Gain a competitive advantage in your career by acquiring a Computing qualification in less than a year

 

Faculty
Faculty of Engineering
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Graduate Certificate in Computing
Commencing Terms
Term 1, Term 2, Term 3
Duration (Full Time)
0.7 Year(s)

The Graduate Certificate in Computing is designed for students who wish to complete a short qualification in Computing. You’ll study four advanced topics in Computing to complement or update your existing qualifications, or if you have no background in the area you can undertake four introductory level courses before considering a higher-level qualification in this discipline.

In this certificate you can choose from a range of Computing electives. You’ll have the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills or update your existing qualifications by choosing electives from the areas including Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics, Database Systems, e-Commerce systems and many more traditional and emerging areas of Computing and IT.  

Key features

You’ll choose electives from Bioinformatics and a large suite of Computer Science courses. Upon graduation you’ll have developed skills and increased knowledge in enquiry-based learning, cognitive skills and critical thinking and communication, adaptive and interactional skills.

The Graduate Certificate in Computing provides a pathway into the Graduate Diploma in Computing and Master of Information Technology. You can articulate from the Graduate Certificate in Computing to the Graduate Diploma or Masters programs with credit for the completed courses.

Why study at UNSW?

You’ll be studying at Australia’s leading Engineering faculty, ranked 1st in Australia and 36th in the world by QS World University Rankings. 

UNSW’s School of Computer Science and Engineering’s research is ranked 1st in Australia for Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Databases, Embedded & Real-Time Systems and Operating Systems by CS Rankings. Our strong focus on research, with our world-class research facilities feeds leading-edge discoveries straight into our degrees. Our research culture provides an education where you’ll question, test, learn and experiment, making new discoveries along the way. 

Our industry partners include leading companies such as Atlassian, Commbank, Google, Honeywell, Microsoft and WiseTech Global. UNSW is known for its graduate employability, UNSW placed in the GradConnection AFR Top 100 Future Leaders Awards in 2020 and 2021. Australia’s top employers prefer UNSW Engineering graduates over any other university and we’re ranked 22nd in the world for employer reputation.

At UNSW Engineering you’ll benefit from a diverse and welcoming community. No matter what your particular interest, engineering or beyond, there’s a club or society for you. UNSW Engineering boasts 16 student societies including a society for each school. Get involved in Engiqueers, Electrical Engineering Society, Women in Renewable Energy Society or Robogals. UNSW’s Women in Engineering (WIE) society runs social and industry events as well as programs designed to mentor and develop female engineers. 

 

Program Code
7543
CRICOS Code
052690E
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
24
Indicative Enrolments
212

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Entry requirements

Admission to this program requires one of the following:

  • 3-year undergraduate degree equivalent to a standard Australian Bachelor degree with a minimum 65% average; or
  • minimum 3-years' work experience in the area of science or engineering.

Those without such a qualification or experience may submit an application on the basis of a combined education and work experience. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Alternative entry pathways

5543 Infomation Technology, 8543 Information Technology

English language requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Admission to this program requires one of the following:

  • 3-year undergraduate degree equivalent to a standard Australian Bachelor degree with a minimum 65% average; or
  • Minimum 3-years' work experience in the area of science or engineering.

Those without these qualifications or experience may submit an application on the basis of a combined education and work experience. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Pathway programs

5543 Information Technology, 8543 Information Technology

English language requirements​


You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at UNSW. You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

In this program you’ll study a range of courses to suit your career and educational aspirations. You’ll have the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills or update your existing qualifications by choosing electives from the areas including Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics, Database Systems, e-Commerce systems and many more traditional and emerging areas of Computing and IT.  

Full program structure

Degree structures can vary depending on your specialisation of choice, the number of courses you choose and timetabling, to give you an indication you can consider the below.

The Graduate Certificate in Computing is a program made up of 24 Units of Credit. It consists of four courses, that can be studied in a full-time or part-time load. 

In this certificate you have the choice of studying 4 courses from any of the following areas:

  • General Information Technology/Computer Science courses
  • Database Systems
  • eCommerce Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Programming Languages
  • Computer Networks
  • Embedded Systems
  • Security Engineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Internetworking
  • Data Science and Engineering

Upon completion of this certificate you may be eligible to articulate into the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology or the Master of Information Technology, your courses in this certificate will be credited towards your articulated program of choice.  

Future careers

When you graduate with a Graduate Certificate in Computing you will be able to complement your current role in Computing and IT. Further study through a Graduate Certificate can help you bridge the gap between your current role and more senior or specialised roles.

The Graduate Certificate in Computing can also upskill and complement your career in a broad range of industries and in a variety of organisations including: 

  • Telecommunications 
  • Software Industry
  • Research and Development
  • Government
  • Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Agriculture
  • Finance
  • Transport
  • Defence
  • Aerospace
  • Research

Potential careers

  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Information Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Systems Administration

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Ready to apply?

For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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Fees & Scholarships

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$17,880*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$17,880*

As part of the Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates Package, additional Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are now available for this program for T2 2021.

^The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.
 

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$23,640*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$24,140*

Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International.

 

Scholarships

Our scholarships help you achieve your potential and enhance the experience of individuals who might otherwise struggle financially to maintain a place at university. The scholarships reward excellence, and encourage international mobility, diversity and equity.


  • Top 50
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

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