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Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced)

Degree Type Bachelor

Duration 3 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 324681

CRICOS 075810A

The Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced) has been designed for high achieving students. It suits students seeking more self-directed learning and greater insights into current research and the grand challenges in the fields of computer science/information technology.

The program produces highly skilled, adaptable graduates who are able to design computer-based solutions to the problems of information management and processing in industry, commerce, science, entertainment and the public sector. In addition, graduates will have a deeper understanding of contemporary issues in computer science, extensive exposure to self-directed learning and will have taken part in a wide-ranging program of individual and group projects.

To remain in this highly competitive program, students must maintain a high grade point average (GPA) throughout their candidature.

  • Entry Requirements

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 324681
    2016 CSP ATAR 95.8
    Adelaide Approved Score 95
    2016 CSP IB 36
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    Deferment? Yes - 2 year
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 applicants
    You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR).
    SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Studies. IB: Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3)

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      You must have completed at least half a year full time equivalent higher education study. A Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated for each separate program you have undertaken (apart from some double degree programs where the GPA is combined). You compete on the basis of your best GPA.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2017. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2017 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2016 or 2015), you must not have accumulated more than a TOTAL of 2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) higher education study (ie. including any study prior to 2015). If you meet this criteria, you will be ranked according to your result in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). Your STAT result is not weighted between verbal and quantitative components. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Credit Estimator
      The Credit Estimator is an application that provides information about the possible credit you may receive at the University of Adelaide based on your prior learning.
    • TAFE/VET Credit Pathway
    • Other Entry Pathways
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Year 12 applicants must obtain an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 95 or higher (or equivalent).
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324681

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 95
    IB 34
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 075810A
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 95
    IB 34
    A-Level 13
    UEC [Malaysia] 5
    SAT [US] 1520
    ISC & CBSE [India] 90%
    ISBE [India] [1] 95%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 90
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 430
    Bradford Foundation Program 88
    [1] Acceptable Indian State Board Examinations: Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $8,925

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $33,000


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates are highly regarded by employers and have been successful in a wide variety of areas. Employment opportunities can be found in administration, business data processing, computer programming, computer science, engineering design, financial software, games programming, graphics programming, information technology management, Internet commerce, network management, quality improvement, scientific data analysis, systems analysis, software engineering, real-time process control and user interface programming.

    Students in this advanced degree have many opportunities to develop and showcase their talents to future employers.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Professional Accreditation

    The Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced) is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). It also provides the necessary academic requirements for membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the American-based Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

    Potential careers

    Internet Consultant, Network Engineer, Computer Programmer, Computer Scientist, Computer Systems Engineer, Software Engineer, Systems Analyst, IT Manager, Information and Communications Technologist, Instrumentation Engineer, Internet - Web Programmer, Internet Commerce Specialist

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Global Learning Experience

    It is recommended that students in the Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced) program study overseas during levels 2 and 3. Only semester long exchange is possible.

    To discuss your options further, please contact the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences.
  • Degree Structure

    This program involves a core of compulsory computer science courses, including a selection of high-level specialised computer science courses, and a wide range of electives from mathematics and statistics, commerce, economics, engineering, finance, humanities and social sciences or science.

    Students who perform well can undertake an additional year of study to obtain an Honours Degree of Bachelor of Computer Science. The honours degree can provide a pathway to postgraduate study and a wider range of professional opportunities in the computing industry.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Year 1

    a) SEE BELOW NOTE (3 units)*

    Level I Elective or MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA (3 units)

    b) SEE BELOW NOTE (3 units)*

    MATHS 1008 Mathematics for Information Technology I
    MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB (3 units)**

    COMP SCI 1104 Grand Challenges in Computer Science (3 units)

    COMP SCI 1106 Introduction to Software Engineering (3 units)

    Level I, II or III Elective (3 units)

    Level I Elective (3 units)

    Year 2 c) SEE BELOW NOTE (3 units)*

    COMP SCI 2207 Web & Database Computing (3 units)

    COMP SCI 2008 Topics in Computer Science (6 units)

    d) COMP SCI 2201 Algorithm & Data Structure Analysis (3 units)*

    COMP SCI 2000 Computer Systems (3 units)

    Level II Elective (6 units)
    Year 3 COMP SCI 3001 Computer Networks and Applications (3 units)

    COMP SCI 3020 Advanced Topics in Computer Science (6 units)

    COMP SCI 3006 Software Engineering & Project (3 units)

    MATHS 3015 Communication Skills III (3 units)

    COMP SCI 3004 Operating Systems (3 units)

    COMP SCI Level III Elective (3 units)

    Level III Elective (3 units)
    Note: Students must refer to the course planner for elective choices. Electives may be any University of Adelaide undergraduate course for which the student meets the pre-requisites, is available to be taken by the student and has compatible timetabling.

    Do not need to complete COMP SCI 1101 Introduction to Programming and therefore must complete the following courses in the order listed a) COMP SCI 1102 Object Oriented Programming b) COMP SCI 1103 Algorithm Design and Data Structures c) Level I Elective d) COMP SCI 2201 Algorithm & Data Structure Analysis

    Complete the following courses in the order listed a) COMP SCI 1101 Introduction to Programming b) COMP SCI 1102 Object Oriented Programming c) COMP SCI 1103 Algorithm Design and Data Structures d) COMP SCI 2201 Algorithm & Data Structure Analysis

    ** To enrol in MATHS 1012 Mathematics IB students must first pass MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA, which would be presented as a level 1 elective. Entry into MATHS 1011 Mathematics IA requires SACE Stage 2 Specialist Mathematics, or a pass in MATHS 1013 Mathematics IM. The Mathematics IA/IB pathway is for students who want to study extra mathematics. A pass in Mathematics IB is prerequisite for all Level II Mathematics courses.

    Note: Electives may be any University of Adelaide Undergraduate course for which the student meets the pre-requisites. Please check the availability, restriction and incompatible section on the course planner for elective choices.

    How to choose an elective course in your area of interest? Please refer to the steps via the link: 

    ^Check the course planner for course availability noting the availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.

    Please refer to the ECMS website for a study plan to guide your enrolment


    Assessment can vary from course to course and can include a combination of class work, tutorials, project work and exams.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017


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