Graduate Diploma in  Computer Science

Program code: 5520

Delivery location

St Lucia

Duration

1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)

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 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

  • Program code
    5520
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
    16
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 8

Admissions criteria

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.

Learn more about the admissions process

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:

Programs and Courses

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

Government assistance

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Diploma in Computer Science pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $25,280
Indicative fee 2019

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

A standard full-time study load is 16 units over two semesters. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program.

The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.

Scholarships

The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

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

Applying online

Apply now

All domestic student applications for the Graduate Diploma in Computer Science can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Graduate Diploma in Computer Science is 5520. You'll need this when applying.

Find out more about applying for postgraduate coursework study.

Apply now

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 Diploma in Computer Science is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

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

How can we help?

Here's everything you need to get in touch with us.

Ask a question

Send us your question and we'll get back to you
Ask

Live chat

Book a call back

Leave your number and we'll call at a time that suits you
Book

Frequently asked questions

What would you like to know? Browse some of our popular topics or search our frequently asked questions to find answers to some common questions.

How do I know what credit I might be eligible for?

In what month do semesters at UQ start?

Can I go on exchange in a postgraduate degree?

When are my fees due?

How do I find out if my program can be completed part-time?

View UQ Answers