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Bachelor of Information Systems / Computer Science

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Combine two of the most in-demand skillsets in one double degree program. With a Bachelor of Information Systems / Bachelor of Science (Computer Science), you’ll graduate with sought-after skills, knowledge and expertise across data and technology. You'll be prepared to apply your skills to solve complex business problems.
Commencing Terms
Term 1, 2 & 3
Duration
4 Years
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Campus
Kensington
Codes
Program code 3795
CRICOS code 116103G
Entry Requirements
ATAR/2023 lowest selection rank
90.0
View all admission criteria
Fees
2024 Indicative first year full fee
$10,500*
2024 Indicative full fee to complete degree
$48,000*
Bachelor of Information Systems and Computer Science

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Overview

Combine your interests across data, technology and business in one double degree program. With a Bachelor of Information Systems / Bachelor of Computer Science, you’ll graduate with an in-demand data and technology skillset, ready to solve complex business problems and launch your career across diverse business and technology environments.

In this degree, you'll work with both hardware and software, analyse data and data structures, design algorithms and use programming languages to develop the skills and knowledge required for building computer applications. 

Additionally, you’ll develop specialist skills, knowledge and experience in information systems to apply your computer expertise in a range of business contexts. You’ll gain the foundation to develop and implement IT solutions, goals and strategies for a range of businesses. 

Key features

Real-world experience
Learn how to apply your skills and knowledge to real-world business cases through Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Additionally, our Career Accelerator program offers real-world professional experiences from day one. These opportunities include internships, professional networking and mentoring, global opportunities and group consulting projects.

Gain professional recognition and accreditation
You’ll gain accreditation by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) for provisional membership at the Professional Level. SAS Certification in Business Analytics is also available, further boosting your employability within organisations.

Project-based learning
The ChallENG program connects UNSW Engineering students, academics and companies to real-world, project-based learning initiatives. With exposure to a multidisciplinary learning approach, you’ll earn academic credit and develop your technical skills.

Level up with honours
An additional honours year is available to high achieving students. You’ll complete an independent research project and advanced coursework to level up your skillset and gain a competitive edge to kickstart your computer science and information systems career.

Why study this degree at UNSW?

Study at the intersection of two leading faculties – UNSW Business School and UNSW Engineering

We’re Business leaders
Study at the heart of career impact, quality and reputation. The School of Information Systems and Technology Management is ranked 1st in Australia, 3rd in the Asia-Pacific and 14th globally1. When combined with the backing of the #1 Business School in Australia2, you’ll be empowered to take your information systems education to the next level. 

Australia’s leading Engineering & Technology faculty
Ranked 1st in Australia for Engineering and Technology and 31st in the world3, UNSW Engineering is the place to kickstart your career in computer science. You’ll join our leading School of Computer Science and Engineering in delivering technological innovation and impact to drive progress in the world.

1) Association for Information Systems (AIS), 2024
2) AFR BOSS Best Business School, 2022, 2023
3) QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2024

 

Program Code
3795
CRICOS Code
116103G
Campus
Kensington
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
192

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Entry requirements

2023 Lowest Selection Rank
90.0
2023 A levels
16.0
2023 IB Diploma
34.0
2023 Lowest ATAR
80.0
    1. The 2023 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2023.
    2. The 2023 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    3. The 2023 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2023. It is to be used as a guide only.
    4. The 2023 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
  • At UNSW, we are committed to ensuring prospective students have all the information they need in order to make informed decisions about their study options.

    To assist you in gaining a better understanding of how Admissions works at UNSW, we have provided you with a summary of ATAR offers and the student profile.

    We hope this information will help you identify the degree that is right for you.

Adjustment Factors


We offer a range of adjustment factor schemes that reward students for academic performance and extra-curricular achievements. These schemes also take into account a range of personal and educational disadvantages that may have affected your studies. 

HSC Plus 
This scheme rewards students who perform well in Year 12 subjects that are relevant to their preferred UNSW degree. You may be awarded up to five points. 

Elite Athletes, Performers and Leaders (EAPL) 
This program recognises achievements in the areas of sport, academia, leadership and music at an elite level. You may be eligible for up to five points.

Educational Access Scheme (EAS)
Factors such as illness, financial hardship, language difficulties or attending a particular school can mean you don't always get the best possible marks in Years 11 and 12. If one of these situations applies to you, submit an application for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) via UAC. Eligible students can receive between 1 and 10 points towards their chosen UNSW degree.

Admission pathways


Your ATAR is not the only measure of your potential to succeed, which is why we offer a range of pathways into university. Explore your options below and get in touch with our future student advisors to discuss your path to UNSW. 

Gateway Admission Pathway
This scheme is open to students in Years 11 and 12 who attend Gateway schools. It significantly adjusts the ATAR requirements for your preferred UNSW degree and provides you with an early conditional offer to UNSW. 

Entry programs for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
We offer entry programs for Indigenous Australians, including the Indigenous Preparatory Programs and the Indigenous Admission Scheme (IAS). The entry pathway program you apply for will depend on the degree you want to study. 

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics Extension 1

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.

International direct entry

We do not accept secondary qualifications from this country. We may accept tertiary study results, please contact us for more information.

Please contact us for direct entry requirements.

Admission pathways


If you do not meet the requirements for direct entry into your chosen degree, you may be eligible for a pathway program with UNSW College. UNSW College provides alternative entry options using university-approved content so that you can start your UNSW journey with confidence. 

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

The Bachelor of Information Systems / Bachelor of Computer Science is a 4 year double degree program. It combines the main features of the single degrees to provide a specialised skillset across data and technology.

From the Information Systems portion of the program, you’ll build a strong foundation across data analytics, program and organisational systems. You will study core courses and electives including, but not limited to: 

  • Data analytics and decisions
  • Digital transformation in business
  • Cybersecurity
  • eCommerce systems
  • Information and database systems in organisations 

In the Computer Science portion of the program, you’ll study the representation of data and data structures and the design of algorithms for programming languages and machine systems. Personalise your studies with a specialisation in one of the following in-demand areas:

    • Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence)
    • Computer Science (Security Engineering)
    • Computer Science (Computer Networks)
    • Computer Science
    • Computer Science (Database Systems)
    • Computer Science (Embedded Systems)
    • Computer Science (Programming Languages)

Full program structure

Future careers

With a combined computer science and information systems skillset, you’ll double your impact and your career opportunities across a range of industries. The technical skills and knowledge you gain through a degree in computer science will be complemented by the organisations and systems expertise gained through an information systems degree – putting you in a unique position to solve and lead on complex business problems.

Specialists in computer science and information systems are increasingly sought after. You could work in data and technology driven roles, including:

  • Business Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Systems Developer
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • e-Commerce Specialist
  • Digital Transformation Specialist
  • IS Development Specialist
  • IS/IT Architect
  • IS/IT Consultant
  • IT Infrastructure Developer
  • Network developer
  • Network and Systems Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • Technical Manager
  • User Experience Designer
  • Games Developer

UNSW is known for its graduate employability, ranking in Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Future Leaders Awards in 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024. Whichever path you choose across computing or information systems, with a Bachelor of Information Systems / Bachelor of Computer Science, you’re on the path to becoming one of Australia’s most employable graduates. 

Our graduates are employed at

  • Microsoft
  • Google
  • Amazon
  • Canva
  • Atlassian
  • CSIRO
  • CISCO

Accreditation

Accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) for provisional membership at the Professional Level.

How to apply

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January. Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

Ready to start your application?

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.

Ready to start your application?

Fees & Scholarships

2024 Indicative First Year Fee
$10,500*
2024 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$48,000*

Commonwealth Supported Place multiple Student Contribution Bands may apply for this double degree. See single degrees for the applicable fee bands.*The student contribution for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 based on a standard full-time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The actual student contribution you will be liable for depends on your individual program of study and the calendar year in which you enrol. Actual fees are calculated upon enrolment. Student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University and may increase each year during your studies (subject to caps determined by the Australian Government), effective at 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.

*Fees are subject to annual review (or when required) by the University and may vary accordingly.

Indicative fees are a guide only and have been calculated based on the typical enrolment patterns of students undertaking the program. The indicative fees 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
$53,000*
2024 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$231,500*

*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.

Domestic student scholarships

Explore the range of scholarships currently available at UNSW Business School or UNSW Engineering's School of Computer Science and Engineering or the broad selection at UNSW Scholarships.


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