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Build the skills you need to launch
your career in data science

Admissions Closed  |  This course has commenced. We are no longer accepting applications.

Quick Facts

Here's what you need to get started


April 27, 2022

Study Format



1 semester


Group assignments, presentations and projects

Academic Eligibility

Grade 12


The course is Commonwealth supported and free for eligible domestic students in 2022

Credit Points



The Undergraduate Certificate of Data Science is accredited by TEQSA, Australia


Course Overview

Every day, data scientists are shaping the world as we know it. The World Economic Forum's Future of Jobs Report 2020 predicts that by 2025, the role with the highest growth in demand will be that of Data Analysts and Scientists. Take the first step towards making your career future-ready with the Undergraduate Certificate of Data Science (UCDS) offered by SP Jain School of Global Management.

What will you learn?

  • Understand the fundamentals of data science
  • Recognise data-related problems
  • Explore the technologies used in data science
  • Apply the concepts of data science to create data-driven business solutions


  • Working professionals who want to apply data science in their current role
  • Working professionals who are looking to transition to a new data science role
  • Students who wish to pursue further studies in data science

If you wish to study further upon completing the Undergraduate Certificate of Data Science, you may be eligible to articulate into the second semester of Bachelor of Data Science at SP Jain. (Read more about your pathway to further learning).

This course is subsidised by the Australian Government for students who are eligible for the limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) available in 2022. Find out more.

Note: This course is currently only available in Australia for domestic students. International students cannot enrol for this certificate. The course will proceed based on a minimum level of enrolment.

Why study with us?

  • SP Jain School of Global Management is an Australian business school with campuses in the world-class cities of Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore and Sydney.
  • We are registered as an Institute of Higher Education by the Australian Government's national higher education regulator – the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).
  • We offer multi-city undergraduate and postgraduate programs and leading-edge executive education across our global campuses.
  • We deliver a majority of our online classes with our proprietary Engaged Learning Online (ELO) technology which provides an immersive classroom-like experience virtually.
  • Join our global alumni network of 10,000+ members across 54 countries.


The Best International MBAs: 1-Year Programs (2019-21)


Times Higher Education–Wall Street Journal
1-year MBAs (2018-19)


The Economist
Full-Time MBAs (2015)


Financial Times
Global MBA Rankings (2011 & 2012)

Course Structure

The Undergraduate Certificate of Data Science is designed to provide foundational knowledge, skills and their application at an Undergraduate certificate level in the field of Information Technology.


The course covers the following four units from Year 1 of the Bachelor of Data Science course:

Learn the basis of key mathematical topics to build the analytical, technical and communication skills a Data Scientist should have

  • Develop the foundational skill set required to write and code computer programs
  • Learn the basics of editing and running programs, testing and debugging strategies
  • Understand the key concepts in programming including variable types, control structures and software quality assurance processes
  • Use R and Python to support your learning
  • Learn database concepts and the general skills for designing and using datasets
  • Explore relational database concepts and associated techniques
  • Examine SQL (Structured Query Language), a language which is used for communicating with and extracting data from databases
  • Gain an understanding of data science and the various activities and tasks a data scientist performs
  • Explore the application of data science in business
  • Apply the newly acquired skills and knowledge in practical activities and projects

Gain hands-on experience

The Undergraduate Certificate of Data Science involves significant practical training where you will learn to write code that solves common data-related problems.

Projects you will undertake:

  • Take a dataset from Kaggle and make multiple machine learning models
  • Build a database on an SQL engine for saving and querying data
  • Build a statistical project using SAS JMP

Practical skills you will gain:

  • Learn to apply popular libraries such as NumPy and Pandas written in Python
  • Learn SAS JMP for statistics

Course Learning Outcomes

Foundation Data Science Knowledge

Have a foundational understanding of data science and the techniques for data analysis including programming and responding to queries and tasks

Problem Solving and Decision-Making Skills

Develop inquiry and quantitative skills to solve mathematical problems, data sets, and demonstrate skills to develop computer programs to dissect data

Creativity and Innovation

Arrive at reliable, well-structured and innovative solutions for data interpretation

Communication and Teamwork

Collaborate effectively to design programs for data analysis and prepare and present technical reports on methodology, analysis and solutions

Application of theoretical and technical knowledge and skills

Apply foundational, theoretical and technical knowledge and skills to provide responsible data solutions for a broad set of identified business scenarios

How will you be assessed?

Your assessment will include practical exercises, individual reports/project report, building and interpreting data sets and databases, group project report, presentation for business decision-making, and mid-term and final exams.


Our small class sizes ensure you get personalised support from our highly qualified and experienced faculty who bring a wealth of research, teaching and industry experience to the classroom.



Upon completion of the Undergraduate Certificate of Data Science, you will be equipped to:

  • Apply the concepts of data science you've learnt in your current job
  • Transition to a data science-related role in your current job
  • Explore new career opportunities in roles like Junior Data Analyst, Junior SQL Developer, Junior Business Analyst and Data Analyst Intern
  • Pursue an advanced degree in data science

Pathway to Further Learning

Upon completion of this certificate, you may be eligible to articulate into the second semester of Bachelor of Data Science (BDS) and will be granted advanced standing for all units successfully completed under this course.

Key Highlights of the Bachelor of Data Science program:

  • 3-year full-time undergraduate program accredited by TEQSA, Australia
  • Ranked #1 in India for the second consecutive year by Analytics India Magazine (Top Undergraduate Data Science Programmes In India – AIM Ranking 2021)
  • Gain hands-on training with capstone projects and workshops and explore internship opportunities
  • Get a chance to earn a certification from the Data Science Council of America (DASCA)
  • Be well-positioned for careers in data mining, data modelling, data architecture, and business intelligence development, and for roles such as Data Scientist, Data Architect, Business Analyst, Developer, Consultant, Statistician and more

Our BDS Class of 2021 graduates are building successful careers in: 

Australia: Macquarie  |  Mindfields  |  Nexon Asia Pacific  |  Simpply  |  Suncorp

India: Brillio  |  eClerx  |  Here Technologies  |  Kearney  |  Wolters Kluwer

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Admission Requirements

Note: This course has commenced. We are no longer accepting applications.

Academic Eligibility Requirements

All applicants are expected to have completed a minimum of 12 years of schooling demonstrated by one or more of the following:

  • Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate of Education authorised by a relevant state-based issuing agency with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or its interstate equivalent of 70; or
  • Completion of an accredited vocational education and training (VET) qualification at Diploma or Advanced Diploma level completed at an ASQA registered training organisation (RTO); or
  • All India Senior School Certificate (issued by CBSE) or the India School Certificate (ISC) with a score of 60% or the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) Year 12 exam from the Indian State Board with a score of 70% or more; or
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) score of 24 or more; or
  • Completion of an international qualification where the content, level and intended outcomes are deemed to be equivalent to any of the above through official qualification recognition register or mapping of equivalence by the School.

In lieu of the above, completion of a minimum of 11 years of schooling for the nine Commonwealth of International States (CIS) countries subject to a minimum CGPA score of 4.00 out of 5.00 issued by the National Board in these countries.

English Language Eligibility Requirements

All applicants must have completed their education as detailed above in English and must provide certified evidence to the School.

Applicants who have not completed their most recent education qualifications in English are required to take any of the following recognised formal English language tests and obtain currently valid minimum scores as below:

  • IELTS score of 6; or
  • TOEFL iBT score of 60; or
  • PTE score of 50

Submit your application online

Note: It is not necessary to have the Year 12 results in hand at the time of application. In case the Year 12 results are not in hand, shortlisted students will be offered conditional admission to the program.

Entrance Test Score Requirements

All applicants that meet the eligibility requirements must take one of the following tests and obtain the minimum test score as specified below to be evaluated for admission:

Entrance Test Minimum score required
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) (SAT College Code - 7579) 1000 with a minimum of 600 in the Math section
American College Testing (ACT) (ACT College Code - 1473) 23
SP Jain Entrance Test (SPJET) 50% with a minimum of 75% in the Numeracy section
Joint Entrance Exam (Main) [JEE (Main)] 70%


In addition, select applicants may be required to take a math test developed and administered by SP Jain to assess their numerical skills. For applicants with Indian certifications, this requirement will be waived if the applicant has scored 75% or more in recognised Indian State Board exams or Central Board exams (e.g. ICSE /CBSE)


We shortlist potential applicants based on:

  • Past academic performance and other achievements
  • English language proficiency to ensure successful participation
  • Outcomes and scores of aptitude tests

We also consider other factors including:

  • Applications for credit and recognition of prior learning
  • Equity and Diversity considerations

We will notify you in writing whether your application has been shortlisted or not.


As part of the final stage of applicant evaluation, all shortlisted applicants will be required to write two essays and undertake a personal interview with a member of the School's selection committee at the School's campus or via Skype/Zoom. The essays and interview are designed to assess your communication skills, aptitude and knowledge.


Approximately a week after the evaluation interview, you will be notified about your result in writing by the Admission’s Office.



The Undergraduate Certificate of Data Science is Commonwealth supported and free for eligible domestic students in 2022.

The course is subsidised by the Australian Government for students who are eligible for the limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) available.

What is a CSP?

A Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) is a place in a course where the Australian Government provides funding to SP Jain School of Global Management. This is a subsidy, not a loan, and you don't have to pay it back.

Who is eligible to get a CSP?

To get a CSP, you must be one of the following:

  • an Australian citizen, who will be resident in Australia for at least one unit of study contributing to their course of study
  • a New Zealand citizen, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit(s) of study
  • a permanent visa holder, who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit(s) of study