Diploma in Technology (Defence Industries)
Be defence tech’s missing link
Defence technology is at the cutting edge of engineering. But its development and management requires more than engineers.
Defence-tech organisations have a growing need for professionals who understand the science and engineering in their work, and are able to communicate it to multiple audiences—internal teams, customers, government and community. Our new Diploma in Technology (Defence Industries) prepares you to do just that.
What will you do?
Taught over 12 months full-time within a faculty ranked 48 in the world for computer science and engineering*, the degree leverages the University’s strong industry links and world-class research. It has a strong focus on critical thinking and complex problem-solving.
In addition to gaining a broad understanding of technology’s foundational sciences—computer, information, mathematical, natural and physical—you’ll develop skills in evaluating and using:
- engineering methods, tools and processes in real-world defence-related contexts
- systems-thinking principles to manage and develop well-structured and maintainable defence technology solutions
- data analytics and cyber security applications
- AI technologies.
Where could it take you?
You could become an industry liaison for a government research organisation. You might help establish multi-contractor alliances. Perhaps you’ll manage a tech manufacturer’s public messaging. You’ll also receive standing towards the Bachelor of Technology (Defence Industries).
*Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2021
For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. 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. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|2021 CSP ATAR||65|
|2021 CSP IB||24|
|Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR||70|
|Guaranteed Entry Score - IB||25|
|Deferment||Yes - 2 year|
|Intake||February and July|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
|Lowest ATAR to receive an offer||N/A|
|Median ATAR to receive an offer||N/A|
|Highest ATAR to receive an offer||N/A|
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
|Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer||N/A|
|Median Selection Rank to receive an offer||N/A|
|Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer||N/A|
|Minimum eligibility score||65|
|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 . IB: Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations (HL) or Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (SL) MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.|
|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.|
|Vocational Education and Training (VET) study||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. 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 2022. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2022 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2021 or 2020), 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 2020). 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 Pathways|
|Intake||February and July|
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||
|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)||65|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||24|
|Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)||16|
|United Entrance Certificate (UEC) [Malaysia]||30|
|General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level||5|
|Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)||60%|
|British Columbia Certificate of Graduation (Canada)||60%|
|Alberta High School Diploma (Canada)||70|
|ISC & CBSE [India]||60%|
|SAT (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||1040|
|AP (in conjunction with American High School Diploma)||6|
|Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education||2.0|
|Bang Tot Nghiep Trung Hoc Pho Thong||7.5|
|STPM or Matrikulasi||2.56|
|Kuwait General School Secondary Certificate||65|
|The University of Adelaide College Foundation Program||65|
|Eynesbury Foundation Program||319|
|ANU Foundation Studies||55%|
|Monash Foundation Year||60|
|Trinity College Foundation Studies Program||67|
|UNSW Foundation Year||6|
|University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program||6.2|
|Western Australian Universities' Foundation Program (WAUFP)||51|
|University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program||4.0|
|Non-Go8 Foundation Score||65|
|SMA3 (in conjunction with National Final Examination Certificate)||80|
|Gao Kao (China National College Entrance Examination)||55%|
|KCSE (Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education)||B+|
|Australian Year 12||SACE Stage 2: Mathematical Methods . IB: Mathematics: Applications and Interpretations (HL) or Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches (SL) MathTrackX is an online bridging program available as a recognised alternative to Mathematical Methods.|
|International Qualifications||SACE Stage 2 Mathematical Methods or equivalent.
Applicants for admission to the Bachelor of Technology (Defence Industries) must have completed SACE (or equivalent) and achieved an International Selection Rank of at least 65 (or equivalent).
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees||
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.
Laboratory Technician, Management Analyst, Biostatistician, Business Data Analyst, Communications Officer, Communications Technologist, Computer Programmer, Cyber Defender, Programmer, Project Officer, Systems Support, Telecommunications Analyst, IT Programmer, Information Officer, Information Technologist
- Core courses to the value of 24 units
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Last updated: Thursday, 23 Sep 2021