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Graduate Certificate in Computing

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Commencing Terms
Term 1, 2 & 3
Duration
0.7 Year(s)
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Campus
Kensington
Codes
Program code 7543
CRICOS code 052690E
Entry Requirements
View all admission criteria
Fees
Commonwealth Supported Places are available for this program
2024 Indicative CSP first year fee
$4,500*
2024 Indicative CSP fee to complete degree
$4,500*
Computing

Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Computing program has been designed for students who wish to complete a short qualification in Computing. Whether you plan to bolster an existing career in the field or continue your studies in computer sciences, the Graduate Certificate in Computing is a valuable undertaking.

Generally, you’ll study four advanced topics in Computing to complement or update your existing qualifications. If you have no background in the area of study, you can choose to undertake four introductory-level courses before considering a higher-level qualification in this discipline.

In this certificate, choose from a range of Computing electives that contribute towards your credit points. Gain new knowledge and skills or update your existing qualifications by choosing electives from areas including Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics, Database Systems, e-commerce systems and many more traditional and emerging areas of Computing and IT.  

*Source: QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023

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 this degree at UNSW?

You’ll be studying at Australia’s leading Engineering faculty, ranked 1st in Australia and 49th 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, 2021, 2022 and 2023. 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 Queer Students in Stem, 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.

Admission 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:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

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.

Admission pathways

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 whether you are from an English-speaking background or non-English speaking background. 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:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, UNSW College’s Academic English Programs are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

UNSW holds the #3 ranking in Australia for Computer Science & IT. In the Graduate Certificate in Computing, you’ll study a range of subjects that will help you unlock your earning potential. You’ll gain knowledge to drive tangible change by choosing electives from areas including Artificial Intelligence, Bioinformatics, Database Systems, e-commerce Systems and many more. The Graduate Certificate in Computing allows post-study flexibility and an interesting variance of career choice for your future.  

Full program structure

Degree structures can vary depending on your specialisation of choice, the number of courses you choose and timetabling.

The Graduate Certificate in Computing is a program made up of 24 Units of Credit. This program 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
  • Cybersecurity
  • Database Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Programming Languages
  • Computer Networks
  • Embedded Systems
  • Security Engineering
  • 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. Prior learning credit points may be taken into account.  

Future careers

Are you interested in a career in the cybersecurity, defence or aerospace sectors? 

UNSW could have the answer. No matter what sector you’re interested in, studying the Graduate Certificate in Computing will provide you with the expertise and drive to focus on a fulfilling career.

When you graduate with the Graduate Certificate in Computing you’ll have gained more advanced knowledge that may complement your current role in Computing and IT. Taking on this further study through the Graduate Certificate will help you bridge the gap between your current role and more senior or specialised roles.

Additional studies and their relevant coursework can help you harness your potential to create better outcomes for a plethora of sectors. You’ll move up the career ladder with greater speed and hone your specialisation in Computing. The opportunities this program provides really are endless.

The Graduate Certificate in Computing can also help you upskill and complement your existing role 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
  • Cybersecurity

Potential careers

When you challenge yourself by taking on the Graduate Certificate in Computing at Australia’s leading Engineering faculty, you’ll see your career prospects grow.

  • Computer Science
  • Software Development
  • 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 start your application?

Applications for 2024 intakes have now closed for this program, Term 1 2025 applications are now open. 

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. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

UNSW has a quota system, that ensures the faculty's enrolment is maintained at a level that maximises the quality of the teaching and learning experience at UNSW. Please be aware this is a high volume program and UNSW reserves the right to amend the application and acceptance deadline in order the keep within those limits.

    Applications for Term 1 2025 are now open.

       Applications for Term 2 and Term 3 2024 are now closed.

 

Ready to start your application?

Fees & Scholarships

Commonwealth Supported Places

2024 Indicative CSP First Year Fee

$4,500*

2024 Indicative CSP Fee to Complete Degree

$4,500*

All places within this degree are Commonwealth supported. This means that if you receive an offer from UNSW Sydney as a domestic student, you will have a substantial proportion of your fees  subsidised by the Australian government. Start your application today with our guide on how to apply

2024 Indicative First Year Full Fee
$20,500*
2024 Indicative Full Fee to Complete Degree
$20,500*

*The indicative Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) fees are an estimate based on the relevant student contribution band/s for a Commonwealth Supported Place undertaking a standard full-time load of 48 units of credit per year (1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load/1 EFTSL). To find out more about Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

Indicative fees are a guide only and have been calculated based on the typical enrolment patterns of students undertaking the degree/program. The indicative fee listed here is an estimate for tuition only and excludes non-tuition fees and charges. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year of enrolment, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (48 units of credit (UOC) per year).

You should not rely on indicative fees as fee increases are assessed when required and may exceed the indicative figures listed here. Actual fees are calculated on enrolment. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

2024 Indicative First Year Fee
$27,000*
2024 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$27,500*

*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 here.

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


At UNSW, we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


  • Top 20
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2024.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

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