Graduate Diploma in Computing

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


This diploma is designed for non-IT graduates wishing to move into the IT industry or enhance their existing careers with technology-based qualifications. It will provide a strong foundation in information technologies and can help you design specialist systems and develop skills integral to a wide range of disciplines such as health, science, engineering and business.

The Graduate Diploma in Computing is designed for non-IT graduates who wish to move into the IT industry or enhance their existing careers with technology-based qualifications.

This program will provide you with a strong foundation in information technologies. You will be exposed to a range of specialist IT areas, which can then form the basis of a new career in IT or be developed with further study.

A Graduate Diploma in Computing can help you design specialist systems and develop IT skills that are integral to a wide range of disciplines such as health, science, engineering and business.

If you are interested in pursuing further study, completing 24 credit points with a credit average may prepare you for admission to the Master of Information Technology or Master of Information Technology Management.

Course structure

This program comprises 10 units of study from both foundation and either IT or IT management specialist elective units.

Foundation units include:

  • Systems Analysis and Modelling
  • Object-Oriented Design
  • Software Development in Java
  • Algorithms
  • Database Management Systems
  • Computer and Network Organisation
  • Design of Networks and Distributed Systems
  • Digital Media Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Software Engineering Practice.

Classes are generally held in the evening to accommodate your professional commitments.

Course duration

1.5 years full time
Depending on the level and type of your prior studies, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. This will reduce the length of your degree

Course outline

Units of study information for this degree

Study plan

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Computing complete 60 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.

The remaining 6 units of study are selected from a range of advanced IT and IT management specialist units.

Classes are generally held in the evening between 6pm and 9pm to accommodate professionals who are employed during the day.

Further course information

Progression rules

Candidates for the Graduate Diploma in Computing complete 60 credit points (cp) made up of a maximum of 24 credit points of foundation units of study and a minimum of 36 credit points of Information Technology or Information Technology Management Specialist units of study.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Upon completion of the Graduate Diploma in Computing, graduates will be equipped with a knowledge of IT which can be developed with further study, or be the foundation for a new career in IT.

Further study

Graduates who satisfactorily complete the Graduate Diploma in Computing will be eligible for admission to the Master of Information Technology or the Master of Information Technology Management.

Other study options

Individual units of study within the course may be undertaken by suitably qualified candidates who do not wish to complete an award course. Non-award candidates are students of the University, consequently on satisfactory completion of unit of study requirements, candidates receive an academic transcript showing the details of the unit or units of study undertaken, with results and grades. Subject to the approval of the dean and individual course resolutions, completed non-award study may be credited to an award course.

Units of study may also be undertaken cross-institutionally by students, subject to the approval of the dean. Cross-institutional candidates are enrolled in a postgraduate award course at another university and have approval from their home institution to complete a unit or units of study at Sydney, to be credited toward their degree. Please contact the faculty about non-award and cross-institutional study.

Admission

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Graduate Diploma in Computing will hold:
- a recognised bachelor’s degree with a credit average or above including units of study with a mathematical foundation demonstrating significant numeracy skills; or
- a recognised bachelor’s degree with a credit average or above and evidence of prior learning which is considered to demonstrate the knowledge and aptitude required to undertake this course.

Applicants with a non-degree qualification in conjunction with substantial professional IT development experience will be assessed for admission on a case-by-case basis.

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

Applications are made directly to the University via the University’s online application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page. For more information you can visit our How to Apply page.

International students

How to apply

Applications are made directly to the University via the University’s online application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this course page. For more information you can visit our How to Apply page.

Important Fee Information

Domestic students

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only 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.

Annual review and fee increases

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

Additional incidental costs

For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. 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 Postgraduate Students

The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only 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.

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 fees 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.