Diploma in Technology (Defence Industries) New
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 43 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 2019
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SATAC Code 316311 Guaranteed Entry Score - ATAR 70 Guaranteed Entry Score - IB 24 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students team
2019 Admissions Data for school leavers
(raw ATAR, excluding any applicable adjustment factors)
Lowest ATAR to receive an offer new for 2020 Median ATAR to receive an offer new for 2020 Highest ATAR to receive an offer new for 2020 Selection Rank
(ATAR plus any adjustment factors)
Lowest Selection Rank to receive an offer new for 2020 Median Selection Rank to receive an offer new for 2020 Highest Selection Rank to receive an offer new for 2020 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 Scheme. See Wirltu Yarlu for further information. 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) 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 Scheme. 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 Scheme. 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 2020. If you have studied at higher education level in the last two years (for 2020 entry this means you were enrolled in either 2019 or 2018), 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 2018). 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. Other Entry PathwaysSATAC Code: 316311
Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2019 Number of students Percentage of all students (A) Higher Education study
(includes a bridging or enabling course)
new for 2020 N/A (B) Vocational education and training (VET) study new for 2020 N/A (C) Work and life experience
(admitted on the basis of previous achievement not in the other three categories)
new for 2020 N/A (D) Recent secondary education:
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
(regardless of whether this includes the consideration of adjustment factors)
new for 2020 N/A
- Admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered
(e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test, early offer conditional on minimum ATAR)
new for 2020 N/A
- Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
(e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement)
new for 2020 N/A International students new for 2020 N/A All students new for 2020 100.0%
CRICOS 0100946 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 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 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
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 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).
- Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
Fees and Scholarships
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Annual tuition feesCommonwealth-supported place
More information on Student Contribution Amounts.
Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,500
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
Degree StructureTo qualify for the degree of Diploma 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 24 units, comprising:
- Core courses to the value of 24 units
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Last updated: Thursday, 12 Dec 2019