Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Honours)

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology honours year is both a preparation for postgraduate study and a capstone to an undergraduate degree. It is available for both the computer science and information systems streams, and generally requires an additional 48 credit points of study, however this is dependent on the study completed during your degree.

Students who have qualified for the Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology degree may apply to enter the Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Honours) year. Please note that unlike the Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) or the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours), honours in the Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology requires an additional 48 credit points of study. It is available in either the computer science or information systems stream, depending on the study completed during the degree.
Computer science honours provides specialist training for postgraduate research in computer science, and for IT research and development in industry or business. Information systems honours provides graduates with the analytical and consulting skills for solving problems (or performing research) in a variety of areas in the IT sector. Both consist of advanced coursework related to the research interests of members of the school and a year-long project conducted under the supervision of an academic staff member.
As a specialist degree, the aim of honours is not to cover the full breadth of IT, but rather to introduce students to the cutting edge in selected areas of research and practice. It provides an opportunity to become actively involved in the research carried out by members of the school. Graduates take skills with them into the workplace which give them a competitive edge. Consequently, University of Sydney graduates are much in demand within the industry.

Course outline

Units of study information for this degree
Study plan
The Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology is undertaken full-time over three years. Students enrol in junior units of study with a maximum 48 credit points during first year. A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points. All students enrol in one of two streams: information systems or computer science. From first to third year students will complete core units of study as required by their stream with some electives available each year.

Honours subject areas

Further course information

Typical workload and assessment

Honours requires the completion of a thesis on an approved topic under the supervision of an academic staff member or staff members, or an academic staff member and an external expert or experts in the field.

Postgraduate research at the University

Research in the Faculty of Engineering and IT spans all areas of human endeavour and its successes are the result of the unflagging curiosity and energy of our researchers and students. Our ongoing planning efforts aim to bolster our research strengths and create fertile ground for innovation. By creating the space for free intellectual inquiry, the Faculty fosters strong core disciplines as the essential foundation for our work.

Applying for honours

Students who have completed and attained the level of credit average in the BCST pass degree, a computer science major in BSc or equivalent can apply directly to the University for entry to the BCST Honours program.

Admission

Admission requirements

Students who have completed and attained the level of credit average in the BCST pass degree, a computer science major in BSc or equivalent can apply directly to the Faculty for entry to the BCST Honours program.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Current Students: submit a course transfer request via Sydney Student.

New or transferring students: Apply via online application link at the right hand side of this page.

International students

How to apply

Current Students: submit a course transfer request via Sydney Student.

New or transferring students: Apply via online application link at the right hand side of this page.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount

The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 2017 amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students

The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the 2017 fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from your faculty.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Credit card surcharge

Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa or MasterCard. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.