What is a Diploma?

A Diploma is a 12-month course that gives you the foundational skills and knowledge in a specific area of study. A Diploma in Computer Science will take you straight into Second Year at UNSW’s world-renowned School of Computer Science and Engineering.

It is a great option for you as an international student if you need a bit more support but don't want to add extra time to your degree. If you have just missed out on direct entry into your preferred bachelor's degree, or hold qualifications that are not recognised by UNSW Sydney, this could also be the program for you.

Intakes

January, May, August

Duration

12 months (3 terms)

Weekly class time

Approximately 20-25 hours

Progression

Second Year, Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) at UNSW Sydney

Delivery mode

On-campus

Diploma Pathway Responsive

Who is this program for?

The UNSW Diploma Program has been designed specifically for international students. Our Diplomas make it easy to adjust to university, with:

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

With an innovative First Year equivalent curriculum, you will learn about the design, construction and uses of computer systems with an emphasis on the basic principles behind computing tools, operating systems, compilers and translators, and computer hardware.

Why study computer science at UNSW Sydney?

Australia’s No.1 Engineering faculty has a strong focus on research, providing an education where you will question, experiment and make new discoveries. You will graduate ready to launch your future in computer science.

UNSW provides world-class education and a career-focused student experience. You will belong to a connected student community with opportunities to expand your network socially and professionally, as well as full access to UNSW’s world-class libraries, labs, clubs and societies.

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).

Career opportunities

  • Big Data Analyst
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Cyber Security Consultant
  • Game Programmer
  • IT Consultant
  • Software Developer
  • Systems Engineer

Your future at UNSW

Once you successfully complete a UNSW Diploma in Computer Science, you will progress to Second Year at UNSW Sydney to complete your Bachelor of Science (Computer Science). From here, you’ll choose a degree major to focus your studies on your future career.  

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.

  • Top 50
    Worldwide

    QS World University Rankings, 2022.

  • Most
    Employable Graduates

    AFR Top 100 Future leaders Award.

  • Leading
    Innovation

    #1 Australian uni attended by start-up founders.

Program structure

UNSW Diploma students learn the fundamentals required for their future studies in courses that are equivalent to First Year undergraduate courses at UNSW Sydney.  

The added support that Diploma students receive will equip them with both the academic and English skills for their journey into the Second Year at UNSW Sydney. 

For more information on each major you can study when you get to UNSW, see below.  

  • What is artificial intelligence? 

    Many systems, from search engines to financial systems and health systems, use artificial intelligence (AI) techniques such as machine learning. As autonomous devices become more common, they are used in applications like home and office automation, entertainment and to enhance production and improve safety in sectors such as mining, manufacturing and transport. 

    Artificial intelligence Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Computer Science below. 

    Artificial intelligence courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
    • Applied Biomolecular Sciences 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Physics 1B OR Higher Physics 1B 
  • What is computer networks? 

    Networks are critical infrastructure in modern society, and will become even more important in the future. Business, finance, health services, education, defence and leisure all rely on the existence of a stable, secure, fast, high-capacity network. Computing professionals with a deep understanding of networks are in high demand, both to maintain and enhance existing network infrastructure (especially mobile networks), and to develop new forms of networking. 

    Computer networks Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Computer Science below. 

    Computer networks courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
    • Applied Biomolecular Sciences 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Physics 1B OR Higher Physics 1B 
  • What is computer science? 

    This field involves the study of the design, construction and uses of computer systems. It deals with the representation of data and data structures in computer systems and the design of algorithms for automatic manipulation of this information by programming languages and machine systems. 

    Computer science Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Computer Science below. 

    Computer science courses 

    Core courses: 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Communication and Academic Literacy 

    Electives (choose 3):  

    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
    • Applied Biomolecular Sciences 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Physics 1B OR Higher Physics 1B 
  • What is database systems? 

    Database management systems provide essential infrastructure for handling the large volumes of data required by corporate, government, scientific and educational organisations. The success of these organisations can rely on how their database systems are applied. Examples of large organisations with significant data management needs are financial institutions, telecommunications companies and manufacturing enterprises. Data management is also critical in scientific research labs and small businesses. 

    Database systems Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Computer Science below. 

    Database systems courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
    • Applied Biomolecular Sciences 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Physics 1B OR Higher Physics 1B 
  • What is ecommerce systems? 

    Providing the IT infrastructure for developing and managing enterprise applications, typical ecommerce systems deal with both B2C (business-to-customer) and B2B (business-to-business). They include e-government, e-banking and e-health. ecommerce systems engineering requires understanding the requirements of business processes – security, public policy, project management – and the effective use of the IT infrastructure.  

    Ecommerce systems Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Computer Science below. 

    Ecommerce systems courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
    • Applied Biomolecular Sciences 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Physics 1B OR Higher Physics 1B 
  • What is embedded systems? 

    Embedded systems make up more than 99 per cent of all computer systems in operation. They are designed for specific purposes ranging from household appliances, such as microwave ovens and set-top boxes, to sophisticated real-time controllers used in fly-by-wire aircraft and the Large Hadron Collider. 

    Embedded systems Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Computer Science below. 

    Embedded systems courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
    • Applied Biomolecular Sciences 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Physics 1B OR Higher Physics 1B 
  • What is programming languages? 

    This area forms the basis of all software development. Over the years, computer scientists have developed a number of major programming frameworks. They have created a wide variety of programming languages based on these frameworks, ranging from general purpose languages to application-specific languages. 

    Programming languages Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Computer Science below. 

    Programming languages courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
    • Applied Biomolecular Sciences 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Physics 1B OR Higher Physics 1B 
  • What is security engineering? 

    This area covers cybersecurity in industry, with an engineering focus. This means an emphasis on professional approaches to engineering security – examining failures, bugs and human system interactions and issues. There is an ongoing focus on security by design and professional ethical security practice. 

    Security engineering Diploma courses 

    View an example of the courses you will be studying in your Diploma in Computer Science below. 

    Security engineering courses 

    • Mathematics 1A 
    • Mathematics 1B 
    • Introduction to Programming 
    • Computer Systems Fundamentals 
    • Molecules, Cells and Genes 
    • Applied Biomolecular Sciences 
    • Introduction to Engineering Design and Innovation 
    • Physics 1A OR Higher Physics 1A 
    • Physics 1B OR Higher Physics 1B 

Entry requirements

The UNSW Diploma Program is designed specifically for international students, as a potential pathway to study at UNSW. To gain entry, students must meet specific English and academic entry requirements. For more information on these, visit Diploma and UEEC entry requirements.

View entry requirements


In addition, some Diplomas have extra prerequisites. See below.

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.

Diploma in Computer Science prerequisites: Mathematics 

Academic calendars

The academic calendar consists of important dates throughout your study period such as orientation, census dates, study weeks, exam weeks and breaks for your program or course of study.

Orientation Start Census Finish Continue to second Year at UNSW Calendar

 

 

6–May–22

 

 

 

 

9–May–22

 

 

 

 

29–May–22

 

 

 

 

28–Apr–23

 

 

 

 

Term 2 – 29 May 2023

 

 

 

 

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26–Aug–22

 

 

 

 

29–Aug–22

 

 

 

 

18–Sep–22

 

 

 

 

18–Aug–23

 

 

 

 

Term 3 – 11 Sep 2023

 

 

 

 

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13–Jan–23

 

 

 

 

16–Jan–23

 

 

 

 

5–Feb–23

 

 

 

 

8–Dec–23

 

 

 

 

Term 1 – 12 Feb 2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diploma fees

2022 tuition fees

$A39,120

To see how tuition fees are broken down by course and units of credit (UOC), visit this page.

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.

Scholarships

Potential scholarships up to
$A7,500

UNSW Sydney International Student Award
Start a Diploma Program in 2022 to receive a 15% contribution towards your tuition fees.
This award is available to students from eligible countries who are starting their UNSW Diploma studies in Term 2 and Term 3, 2022.  

UNSW Pathway Scholarships
This scholarship is for high-achieving international students who wish to study a Diploma or Foundation Studies Program.

Find out more and apply here.

Ready to apply?

If you are an international student completing one of the following qualifications, you can apply for admission to a UNSW Diploma program through UAC:

  • an Australian Year 12 qualification such as HSC, VCE, WACE etc (either outside or in Australia)
  • an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
  • a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) level 3.

Click 'Apply now' for more information on starting your academic journey with UNSW Global.

Program Code

7003

CRICOS Code

102393G

UAC Code

420300

Why study with UNSW Global?

  • Your path to a global top 50 university

    Successfully complete a Diploma Program and progress directly to Second Year of a Bachelor of Commerce 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, clubs and societies.

Yousif Midhat Khalid Diploma in Computer Science student from Iraq
The diploma program was tailored to be like regular first year in a bachelor’s degree, which made it easier to transition into second year. The program helped prepare me for the rest of the journey.

Yousif Midhat Khalid

Diploma student