The Graduate Certificate in Computing is designed for students who want to complete a short qualification in Computing. You will study four advanced topics in Computing to complement or update your existing qualifications, or if you have no background in the area you can undertake four introductory level courses before considering a higher-level qualification in this discipline.

You will be able to articulate from the Graduate Certificate in Computing to the Graduate Diploma with credit for the completed courses, provided you have not failed anything while enrolled in the Graduate Certificate or as long as you have achieved a 70% average. If you intend to articulate and complete a double major in the Graduate Diploma or the Master of Information Technology, please pay attention when selecting Graduate Certificate courses to ensure they align with the requirements for your preferred major.

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Why choose this degree?

This program enables you to complement or update your existing qualifications in computer science.

Who should choose this degree?

Students considering a higher-level qualification in computing choose this program, often as a pathway to the Master of Information Technology. 

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Computer science
  • IT
  • IS
  • Software engineer
  • Systems administration 

Entry requirements

Admission to this program requires one of the following:

  • A 3-year undergraduate degree equivalent to a standard Australian Bachelor degree with a minimum 65% average; or
  • A minimum 3-years work experience in the area of science or engineering.

Those without such a qualification or experience may submit an application on the basis of a combined education and work experience. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.

Alternative entry or pathways

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2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


As part of the Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates Package, additional Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are now available for this program for T2 2021.

^The indicative tuition fee for domestic postgraduate students shown is for fee paying students, not students in Commonwealth Supported Places. To find out more about the student contribution amounts for Commonwealth Supported Places visit Postgraduate Commonwealth Support.

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year). Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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