The Graduate Diploma in Information Technology gives an understanding of computing for graduates wanting to specialise in IT.

 

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

Overview

If you want to attain a qualification in computing but have little or no background in this area, the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology is designed for you. It also suits those with a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline who want a broader understanding of computing, or students with a bachelor degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering who wants to specialise further.

This program provides a broad-based IT education and more specialised knowledge in up to two major areas, providing core skills to enable you to work in a range of positions in the IT industry. It’s similar in scope to the Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) undergraduate degree.

Why study at UNSW?

The School of Computer Science and Engineering is focused on creating new technologies rather than being consumers of existing technologies.

The School of Computer Science and Engineering is a leading provider of world class education and research; specialising in education for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. The School also continues to produce internationally acclaimed research, working closely with industry to provide innovative solutions to the sector.

When you study with us you’ll benefit from: 

  • Studying at Australia’s top ranking Engineering faculty
  • UNSW School of Computer Science and Engineering’s research is ranked 1st in Australia by the internationally recognised CS Rankings in Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Databases, Embedded & Real-Time Systems and Operating Systems.
  • Many lecturers within the School are world-renowned researchers in their field  
  • Our School is rated five stars by the Australian Research Council for the research field of Information and Computing Sciences  
  • We leverage our strong industry ties to improve our research, teaching and students’ learning.
  • Our industry partners include leading companies such as Atlassian, The Commonwealth Bank, Google, Honeywell, Microsoft and WiseTech Global 
Program Code
5543
CRICOS Code
061293K
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
72
Indicative Enrolments
70

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Entry requirements

Enrolment in this program requires one of the following:

  • a three year undergraduate degree equivalent to a standard Australian bachelor degree in a discipline containing mathematics up to year two level, and an average mark of 65* overall.
  • completion of the 7543 UNSW Graduate Certificate in Computing, and an average mark of 65 overall or no fails.

A discipline containing "mathematics up to year two level" would mean that applicants need to have an appropriate background in several of the following areas:

  • Discrete Maths
  • Linear Algebra
  • Engineering Maths
  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Probability
  • Actuarial Maths
  • Numerical Methods
  • Vector Algebra

*NOTE: The cut-off for students from Chinese non-211 institutions is 75% (as determined by the Postgraduate Coursework Entry Score Calculator).

Alternative entry pathways

7543 Computing, 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.

Enrolment in this program requires one of the following:

  • a three year undergraduate degree equivalent to a standard Australian bachelor degree in a discipline containing mathematics up to year two level, and an average mark of 65* overall.
  • completion of the 7543 UNSW Graduate Certificate in Computing, and an average mark of 65 overall or no fails.

A discipline containing "mathematics up to year two level" would mean that applicants need to have an appropriate background in several of the following areas:

  • Discrete Maths
  • Linear Algebra
  • Engineering Maths
  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Probability
  • Actuarial Maths
  • Numerical Methods
  • Vector Algebra

*NOTE: The cut-off for students from Chinese non-211 institutions is 75% (as determined by the Postgraduate Coursework Entry Score Calculator).

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

The Graduate Diploma of Information Technology is a 1.7-year program designed for students who want to obtain an IT qualification. The program is open to students with little to no background in computing. The aim of this program is to provide students with a broad-based IT education through a range of core courses.

Full program structure

The Graduate Diploma in Information Technology is a 1.7-year program where you’ll study a variety of core and elective units delivered in a face to face and blended mode. 

    • Principles of Programming
    • Database Systems
    • Data Structures and Algorithms
    • Computer Networks and Applications
  • You can then choose electives from a range of introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses giving you a wider range of electives to pursue your interests and customise your diploma to your needs. You can choose from electives like:

    • User Interface Design and Construction
    • Security Engineering and Cybersecurity
    • Web Front-End Programming
    • Digital Forensics
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Machine Learning and Data Mining
    • Human Computer Interaction

You’ll also complete three advanced disciplinary knowledge courses where you’ll learn the technical knowledge and skills, while updating your knowledge in cutting-edge areas of Information Technology.  

Through your selection of electives and advanced disciplinary knowledge courses you can gain specialised knowledge in up to two areas, enabling you to work in a range of positions in the Information Technology industry.

Future careers

Graduates from UNSW’s Information Technology programs are highly employable, thanks to our strong external partnerships and extensive international alumni networks. This includes valuable industry experience with small start-ups to large companies such as Accenture and the Australian Government Department of Defence.   

The roles you can pursue will depend on your prior study and areas of specialisation, currently graduates of Information Technology work in the public and private sectors in a variety of roles. 

Our Graduates are Employed at:

  • Huawei
  • Commonwealth Bank 
  • Macquarie Group
  • Westpac
  • Australian Department of Defence
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Telstra
  • Microsoft
  • EY
  • KPMG Australia
  • Deloitte Australia
  • PwC Australia
  • Optus

Potential careers

  • Computer science
  • IT
  • IS
  • Software engineer
  • 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
$35,760*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$53,760*

There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. 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
$47,280*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$72,660*

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.

Featured scholarship

The UNSW Women in Engineering Research Scholarship was established to assist women of high academic achievement with an interest in a research and/or an academic career in engineering. UNSW Engineering offers two Women in Engineering Top-up Scholarships every semester.  


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