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OP 11

Rank 76

Course information set

  • Learn about the fundamental principles of computation, and to identify and solve system design issues associated with efficiency, usability and security.
  • Become familiar with software development and networked systems, with specific expertise in information security, networks and communications, intelligent systems, data-centric computing, or human-computer interaction.
  • Apply your skills to mobile computing, artificial intelligence, robotics or large-scale information management, or be a part of creating technologies that have not been invented yet.
  • Take part in a flexible and customisable degree with international recognition.
QTAC course code418801
QUT course code IN01
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Course duration 3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 February, July

You can defer your offer and postpone the start of your course for one year.

Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Science and Engineering Faculty
Course contact
CRICOS code 012656E
  • Computer Game Programmer
  • Computer Scientist
  • Computer Systems Engineer
  • Information Security Specialist
  • Programmer
  • Project Developer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Programmer


Computer science is the scientific and practical approach to computer-based system design, development and operation. It deals with areas ranging from the fundamental principles of computation through to tools and techniques for IT system development and evaluation, including identifying and solving systems design issues associated with efficiency, usability and security. Computer science applications extend into specialised areas including mobile computing, artificial intelligence, robotics, and large-scale information management involving information retrieval and web search engines.

If you want to work with cutting-edge technology and be a part of creating technologies that have not yet been invented, a computer science career could be for you. 

Why choose this course?

This major focuses on what makes technology work. It deals with using hardware and software to design and build systems to solve complex problems. You will learn programming and software design techniques, networking technologies and the architecture of different types of hardware systems. Our degree structure is flexible, giving you the opportunity to customise your degree to suit your areas of interest.

With an innovative approach to teaching, opportunities for engagement with real-world professionals and industry leaders, and work experience program options, you will acquire the right skills and knowledge needed to secure a job, progress your career and realise your full potential. 

Customise your degree

Foster your passion and shape your career through complementary study areas.  As well as choosing a major area of study, your course includes a second study area, which can be either a second major or double minor.

A second major can complement your major area of study, giving you the opportunity to develop a significant depth of knowledge and skills in two discipline areas.

IT Second Majors

  • Computational and Simulations Science combines the study of science and mathematical models with the use of computers to provide quantitative analysis and visualisation in order to gain insight to the solution of scientific problems from a range of scientific application areas. Computational and Simulation Science second major graduates will be in demand, to apply the latest computing and computational techniques to specialist application areas.
  • Data Science provides the necessary skills to be a data scientist including statistical methods and data visualisation, computational tools for and data management techniques for large datasets, and high-performance computing resources and techniques.  This unique skill-set in statistics and computing will allow you to cope with sophisticated models applied to complex and/or large datasets.  

You might prefer to expand the breadth of your studies by adding to your major with two minors. You can choose from the information technology discipline, or you can broaden your studies by completing minors that offer general knowledge and insights in study areas from across the university.

IT Minors

  • Business Process Management is a systematic approach to making the workflow of the organization more effective.  You will learn how to discover, analyse, model, improve, automate and monitor various business processes.
  • Enterprise Systems are large scale application software packages that support business processes and information flows across departments. This minor develops the knowledge and skills required in supporting Enterprise Systems within the modern organisation.
  • HCI develops the knowledge and skills to engage in human-centred design activities involving emerging technologies in order to create new forms of human-computer interaction.
  • Intelligent Systems an introduction to the field of robotics and intelligent systems technologies to students interested in careers in this area. Students will develop knowledge and skills to specialise in developing physical and virtual intelligent systems.
  • Mobile Applications develops the knowledge and skills to design, develop and distribute applications or games delivered as a Mobile Application. It examines the role and application of ubiquitous and mobile technologies to the individual and enterprises.
  • Social Technologies develops the knowledge and skills to engage in innovation processes using current and emerging social media. It examines the role and application of social media to the individual, social entities and enterprises.
  • Software Development develops the knowledge and skills to enable students to develop sophisticated software systems in a variety of environments and problem domains.
  • Technology Innovation provides students with a broad set of skills to engage in innovation processes for technology intensive environments which can be applied in a corporate or start-up setting. In addition, students will develop competencies related to design and business.
  • Computational and Simulation Science provides students with knowledge of modelling, simulation and visualisation as used in a range of scientific application areas.
  • Information Systems develops skills in working with people, data, business processes, and technology in finding innovative ways of making these more effective and efficient.
  • Computer Science provides students with both practical skills in IT system development plus an understanding of the basic principles underlying modern computing technologies, and an appreciation for how such principles help us design and assess IT systems.
  • Programming develops the knowledge and skills to be able to design and build software systems for a variety of environments and problem domains.

IT Extension Minors

  • Data-centric Computing develops the knowledge and skills needed to specialize in developing better and novel data-centric systems using a variety of tools, techniques and theories.
  • Networks and Security develops the knowledge and skills involved in contemporary electronic communications infrastructure, concentrating on fundamental networking technologies and information security principles.

Career outcomes

Computer science graduates are experienced in software development, familiar with networked systems and have an understanding of the underlying foundations of all modern computerbased technologies. Depending on your choice of study areas, opportunities also exist to gain specific expertise in information security, networks and communications, intelligent systems, data-centric computing, or humancomputer interaction.

Graduates work in a wide variety of roles such as web developer, database manager, network administrator, electronic commerce developer, data communications specialist, software engineer, systems programmer, multimedia specialist, computer scientist, systems analyst or programmer. Career opportunities are unbounded with information technology being an integral part of all commercial, industrial, government, social and personal activities. 

Double degrees

Professional recognition

Graduates may be eligible for membership to the following professional body:

  • Australian Computer Society (ACS). 


Download course structures and unit outlines for Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science)

Requirements for the completion of IN01 Bachelor of Information Technology (Study Area A) are as follows:

  • 72 credit points (6 units) of information technology core units, which includes 12 credit point (1 unit) of option unit* selected from an approved list
  • 120 credit points (10 units) of major core units
  • 96 credit points of complementary studies comprising of either a second major (8 unit set); or two minors (4 unit set each); or one minor (4 unit set) plus 4 elective units.

*Unit options list - comprises a range of units from which you choose to undertake one unit. You are able to undertake the option unit in any semester. The options include introductory units from a wide variety of disciplines offered at QUT.

Entry requirements

Guide to entry thresholds

OP 11

Rank 76

Course information set

Assumed knowledge

Before you start this course we assume you have sound knowledge in these areas:

  • English
  • Maths A, B or C

We assume that you have knowledge equivalent to four semesters at high school level (Years 11 and 12) with sound achievement (4, SA).

More about assumed knowledge

Did you get an OP 1-5?

If you receive an OP 1-5 or equivalent, you're guaranteed an offer for this course in the major offer round.

Course fees

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

2019: CSP $9,400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

2018: CSP $9,400 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Student Services and Amenities Fee

You may need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) as part of your course costs.

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

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

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Scholarships and financial support

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

These scholarships are available for this course:

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You may also be eligible for Centrelink payments.


How to apply for Bachelor of Information Technology (Computer Science)

You apply through QTAC for all our undergraduate courses.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you've:

  1. Found all the courses you want to apply for - you can apply for up to 6.
  2. Checked important dates.
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements.
  4. Checked your course costs and if you're eligible for financial support.

All done? Then you're ready to apply.

Important: Make a note of the QTAC code for this course (418801) because you'll need to enter it as part of your QTAC application.

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After you've submitted your application to QTAC

If you've studied before or if you have at least two years' work experience, you may want to apply for credit for prior learning.


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