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Bachelor of Computer Science

Degree Type Bachelor

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

SATAC Code 314111

CRICOS 023413M

The Bachelor of Computer Science caters for students with specific interests in computer science and/or information technology. It has a core of compulsory computer science courses and a wide range of electives including mathematics and statistics. Additionally, students can take electives in other disciplines including commerce, economics, engineering, finance, humanities and social sciences or science.

Students can tailor their degree to guide them towards a particular career, which may include computer graphics, database and information systems management, network management and software engineering.

The program produces highly skilled, adaptable graduates who are able to design computer-based solutions to address information management and processing problems in industry, commerce, science, entertainment and the public sector.

  • Entry Requirements

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    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 314111
    2016 CSP ATAR 70.45
    Adelaide Approved Score 80
    2016 CSP IB 25
    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.
    • VET applicants
      You must have completed an AQF Certificate IV or above from a Registered Training Organisation. Your application will be ranked according to the level of the award.
    • 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
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 314111

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    International ATAR 70
    IB 25
    IELTS Overall 6 [more info]
    Mid-year entry? Yes
    CRICOS 023413M
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Equivalent Scores
    International ATAR 70
    IB 25
    A-Level 6
    UEC [Malaysia] 25
    SAT [US] 1120
    ISC & CBSE [India] 60%
    ISBE [India] [1] 70%
    OSSD OAC [Canadian Pre-U] 65
    Eynesbury Foundation Program 339
    Bradford Foundation Program 70
    [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: $8,825

    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 industries and areas. Employment opportunities exist in: administration, business data processing, computer programming, computer science, engineering design, financial software, games programming, graphics programming, information technology management, Internet commerce, network management and support, quality improvement, scientific data analysis, systems analysis, software engineering, systems support, real-time process control and user interface programming.

    Career Pathways
    Bachelor of Computer Science students can tailor their respective programs to guide them towards a particular career. Some of the options available are as follows:

    • Computer Graphics: As computing becomes a more visual medium, the demand increases for computer scientists with skills in the areas of computer vision, graphics, networking and broadband telecommunications. With the right choice of computer science courses and electives, students will be well prepared for a rewarding career in this area.

    • Database and Information Systems Management: Database and information systems management is an increasingly important field in the area of information technology, with large volumes of data needing to be correctly stored and interpreted. It is recommended that students thinking about this type of career also undertake electives from the discipline of statistics.

    • Network Management: Graduates in this area focus on the technical aspects of the design and implementation of data communications networks, including security and robustness. Choosing courses specifically focused on network issues will assist students to follow this career path.

    • Software Engineering: Software engineering is an essential discipline for anyone aiming to write reliable software for complex systems. Computer science degrees offer several software engineering courses, which include group projects tackling real world problems and cover the creation of software from its conception to delivery.


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

  • 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 program study overseas during levels 2 and 3. Both semester and year long exchange is possible.

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

    This program provides foundational studies in computer science and mathematics, followed by advanced work in information technology and more specialised areas of computer science. Additionally, students may select other computer science, mathematics and statistics courses and courses from a wide range of other disciplines.

    A core of computer science courses is studied in second and third years, including studies of programming and software engineering, operating systems, computer networks and database systems.

    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 access 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 NOTES (3 units)*

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

    b) SEE BELOW NOTES (3 units)*

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

    COMP SCI 1106 Introduction to Software Engineering (3 units)

    Level I Elective (9 units)
    Year 2 c) SEE BELOW NOTES (3 units)*

    COMP SCI 2207 Web & Database Computing (3 units)

    COMP SCI 2000 Computer Systems (3 units)

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

    Level I, II or III Elective (3 units)

    COMP SCI Level II Elective (3 units)

    Level II Electives (6 units)
    Year 3 COMP SCI 3001 Computer Networks and Applications (3 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 (9 units)

    Level III Elective (3 units)
    Do not need to complete COMP SCI 1101 Introduction to Programming and therefore 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, II or III 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, this is 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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