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Graduate Certificate in  Computer Science

Program code: 5519
CRICOS code: 073267B

Location

St Lucia

Duration

Half Year full-time

Commencing

Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Change is the only constant in the world of computing. If you're an ICT 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 Program Details.
  • Complete four courses from a huge range of options. Courses cover topics from advanced computer science, programming, information and communication systems, and more. In total there are nearly 40 courses to choose from.
  • Benefit from a program that offers a flexible study plan. Because the Graduate Certificate in Computer Science has such a large number of courses to choose from, you can tailor your studies to suit your interests, your industry, or your career goals.
  • On completion, choose to progress to the Graduate Diploma or the 24-unit Master of Computer Science. Because courses in this program are taken from the master's course list, you can transfer study credits to the higher-level programs.

The Graduate Certificate in Computer Science will build your understanding of the latest ICT technologies, so you can improve your skills and your career opportunities.

  • Teaching staff

    Our teachers are tops

    Our research and teaching work in Computer Science and Information Systems was ranked 60th in the world by subject in the 2017 QS World University Rankings. This puts our academics as the best ranked in Queensland and in the top five in Australia.

  • Research

    Keep up-to-date and know more

    UQ is home to the Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology and also has a dedicated Centre for Discrete Mathematics and Computing, which means our teaching is informed by the very best and very latest research.

  • Campus Life

    State-of-the-art facilities

    The school is home to facilities including more than 400 Windows, Unix and Apple workstations; more than 20 specialist computer labs (including 10 with 24-hour access); a university-wide 802.11ac Wi-Fi network; and dedicated IT and engineering support staff.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Turn your idea into something big

    The Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology has pioneered the development of the Idea Hub – a startup pre-incubator for aspiring student entrepreneurs. The hub gives students access to workshops, experienced mentors, a network of local and global innovators, and more.

Career outcomes

The Graduate Certificate of Computer Science is usually undertaken for professional development reasons – career progression and advancing skills and knowledge.

Graduates are equipped with advanced-level knowledge and skills in relevant areas, such as information systems, software engineering, distributed systems, networks, and security.

Many of our graduates use their qualifications as a way of moving ahead with their careers – whatever field they work in – or use the graduate certificate as a stepping-stone to higher-level computer science programs, which have more comprehensive study plans and offer greater professional opportunities.

Summary

  • Program code
    5519
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    Half Year full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    8
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8
  • CRICOS code
    073267B

Admissions criteria

Prerequisites

Degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree in Information Technology or Computer Science with a GPA of at least 4.0 on a 7 point scale OR relevant post-secondary study and at least 2 years of relevant work experience. Applications on the basis of post-secondary study and work experience will be individually assessed. View additional entry requirements for applicants with overseas qualifications.

English Proficiency

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

Visa requirements

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.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Graduate Certificate in Computer Science are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Graduate Certificate in Computer Science. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

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

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $21,384
Indicative fee 2019

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Computer Science for one semester in 2019. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester. The fee for part-time study is proportionately lower.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

Apply now

All international student applications for the Graduate Certificate in Computer Science can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Computer Science is 5519. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Graduate Certificate in Computer Science 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.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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