About studying IT
Undergraduate degree programs
The University of Sydney provides several different degree structures for students interested in focusing on information technology.
Bachelor of Information Technology
This 4-year degree is for students wishing to pursue leadership roles in the IT industry. The degree is suitable for students who perform exceptionally well in the NSW HSC (or equivalent).
The Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) was developed in extensive consultation with industry to ensure graduates are equipped for the changes demanded in this dynamic area.
Within the degree students have considerable flexibility in choice of subjects, and the opportunity to undertake a major research project in their final year.
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Bachelor of Computer Science & Technology
The 3-year Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (BCST) degree prepares students to operate at the cutting edge of information technology. An additional Honours year is available to eligible students.
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Bachelor of Computer Science & Technology (Advanced)
The Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Advanced) (BCST Adv) is a more challenging variant of the BCST and is suitable for students with substantial programming experience and aptitude and/or a high ATAR. The degree has the same flexible structure as the BCST except that students take a significant amount of their study in ‘advanced’ units, where more sophisticated and challenging topics and approaches are covered. An additional Honours year is available to eligible students.
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Our programs offer streams (majors) in computer science or information systems.
Computer science involves the study of computers and the programs that run on computers. This stream will appeal to more technically-minded students who wish to contribute to the future development and support of technology.
Information systems involves creating computer systems which satisfy individual and organisational needs. Rather than being about developing and enhancing the performance of computers, information systems is about making computer systems work for people.
Within the structure of our degrees, students are encouraged to explore their interests by enrolling in units from a range of other disciplines, such as psychology, languages, biology, philosophy, geography or commerce. This provides specific knowledge useful to the application of information technologies in that area.
You can study IT across a wide variety of degrees, including:
Bachelor of Engineering (Software)
In this four-year degree, areas of study include programming and languages, data structures, algorithms and databases, data-centric computing, operating systems software project management.
A key feature of this program is that students can begin specialising in Year Two by selecting software engineering electives in many different areas, including: business software, systems and hardware, computer aided design, multimedia and biological information.
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Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
The BSc and BSc (Advanced) are 3-year degrees that require depth of study in one or two science subject areas; these might include one or more IT-related ones. The degree also requires some study of mathematics. Computer Science and Information Systems majors are available in the BSc and BSc (Advanced).
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