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Graduate Certificate in Computer Science

Overview

Change is the only constant in the world of computing. If you're a computing professional looking to upgrade, update or deepen your knowledge of rapidly evolving technologies – this program is for you.

The Graduate Certificate in Computer Science is designed for applicants with a bachelor's degree in computer science or information technology (or a related field). There are other ways to meet admission requirements – see Entry Requirements.

You can focus on one or several areas of interest when choosing from the range of computer science courses, including an advanced research project at masters level.

You will be taught by a mix of internationally renowned lecturers, industry professionals and leading researchers. Our learning spaces are some of the most innovative in the world, allowing students to share ideas, help each other and socialise.

Join a growing industry

  • Demand for technology workers will grow by 100,000 between 2018 and 2024 (ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse 2019, Deloitte)
  • Computer science research jobs will grow 19% by 2026 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Location
St Lucia
Duration
Half Year (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023), Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2023)
Program Code
5519
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$23632 (2023 indicative per year)
Duration
Half Year
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023), Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2023)
Semester dates for 2024 are yet to be confirmed
Program Code
5519
CRICOS Code
073267B
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Complete your choice of courses that cover topics from advanced computer science, software engineering, information systems, communication systems, interaction design, research and more. In total, there are nearly 50 courses to choose from.
  • Undertake a research project that addresses a specific topic or problem from the broad fields of electrical, computer systems or software engineering.
  • Benefit from a program that offers a flexible study plan. Tailor your studies to suit your interests, your industry, or your career goals.

1 in Queensland for computer science and information systems

QS World University Rankings 2022

1 in Queensland for mathematics

QS World University Rankings 2022

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2023.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Advanced Topics in Security
  • Machine Learning

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Business analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Digital analyst
  • Market analyst
  • Big data architect
  • Data migration specialist
  • Social media data strategist
  • Information architect
  • Database administrator
  • IT support officer

Graduate salary

Computing & information systems (postgraduate)

$74K–$96K

compared.edu.au

Next steps after graduation

The Graduate Certificate in Computer Science equips students with advanced-level knowledge and skills in relevant areas, such as information systems, software engineering, distributed systems, networks, research and security.

Graduates work across a variety of fields and professions.

Some graduates choose to study higher degrees and go on to research positions at universities or other major research organisations. Other graduates work in industry – as analysts, engineers, administrators, developers, project managers and in specialist roles – with an increasing number of graduates employed in banking, finance and insurance.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry, you'll need:

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in computer science or software engineering, or
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) which includes all of the relevant discipline content (see below), or
  • to have completed post-secondary studies and 2 years full-time equivalent relevant work experience (see below). Applications based on post-secondary study and/or work experience will be individually assessed.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in computer science or software engineering, or
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) which includes all of the relevant discipline content (see below), or
  • to have completed post-secondary studies and 2 years full-time equivalent relevant work experience (see below). Applications based on post-secondary study and/or work experience will be individually assessed.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification

Relevant disciplines for previous qualifications

If your bachelor's degree was not awarded in computer science or software engineering, you must have successfully completed all of the following discipline content in your tertiary studies:

  • data structures and algorithms
  • at least 2 programming courses
  • discrete mathematics or algebra
  • at least 3 from the following:
  • computer organisation or computer architecture or computer systems
  • computer networks or communication networks
  • operating systems
  • databases or information systems
  • probability and statistics

Relevant work experience

Relevant work experience includes professional experience in software development or engineering, cyber security analysis or architecture, data engineering or science, machine learning, computer networks or statistical analysis that involves programming experience and work experience in at least two of the following areas:

  • computer organisation or computer architecture or computer systems
  • computer networks or communication networks
  • operating systems
  • databases or information systems
  • probability and statistics

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English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Graduate Certificate in Computer Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (8 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

Reduced fees (CSPs)

We offer a limited number of Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) for this program based on academic merit. We allocate CSPs after the closing date for applications and before Orientation.

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (8 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $23,632

2023

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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