Honours Degree of Bachelor of Computer Science

Turn high-achieving into a higher degree

An honours degree is a one-year program that builds upon undergraduate study by introducing the challenge of an extended research project.

There are many reasons we encourage graduates to apply for an honours year. You might want to build a necessary foundation for postgraduate research. You could be seeking computer-based solutions to problems in industry, commerce, science, entertainment, or the public sector. Perhaps you’re pursuing advanced communication skills and subject knowledge to gain a competitive edge in the job market.

Our researchers work at the cutting edge of science and technology within a faculty ranked 43 in the world for computer science and engineering*. Our prerequisite for honours study is at least a credit standard GPA.

What will you do?

  • Attend regular classes for advanced coursework.
  • Conduct a major research project in your chosen specialisation.
  • Partner with a mentor who’ll support and encourage your progress.

*Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019

  • Ranked #48 in the world for computer science and engineering^
  • Five-star rating for teaching quality and student support*
  • Showcase your work and network with future employers at Ingenuity

^ARWU, 2021
*Good Universities Guide, 2022

Entry Requirements

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.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code www.satac.edu.au
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Higher Education Study Students who have completed the required undergraduate program to a satisfactory level may be eligible to apply for the Honours program.
Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
Apply through SATAC: www.satac.edu.au

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.


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

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Career Readiness

Graduates are highly regarded by employers and have been successful in a wide variety of areas. Employment opportunities exist in areas of administration, business data processing, computer programming, computer science, engineering design, financial software, games programming, graphics programming, information technology management, Internet commerce, defence, and database and information systems management.

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

Professional Accreditation

The Honours Degree of Bachelor of Computer Science is accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

Potential careers

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

Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

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

Honours Degree of Bachelor of Computer Science is normally made up of six honours courses and an individually supervised project. The supervised project lasts the whole year and counts for 40% of the assessment.  In special cases, the honours degree may be spread over two years.

The courses offered in the honours degree vary from year to year, depending on the research interests of the academic staff presenting them.  Examples include:

Computer Vision
Distributed Databases and Data Mining
Language Translators
Evolutionary Computation
Mobile and Wireless Networks
Honours courses typically have smaller classes and are less formal than undergraduate courses.  Assessment varies and may include writing reports, assignments, and/or exams.

Honours projects are conducted under the supervision of a member of the academic staff, sometimes in association with one of the School of Computer Science's research groups.  Project topics are selected by discussion with a supervisor during the first week of the degree.

Example Study Plan


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

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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021