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Graduate Certificate in Big Data

Approved Abbreviation: GradCertBigData

Western Sydney University Course Code: 3785.1

AQF Level: 8

Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.

Big data drives the decision making processes for most industries. Mastery of the computing and statistics of big data analytics provides us with the power to direct industries to their full potential. This course introduces the skills and knowledge, with a strong focus on practical application, required to begin a career in big data analytics.

Study Mode
Six months full-time or one year part-time.

Course Advice

Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.


CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadFull TimeInternal See above
Parramatta Campus - Victoria RoadPart TimeInternal See above


Applicants must have:

  • Successfully completed an undergraduate degree, or higher, in any discipline; OR
  • Have a minimum of five (5) years full-time equivalent professional work experience in related roles

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

International applicants must apply directly to Western Sydney University via the International Office.

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website.

International Office

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 40 credit points which include the units listed below.

Students are required to complete the following three core units

Core Units

301113Programming for Data Science
301114The Nature of Data
301046Big Data

And one elective


Elective units must be at Postgraduate Level 7.

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