Associate Degree in Technology (Defence Industries)

Develop deep defence expertise

Defence-tech engineering is its own world—unique concepts discussed in unique contexts. But with the industry’s current rate of growth outpacing supply of suitably qualified staff, defence-related organisations are keenly seeking professionals who speak their ‘language’.

Our new Associate Degree in Technology (Defence Industries) will give you both the necessary vocabulary and the scientific understanding to use it—whether coordinating research, translating it for customers, or approaching partners.

What will you do?

Taught over two years 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 emphasises real-world experience, with over 150 hours of work-based training.

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
  • AI and automation technologies (Industry 4.0)
  • data analytics and cyber security applications
  • mechatronics and electrical principles
  • advanced critical thinking and interpersonal communication.

Where could it take you?

You could play an important role linking defence-tech engineering with hands-on technicians and head-office executives in defence-related organisations of all kinds—anything from ‘prime’ contractors to local SMEs or the Department of Defence. You’ll also receive advanced standing towards the Bachelor of Technology (Defence Industries).


  • Ranked #48 in the world for computer science and engineering*
  • Get hands-on with up to 150 hours of work-based training
  • Gain credit towards and progress on, to the Bachelor of Technology

*Academic Ranking of World Universities, 2021

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 318001
2021 CSP ATAR 82.65
2021 CSP IB 24
Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 65
Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 24
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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2021 Admissions Data for school leavers
ATAR
(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
Selection Rank
(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
Selection Criteria
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)
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
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 318001

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place: $12,220

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Scholarships

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Careers

Potential careers

Management Analyst, Assistive Technology Developer, Business Analyst, NGO Policy Officer, Communications Technologist, Cyber Defender, Project Officer

Degree Structure

To qualify for the Associate Degree in Technology (Defence Industries), students must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following courses with a combined total of not less than 48 units, comprising:

  • Core courses to the value of 45 units
  • An internship comprising 3 units

Academic Program Rules

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Last updated: Tuesday, 23 Nov 2021