence specialist
  • market intelligence manager
  • data warehouse architect 
  • statistician
  • mobile/web/cloud software developer.

Further studies (pathways)