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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

About this course

It is ideal for a non-IT graduate wishing to upskill and move into the IT industry or enhance their existing career with technology-based qualification

You will gain a strong foundation in information technologies, learn to design specialist systems, and develop skills integral to a wide range of disciplines such as health, science, engineering and business.

You may undertake units of study towards this award full time over one semester or part time over one year.

If you are interested in pursuing further study, completing the Graduate Certificate in Computing with a credit average may prepare you for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Computing.

Completing the Graduate Diploma in Computing with a credit average may then prepare you for admission to the Master of Information Technology or Master of Information Technology Management.

In 2021, our Graduate Certificate in Computing will revert back to an exit award only. 

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

The Graduate Certificate in Computing is not currently available to international students. International students should consider applying for the Graduate Diploma in Computing.

What you'll study

Study plan for this course

Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Computing complete 24 credit points (cp) made up of 4 Foundation Units of study in the areas such as algorithms, computer and network organisation, object-oriented design, software development in java, network and distributed systems, and digital media fundamentals.

Candidates with relevant prior learning in IT may select units from a range of advanced IT and IT management specialist units.

Classes for this course are held either during the evening or online to accommodate your professional and other external commitments. 

Please note that this course is available via online study mode to domestic students in semester 2, 2020 only.

Candidates may choose to transfer to the Graduate Diploma in Computing to pursue further study, subject to meeting progression requirements.

Units of Study

Admission criteria

To be eligible for admission, an applicant is required to have:

  • an Australian bachelor’s degree with a credit average (65 percent) in a quantitative* discipline or equivalent qualification

* A quantitative discipline includes data science, computer science, mathematics, statistics, engineering, physics, economics, finance or other disciplines that are deemed equivalent. As a guideline, the curriculum of a quantitative discipline should include some study of mathematics or statistics at the tertiary level.

For qualifications awarded outside Australia, equivalencies and entry requirements are determined based on the country, institution and qualification.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Career pathways

Graduates will be equipped with foundational knowledge and technical skills in computing that can either be developed greater with further study, or used as a platform for a new career in information technologies.

Domestic students

International students

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