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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Data Science

Key information

Level of study:
Bachelor's Degree
Tuition fees:
3 years
Start date: 02-March-2020
Victoria University of Wellington
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The Victoria Bachelor of Arts (BA) will give you insights into cultures, languages, art, history, politics and societies that will challenge your thinking and expand your view of the world.

Data Science

Study Data Science to develop technical skills in computing technologies, statistics, and mathematics and work with real data sets to develop a practical understanding of the social dimensions of data. You’ll assess the ethics of data collection and use, question privacy and security issues, learn about the importance of communicating effectively with data and gain an overall understanding of the consequences of the data revolution.

Course structure

For this degree you'll need to:

Complete at least 360 points, of which:

  • At least 240 points must be from courses listed for the BA
  • At least 80 points must be from 100-level courses listed for the BA
  • A maximum of 180 points can be at 100 level and
  • At least 180 points must be at 200 and 300 level
  • at least 75 must be from 300-level courses listed for the BA
  • Of the 75 points, up to 15 may come from courses listed for another degree when they are taken to satisfy the requirements of an additional major subject from another degree

In addition to the degree requirements, for this major you'll need to complete:

Three courses at 100 level:

  • Introduction to Data Science (DATA 101)
  • One course from:
  • Introduction to Computer Program Design (COMP 102)
  • Introduction to Computer Science (COMP 112)
  • Programming for the Natural and Social Sciences (COMP 132)
  • Databases (INFO 151)

One further course from:

  • Probability and Decision Modelling (MATH 177)
  • Statistics for Business (QUAN 102)
  • Statistics in Practice (STAT 193)

Four courses at 200 level:

  • Techniques of Data Science (DATA 201)
  • Data Management and Programming (DATA 202)

One course from:

  • Mathematical Statistics (MATH 277)
  • Quantitative Methods for Economics and Finance (QUAN 203)
  • Applied Statistics 2A (STAT 292)

Four courses at 300 level:

DATA 301

DATA 303

Machine Learning Tools and Techniques (COMP 309)

One further course from:

  • DATA 304-399
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (COMP 307)
  • COMS 305
  • Applied Econometrics (ECON 303)
  • Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS) (GEOG 315)
  • System Verification (INFO 377)
  • Marketing Analytics (MARK 317)
  • Optimisation (MATH 353)
  • Business Dynamics (MGMT 315)
  • Decision Modelling for Managers (MGMT 316)
  • Sample Surveys (STAT 392)
  • Multivariate Statistics (STAT 394)
  • Database System Engineering (SWEN 304)

Future-proof your career

The job-market is changing fast with many current jobs predicted to be automated within 10 to 15 years. Gain skills valuable in any workplace studying for a BA develops your creativity, flexibility and imagination, and teaches you how to think critically and present an argument. You'll also develop research skills and learn to communicate complex ideas in both speech and writing.

Get your degree in a subject you have a genuine passion for and set yourself on a path to a fulfilling career. BA graduates are employed in almost every part of the workforce. Your ability to view things from different perspectives, and skills in research and analysis can be applied in a vast array of careers. At Victoria you'll be encouraged to think about how what you learn can contribute to a progressive, inclusive and internationally connected society.

Entry criteria

Achieve the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or three GCE Advanced Level passes at C grade, or equivalent.

English language requirements

IELTS overall band of 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5; or TOEFL 80 on the internet-based test; or A minimum of three ratings of 4 and one rating of 3 in the Victoria University English Proficiency Programme test; Pearson Test of English: score of 50 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 42).


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