Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced)
Decode grand challenges
Our Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced) is a distinctive degree for highly capable students who want to tackle global questions in computer science and information technology.
The program is taught by world-class researchers and teachers within a faculty ranked 43 in the world for computer science and engineering*. It features artificial intelligence and machine learning courses not available anywhere else in South Australia.
What will you do?
You will apply your skills to real-world challenges through self-directed learning and practical projects. Depending on your chosen major, you will:
- explore self-driving cars, robotic vision, machine learning and image recognition
- learn how to protect networks, data and software systems from attack and unlawful access
- apply cutting-edge data analysis techniques—such as machine and deep learning—to large sets of data
- design, make and study large-scale distributed software systems, including parallel, mobile and cloud-based environments.
Majors are available in:
- Artificial intelligence
- Computer science
- Data science
- Distributed systems and networking.
We also set up opportunities within the program for displaying your talents to future employers.
Note: You must maintain a high grade point average to stay in this highly competitive degree.
Where could it take you?
With advanced technology skills, you’ll work on solving real problems in our society. You could come up with multi-cloud solutions to tackle future security issues. You might develop a revolutionary algorithm. Perhaps you’ll program nanorobots that reverse aging or design the first unquestionably true artificial intelligence.
*Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019
For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.
For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:
SATAC Code 324681 2020 CSP ATAR 95.4 2020 CSP IB 37 Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 95 Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 37 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses. Enquiries Future Students team
2020 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer 90.5 Median ATAR to receive an offer 96.25 Highest ATAR to receive an offer 99.9 Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer 95.4 Median Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.3 Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer 99.95 Minimum eligibility score 90 Additional criteria considered Selection rank only Recent Secondary Education Applicants with recent secondary education are those whose admission is primarily based on the completion of Year 12 within the last two years, however if you completed your secondary education more than two years ago, you may still be able to be considered on the basis of your secondary schooling. You must not have completed more than 2 years full time equivalent university study (48 units). You compete for a place with your Selection Rank (ATAR plus any applicable adjustment factors). Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Prerequisites SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies). IB: Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods. Additional Entry RequirementsYear 12 applicants must obtain an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 95 or higher (or equivalent). Higher Education Study You must have completed at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units). 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. Indigenous applicants may be eligible for entry through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Access Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2021. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2021 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2020 or 2019), 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 2019). 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 Pathway. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. Other Entry PathwaysSATAC Code: 324681
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2020 Number of students Percentage of all students (A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
<5 N/A (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study n/a N/A (C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
N/A N/A (D) Recent secondary education:
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
- Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
- Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
N/A N/A International students 13 25.5% All students 51 100.0%
CRICOS 075810A Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
English Language Requirements
Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6 TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21 Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169 Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
Secondary School Qualifications Selection Rank (International) 95 International Baccalaureate (IB) 37 Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) 23 United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia] 5 General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level 13 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) 90% British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada) 6.4 Alberta High School Diploma (Canada) 96 ISC & CBSE [India] 90% ISBE [India] 95% SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 1520 AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma) 13 Abitur 1.6 Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education 3.7 Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong 9.5 STPM or Matrikulasi 3.55 Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate 88 The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program 88 Eynesbury Foundation Program 430 ANU Foundation Studies 93% Monash Foundation Year 85% Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 86 UNSW Foundation Year 9 University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 8.0 Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP) 75 University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 6.0 Non-Go8 Foundation Score 88 SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate) Not accepted Other Qualifications Students who don't meet the academic requirements or who have other qualifications from the South Pacific Islands, Japan, Korea, Philippines or Taiwan may be eligible to apply for a Pre-University Pathway to prepare for or gain entry into the University's undergraduate academic programs. For additional information see Pathway Programs
Australian Year 12 SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied from 2017 onwards. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies). IB: Mathematics (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods. International Qualifications Mathematics
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
Indicative annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $43,000
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
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 AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
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).
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, Online Commerce Specialist, Software Developer, Gaming Programmer
A Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, 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 available opportunities visit Study Overseas.
Study Overseas ExperienceIt 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.
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.
Choosing a major is a great way to pursue topics of interest without narrowing future options. Majors are available in: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Data Science, and Distributed Systems and Networking. See 314111 for details.
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.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.
Areas of SpecialisationMajors
Choosing a major is a great way to pursue topics of interest without narrowing future options.
Majors are available across the following areas:
Learn from academics within the Institute of Machine Learning, driving the fourth industrial revolution. In this major, students learn how to design, develop, and analyse software systems to perform tasks requiring human intelligence such as: self-driving cars, robotic vision, machine learning, and image recognition.
This major allows students to take a flexible elective program across all areas of computer science.
Build skills and awareness of the technologies, processes, and practices that protect networks, data, and software systems from unauthorised attack or access. Students learn from Learn from our work leading academics in the area of CyberSecurity including the discoverers of Spectre, one of the most significant CyberSecurity developments in the last decade.
Data science involves the application of data analysis techniques—such as machine learning and deep learning—to large sets of data, helping solve problems across health, education, science, engineering, and business. The University of Adelaide leads the way in global education in Big Data and Data Science.
Distributed Systems and Networking
Build skills in the design, development, and analysis of large-scale distributed software systems including parallel, distributed, mobile, cloud-based environments and building smart cities.
Example Study PlanStudy plans are available on the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.
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: Tuesday, 8 Sep 2020