If you have little or no background in computing but want to attain a qualification in this area, the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology is designed for you. It also suits those with a bachelor degree in a relevant discipline who want a broader understanding of computing, or anyone with a bachelor degree in Computer Science or Computer Engineering who wants to specialise. This program provides a broad-based IT education and more specialised knowledge in up to two major areas, providing core skills to enable you to work in a range of positions in the IT industry. It is similar in scope to the Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) undergraduate degree. 

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Why choose this degree?

This program provides you with a pathway to the Master of Information Technology.

Who should choose this degree?

Anyone with limited prior computing background chooses this program, as well as graduates keen to specialise.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

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

Entry requirements

Enrolment in this program requires one of the following:

  • a three year undergraduate degree equivalent to a standard Australian bachelor degree in a discipline containing mathematics up to year two level, and an average mark of 65 overall.
  • completion of the 7543 UNSW Graduate Certificate in Computing, and an average mark of 65 overall or no fails.

Note: A discipline containing "mathematics up to year two level" would mean that applicants need to have an appropriate background in several of the following areas:

  • Discrete Maths
  • Linear Algebra
  • Engineering Maths
  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Probability
  • Actuarial Maths
  • Numerical Methods
  • Vector Algebra

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

7543 Computing, 8543 Information Technology



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


^There is a limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places available for this degree. 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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