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International entry requirement

Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.



Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 27 Feb 2017
  • Semester 2 - 24 Jul 2017
English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

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3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

UON program code: 40103
CRICOS code: 001604G

Study computer science at UON

At UON we train computer scientists capable of solving the world’s greatest challenges. As a computer scientist, you could help fight diseases by discovering biomarkers that allow early diagnosis. Perhaps you’ll develop more sophisticated online learning systems to support access to education. You might improve safety and security by mining the data captured in smart cities. Or develop virtual reality programs to help people recover from post traumatic stress.

What is computer science? Computer scientists work on challenging programming tasks, develop new software technologies and new ways to use computers. The field spans complex problem solving, artificial intelligence, robotics, computer graphics, digital forensics, bioinformatics, web development and data security. Computer science is fundamental to many everyday technologies like mobile phones, learning systems, online shopping, navigation systems, social media, computer games and programmable appliances.

Why study with us?

  • We’re in Australia’s top 3 universities for good teaching and overall satisfaction for computer science.
  • Study with world-leading researchers in robotics, data mining and virtual reality.
  • Link with industry through guest lectures and work integrated learning.

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What you will study

Computer Science at UON focuses on the design and implementation of software as well as the development of new techniques and methodologies. You will develop skills in the following areas:

  • algorithmic problem solving
  • artificial intelligence
  • bioinformatics and data security
  • computer graphics
  • computer networks and distributed systems
  • databases and security
  • distributed and internet computing
  • hardware
  • programming and software development
  • robotics
  • web site creation

Majors available include:

  • Studies in Computer Science
  • Applied Computing
  • Computer Systems and Robotics

Advanced study options

Gain a competitive edge and enhance your career prospects. If you perform well in your Bachelor of Computer Science you can undertake another year of study to obtain an Honours degree.

With increasing competition in all sectors of employment, students who graduate with an Honours degree from the University of Newcastle have a distinct advantage. It is often considered by employers as an added skill and has been used by previous graduates to pursue higher positions and salaries. You can develop and carry out research on a topic of interest that may lead to further academic study such as a PhD.

When you study computer science with Honours you will develop enhanced skills to pursue more interesting research and development positions in the ICT industry. An Honours degree in computer science also naturally leads to a research higher degree at master or doctorate level.

Computer science graduates enjoy excellent career prospects as the majority of businesses worldwide require personnel skilled in programming, systems analysis and the management of computer resources.

Computer Science (Honours) program handbook


85% Employed ? within four months of graduation
Top 3 in Australia ? for good teaching and overall satisfaction for computer science
World top 200 ? for computer science

Career opportunities

Computer scientists work in software development companies, financial institutions, government departments and research organisations. Their roles encompass the development and implementation of software for complex business problems, systems analysis and the management of computer resources.

Graduates find jobs in:

  • complex software systems
  • advanced computational techniques for graphics, animations and games
  • defence, security and database systems
  • bioinformatics, computational intelligence and robotics

Typical positions include:

  • data scientist
  • software architect
  • games developer
  • computer software program manager
  • business intelligence director
  • application development manager

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

ACS - Australian Computer Society

The Bachelor of Computer Science is accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

Practical experience

Practical experience

UON's computer science laboratories offer cutting-edge facilities, providing the perfect practical environment to apply your knowledge and test your skills.

There is no professional placement requirement associated with the Bachelor of Computer Science. However, you will gain essential hands-on experience through a range of practical assessments undertaken on campus. A Work Integrated Learning course is also available in your final year for approved proposals.