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Diploma in Computer Science

Take the first step in your study of the design, construction and uses of computer systems with a Diploma in Computer Science at UNSW Sydney, for a direct pathway into Second Year at Australia’s top Engineering faculty.

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Your path to a global top 50 university1

Successfully complete a Diploma Program and progress directly to Second Year of a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) at UNSW Sydney, accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

Support as you learn

The Diploma Program is designed for international students like you, so you can develop English language and study skills to take the next step with confidence.

Directly connected to UNSW

The program is accredited by UNSW Sydney and provides full access to UNSW’s world class libraries, labs, clubs and societies.

Who is this program for?

A UNSW Diploma is the perfect transition to university life in Australia. It’s ideal for international students who need extra support, including those who just missed out on direct entry into their preferred bachelor degree, or hold qualifications that aren’t recognised by UNSW Sydney.

Study a Diploma in Computer Science at UNSW Global2, and progress to Second Year at UNSW Sydney to study a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science).

A UNSW Diploma makes it easy to adjust to university, with:

  • smaller classes and at least 20% extra teaching time
  • additional English and academic skill support
  • course material equivalent to First Year courses within the UNSW Sydney degree, and
  • access to the same facilities and resources as undergraduate students.


Why study Computer Science at UNSW Sydney?

Pursue your passion to create solutions that will change the world, with a career in the dynamic world of computer systems.

UNSW’s globally renowned School of Computer Science and Engineering is in the #1 Engineering faculty in Australia, providing world-class education that empowers students through a hands-on approach.

You will explore new ideas and diverse perspectives within a vibrant student community, through a wide choice of majors available in your Bachelor of Science (Computer Science).


Diploma in Computer Science program information

Intakes January, May, August
Duration 12 months
Terms 3 terms
Courses 8 courses
Weekly class time Approximately 20-25 hours
Progression Second Year, Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) at UNSW Sydney
Scholarships Up to $7,500

#1 in Australia


QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020

Top 4 subjects

ranked in the top 50 globally

QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2020

Most employable graduates

AFR Top 100 Future Leaders Award, 2000

"The Diploma Program offers a more personalised introduction to your UNSW degree. Small class sizes allow you to get to know your lecturers and tutors. The program runs at a slower pace than the standard first year courses, helping you to balance your study and non-study time with less pressure."

Dr Noel Hanna


Progress to UNSW Sydney

Once you successfully complete a UNSW Diploma in Computer Science, you will progress to Second Year at UNSW Sydney to study a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) and choose a degree major to prepare you for your future career.

The Diploma courses that you will study will be dependent on the major that you choose. To learn more about the program structure and courses you will study, view the UNSW Handbook.

Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) majors:

Artificial Intelligence
Computer Networks
Computer Science
Database Systems
eCommerce Systems
Embedded Systems
Programming Languages
Security Engineering

Note: Diploma in Computer Science students must achieve a Satisfactory Grade (equivalent to IELTS 6.5) for the Communication and Academic Literacy course and a minimum pass for all other courses to progress to Second Year of the relevant degree program at UNSW.

Diploma entry requirements

Check if you meet the academic and English language entry requirements for a UNSW Diploma Program. 

If you don’t meet the academic entry requirements for a UNSW Diploma Program, you can study a UNSW Foundation Studies Program first.

If you need help meeting the English language requirements, you could study the University English Entry Course (UEEC) before starting your UNSW Diploma Program.

Key dates

StartFinishContinue to
Second Year at UNSW
17 Jan 20229 Dec 2022Term 1 - 13 Feb 2023View Calendar
9 May 202228 Apr 2023Term 2 - 29 May 2023View Calendar
29 Aug 202218 Aug 2023Term 3 - 11 Sep 2023View Calendar


2021 tuition fees: AUD$38,400

View 2021 fees by course here.

Note: The tuition fee that you will pay depends on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course. Fees are reviewed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed, so it’s important to remember that indicative tuition fees shown above are not guaranteed. Any update to fees is effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are for tuition only – other fees and charges are not included. You can view non-tuition fees here.

“While studying the Diploma Program at UNSW Global, one of the most important things I learnt was time management – and balancing my study and social life. The great facilities, close proximity and similarities between the systems at UNSW Global and UNSW Sydney really helped to prepare me for further studies at UNSW.”

Aileen Inez Widjaja


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  • 1 QS World University Rankings, 2022 .
  • 2 UNSW Diploma Programs are delivered on UNSW campus by UNSW Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of UNSW Sydney.
  • Australian permanent residents, Australian citizens and New Zealand citizens are not eligible to enrol in Diploma Programs at this time. If a student becomes an Australian permanent resident, Australian citizen or New Zealand citizen after they enrol, they must continue to pay international student fees for the duration of their Diploma Program and will be subject to additional competitive processes for entry into a UNSW Sydney program.

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