Highlights

  • New course in 2020.
  • Complete in as little as six months full-time.
  • Develop an understanding of computer programming, leading to an appreciation of their design and implementation.
  • Continue onto a Master of Information Technology.

Highlights

  • New course in 2020.
  • Complete in as little as six months full-time.
  • Develop an understanding of computer programming, leading to an appreciation of their design and implementation.
  • Continue onto a Master of Information Technology.

Why choose this course?

The Graduate Certificate in Computer Science major is designed as a generalist course, allowing you the flexibility to choose specialist units from a variety of complementary areas
including networking, cyber security, software development and data science.  The aim of this major is to create more well-rounded IT professionals, by allowing them to learn more about a variety of hot topics that are complementary to one another rather than being tied to one specific domain.

Real-world learning

During your studies, you will experience a range of learning approaches, including:

  • project-based units requiring you to apply theoretical and technical knowledge in the development of artefacts such as software applications, business cases, technical specifications, conceptual models and theoretical frameworks;
  • using real world and research-inspired problems within units;
  • using advanced analytical, conceptual and logical thinking processes to solve novel and complex problems;
  • covering relevant contemporary IT and interpersonal capabilities necessary for you to be prepared to move into senior professional positions.

Learn from the best

The most recent QILT data shows the overall quality of the QUT postgraduate IT experience is one of the best in Queensland, with our courses score well over the national average for overall student satisfaction (80.3%).  We are above the national average for 5 or the 6 QILT quality indicators, and lead Australia in student satisfaction related to skill development (89%).

Explore this course

What to expect

All market sectors are embracing new digital and technological advances to ensure they remain competitive (source: Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA)).  The prevalence of digital technologies in industry is resulting in growing demand for savvy IT professionals across a diverse range of sectors and roles.

Fields such as data science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cyber security, virtual and augmented reality, and the Internet of Things continue to evolve rapidly.  Business investment in these areas continues to grow, as does the demand for expertise in these areas (source: Australia’s Digital Pulse, ACS/Deloitte).

Our new Graduate Certificate in Computer Science has been developed to align with those emerging IT industry trends.

Careers and outcomes

Careers and outcomes

Upon graduation you will have the ability to demonstrate well-developed computer science discipline knowledge. You will be able to investigate, appraise, and apply computer science methods and approaches to address complex industry, community and individual requirements. Your design and problem solving skills will allow you to critically analyse complex environments, assess alternate IT solutions, and evaluate outcomes.

 

Course articulation

Upon successful completion of this course, you will eligible for entry into IN20 - Master of Information Technology with a reduced course duration.

Course articulation

QUT offers an pathway for international students who want to study a Master of Information Technology. The Graduate Certificate in Communication for Information Technology (IN17) is designed to help students acquire postgraduate level knowledge and skill in a specialist information technology discipline, while developing competency in English language and academic literacy. Upon successful completion of IN17, students are eligible for one semester of advanced standing towards the Master of Information Technology (see course description for details).

Possible careers

  • Computer Scientist
  • Computer Systems Engineer
  • Computer-aided designer
  • Data Systems Developer
  • Enterprise Consultant
  • Enterprise architect
  • IT project manager
  • Solution architect
  • Systems Analyst

Details and units

To graduate with a Certificate in Computer Science you are required to complete 48 credit points of course units consisting of:

  • 24 credit points of core units, comprising of two 6 credit points units; plus
  • 36 credit points of discipline option units selected from an approved list of units.

To graduate with a Certificate in Computer Science you are required to complete 48 credit points of course units consisting of:

  • 24 credit points of core units, comprising of two 6 credit points units; plus
  • 36 credit points of discipline option units selected from an approved list of units.

Requirements

Course code
IN15
CRICOS code
0101553
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
Delivery
  • Gardens Point
Duration
6 months full-time
12 months part-time
Duration
6 months full-time
Entry
February and July
Entry
February and July

A recognised bachelor degree (or higher qualification) in information technology or related discipline; or

A recognised bachelor degree (or higher qualification) in any discipline and three years full-time (or equivalent) professional experience in an information technology related field; or

A recognised diploma (or higher qualification) in information technology or related discipline and at least two years full-time (or equivalent) professional work experience in an information technology related field; or

At least five years full-time (or equivalent) professional work experience in an information technology field.

Minimum academic requirements

A recognised bachelor degree (or higher qualification) in information technology or related discipline; or

A recognised bachelor degree (or higher qualification) in any discipline and three years full-time (or equivalent) professional experience in an information technology related field.*

*You must provide a detailed curriculum vitae and employer statements with your application. These must include your position details including your roles and specific responsibilities outlining your IT discipline knowledge and duties undertaken in IT projects. All work experience must be post degree studies.

 

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2021 fees

2021: $12,400 per year full-time (48 credit points)

2021 fees

2021: $17,400 per year full-time (48 credit points)

Student services and amenities fees

You may need to pay student services and amenities (SA) fees as part of your course costs.

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FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

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Scholarships

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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