Bachelor of Computer Science (Advanced)

Degree Type Bachelor
Duration 3 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 324681
CRICOS 075810A

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:

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 2018

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions information

    SATAC Code 324681
    2018 CSP ATAR 95.3
    2018 CSP IB 37
    2018 Guaranteed Entry Score 95
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
    Enquiries Future Students team
    Selection Criteria
    Year 12 Applicants 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 (such as bonus points)).
    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)
    Additional Entry Requirements
    Year 12 applicants must obtain an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of 95 or higher (or equivalent).

    Alternative entry pathways
    • Higher Education applicants
      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.
    • Special Entry applicants
      You must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2019. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2018 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2018 or 2017), 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 2017). 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 Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information.
    • Without formal qualifications?
      You may be eligible for our special access schemes.
    • Other Entry Pathways
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 324681

    International applicants

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    Admissions information

    CRICOS 075810A
    Intake February and July. Students commencing in July may have a slightly limited selection of courses.
    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
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge 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
    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 [US] 1520
    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 81
    Monash Foundation Year 82.5
    Trinity College Foundation Studies Program 86
    UNSW Foundation Year 8.5
    University of Sydney Foundation Studies Program 8.0
    Western Australia University Foundation Studies Program 77
    University of Queensland Foundation Studies Program 6.0
    Non-Go8 Foundation Score 88
    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
    Prerequisites
    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)
    International Qualifications Mathematics
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Commonwealth-supported place: $9,275

    More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $39,000

    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 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 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 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).

    Potential careers

    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, Internet Commerce Specialist

  • Study Overseas

    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 Study Overseas opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Study Overseas Experience

    It 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.
  • Degree Structure

    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 Specialisation

    Majors

    Choosing a major is a great way to pursue topics of interest without narrowing future options. 

    Majors are available across the following areas:

    Artificial Intelligence

    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.

    Computer Science

    This major allows students to take a flexible elective program across all areas of computer science.

    Cybersecurity

    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

    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 Plan

    Assessment

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

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  • Further Information

    Further enquiries
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Last updated: Thursday, 6 Dec 2018