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5 reasons to study computer science at Sydney

6 September 2021
A versatile career for creative problem solvers
Future-proof your career with a degree in computer science that can take you anywhere from software developer to entrepreneur.

1. For the creative problem solvers

Do you have an analytical brain that enjoys maths and logical activities like chess and puzzles? Maybe you’re a fiend of epic strategy boardgames that take hours to complete? A degree in computer science might be the degree where you finally fully immerse yourself in the things that have fascinated you all your life.

Computer science is all about developing your creative problem-solving skills by creating software and hardware solutions. Be prepared to apply your natural curiosity and analytical brain to solve some tricky issues in business, research and even society!

2. Versatile and pandemic-proof career

Computer science graduates enjoy a wide variety of career options – ranging from mobile developer, software engineer to consultant. You can work as a data scientist uncovering user behaviour from big data, a product manager launching the latest software product or an entrepreneur developing your own artificial intelligence gadget.

You’ll be hard-pressed to find a business that doesn’t require computing graduates, whether it’s the technical skill or analytical way of thinking, they are sought after in every industry.

A career in computing also enjoys flexible working conditions. When most of your work is done, well, with a computer, you are unlimited in who you can work for. Enjoy Australian summers but prefer to work for a tech start-up in Silicon Valley? A career in computer science allows you to enjoy both. Due to the highly desirable and flexible nature of this field, a career in computing is also pandemic-proof. During COVID-19 in 2020, jobs in this field grew by 17.5% in Australia.

3. Industry experience as you study

Studying computer science at the University of Sydney will open the door to industry opportunities so you can gain experience and build your network before you graduate. There are 3 ways to gain experience: capstones, SPARK program and internships.

  • Capstones: all students studying a Bachelor of Advanced Computing are required to undertake a capstone project as part of their studies. This involves a project-based activity with one of our industry partners.
  • SPARK: our 5-week summer start-up program for computer science students passionate about entrepreneurship and technology innovation. Students participate in workshops and are mentored to develop a business plan and pitch for their idea. At the conclusion of the programs, teams pitch to a panel of industry advisors for the opportunity to receive a $1,000 prize.
  • Internships: we have a network of 1,200+ industry partners including Qantas, AB Mauri and Telstra who offer project and placement opportunities for our students.

4. A second major from 100+ cross-disciplines

You can combine your computing skills with a second major from over 100 study areas including music, commerce, science and the arts. You can pursue other passions and interests whilst developing well-rounded multidisciplinary skills highly sought after by employers.

5. Accredited by the Australian Computer Society

Our Bachelor of Advanced Computing is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). This degree is recognised by Australian employers and for ACS certification that can be used for skills assessments (if you want to work overseas).


Learn more about the Bachelor of Advanced Computing at the University of Sydney.

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