Professional Diploma in Data Science

The Data Science Institute’s Professional Diploma in Data Science provides a foundation in the key knowledge required to set you on a career path in one of the most in-demand and fastest-growing professions in the world.

Data science, professional diploma, postgraduate diploma

The course will allow you to both get a start in data science and analytics and enable you to progress to the institute’s Postgraduate Diploma in Data Science and MSc Data Science. The Professional Certificate has been developed by highly experienced data science professionals and academics and carries 30 ECTS credits on the European Qualifications Framework, ensuring that you gain a recognised, transferable qualification.

It has been developed by practising data scientists with experience working with major international firms across a wide range of industries. They have identified key skills required for data scientists and have also ensured the course content conforms to the Edison European Data Science Framework’s Body of Knowledge (DS-BoK).

Data science, professional diploma, postgraduate diploma

Who should take this course?

The Professional Diploma in Data Science is suitable for those looking to enter data science from other fields or after graduation or those already working in a data analytics or data management role. Managers and entrepreneurs looking to gain insight into the impact and influence of data science and analytics on business will also benefit from taking this course.

Course applicants should have completed a first degree or equivalent. While having numerate and/or science subjects can be an advantage, this is not a prerequisite and candidates from all backgrounds will be considered.

Professional Diploma Modules


Exploratory Data Analysis

Most industry analysis starts with exploratory data analysis and a thorough study of this will help you to perform data health checks and provide initial business insights. You will gain a sound understanding of Python and R programming, descriptive statistics, data management and data visualisation. You will also learn SQL for big data preprocessing and prepare data for big data analytics.

  • Programming Basics in Python and R
  • Data management
  • Measures of central tendency and variation
  • Bivariate relationships
  • Data visualisation

Statistical Inference

Statistical inference is the process of drawing inferences or conclusions from data using statistical techniques. This is at the core of data analytics and data science, and a strong understanding of statistics from the beginning is the prime ingredient for a competent data analyst. In this unit, you will cover the fundamentals of sampling, statistical distribution, hypothesis testing, and variance analysis and use Python and R code to carry out various statistical tests and draw inferences from their output.

  • Fundamental principles of statistical inference
  • Standard parametric tests
  • Non-parametric tests
  • Analysis of Variance

Business Intelligence tools

PowerBI and Excel are fundamental parts of the data analytics toolkit. A strong understanding in these also provides a basis for more advanced data analytics with other techniques and technologies. In this unit, you will gain experience in collecting, processing, analysing, and communicating with data using Excel. In addition, data visualisation is a powerful way to communicate meaning in data and support business decision-making. You will cover the main commercial tools used in data visualisation such as Power BI, enabling you to create a wide range of graphs, charts, and dashboards and use them appropriately in context.

  • Excel Data Analyst’s Toolkit
  • Data Analysis with Excel
  • Data visualisation with PowerBI

Fundamentals of Predictive Modelling

Solutions to many business problems are related to
successfully predicting future outcomes. This module
introduces predictive modelling and provides a foundation
for more advanced methods and machine learning. You’ll
gain an understanding of the general approach to predictive modelling and then build simple and multiple linear regression models in Python and R and apply these in a range of contexts.

  • Predictive modelling principles
  • Linear regression models
  • Model validation
  • Python and R packages and functions for predictive modelling

Data Analytics Capstone Project

This module provides learners with an opportunity to apply knowledge through project work. They will be able to select a project from a specific domain and carry out various data management, exploratory data analysis, data visualisation and predictive modelling tasks to produce analysis, insights and recommendations.

  • Real-world scenarios
  • Synthesise skills and knowledge
  • Presentation and communication skills

Aim of the Program

The overall aims of the Professional Diploma in Data Science will enable you to:

Gain mathematical knowledge required for simple to complex statistical analysis

Develop programming skills in Python and R

Become familiar with and use business intelligence tools used in data analytics and data science

Understand and carry out exploratory data analysis including data management, descriptive statistics and data visualisation

Gain a strong understanding of statistical inference

Develop competence in predictive modelling methods

Develop competence in predictive modelling methods

Communicate complex analysis to technical and non-technical audiences

Assessment and Projects

The course is assessed by assignments and exams for each module and a guided capstone project based on real-world data and scenarios provides the opportunity to bring together elements of the overall course.

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