Graduate Diploma in Computer Science

Degree Type Graduate Diploma
Duration 1 year full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GD021
CRICOS 001331F

Upskill for the tech future

Computer science is central to developments across almost every industry and expertise in this area is a huge asset in the changing landscapes of the modern world.

What will you do?

This one-year program is suited to students with little prior experience in computer science. You will:

  • learn to design and construct large software systems
  • practise algorithm programming
  • gain advanced problem-solving skills
  • apply your learning to complex computing challenges.

JAVA and C + + are the primary programming languages used in this program. If you’re unfamiliar with object-oriented programming and computer organisation, enrol in Foundations of Computer Science and Algorithm and Data Structure Analysis in your first semester of study.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate prepared to pursue computer science roles in all sorts of industries—from entertainment and networking to science, software engineering and defence. The diploma can also act as an exit point for students who do not wish to complete the full master program.

  • Entry Requirements

    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:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    SATAC Code 3GD021
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Assumed Knowledge SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods (if studied in 2017. If studied year 12 prior to 2017, the equivalent subject was called Mathematical Studies)
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Please note this program is only available part-time in Semester 2.
    Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent in a field other than Computer Science.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GD021

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 001331F
    Intake February 
    Selection Criteria
    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 Requirements
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree from a field other than Computer Science or equivalent.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $32,000

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $44,000

    Scholarships

    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 may find employment opportunities in academia, commercial and government sectors, defence, entertainment, computer science and information technology industries. 

    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 Graduate Diploma in Computer Science is designed to provide a professional qualification in computing and information technology, and also provides the necessary academic requirements for membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and the American-based Association for Computing Machinery.

    Potential careers

    Computer Scientist, IT Manager, Scientist, Systems Programmer, Information and Communications Technologist

  • Degree Structure

    The graduate diploma typically consists of 24 units of material selected from the Level 2 and Level 3 courses, or 12 units if the candidate has already completed the graduate certificate. The course Software Engineering and Project is compulsory for graduate diploma students.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    Assessment

    Assessment includes written assignments, practical work and/or examinations.
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  • Further Information

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Last updated: Tuesday, 8 Sep 2020