Graduate Diploma in Computing
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Graduate Diploma in Computing is specifically designed for graduates without an IT degree, and consists of a selection of postgraduate units of study in computing that provide a grounding in IT topics. This may provide you with the required amount of IT skills to enhance your existing career.
If you are interested in completing further study in IT, completing 24 credit points in the Graduate Diploma in Computing with a credit average may prepare you for admission to the Master of Information Technology or Master of Information Technology Management, subject to approval of the Academic Director, which will allow you to complete a master's program in two years*.
* Full time study or equivalent.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
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
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to 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 fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
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.
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 for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.