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 – the Graduate Diploma in Computer Science is for you.

  • The Graduate Diploma 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 eight courses from a huge range of options. Courses cover topics relevant to advanced computer science, programming, information and communication systems, and more. In total there are nearly 50 courses to choose from.
  • Benefit from a program that offers a flexible study plan. Because the Graduate Diploma 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 24-unit Master of Computer Science. Because courses in the graduate diploma are taken from the master's course list, you can transfer study credits to the higher-level program.

The Graduate Diploma in Computer Science will build and extend 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 Diploma in Computer Science equips students with advanced-level knowledge and skills in relevant areas, such as information systems, software engineering, distributed systems, networks, research 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 diploma as a stepping-stone to the Master of Computer Science, which has a more comprehensive study plan and offers greater professional opportunities.

Summary

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Degree equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree in Information Technology or Computer Science with a GPA of at least 4.5 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.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Graduate Diploma 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 Diploma 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.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Graduate Diploma in Computer Science at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Further study options

Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Computer Science have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Courses and Programs

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