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Bachelor of Advanced Computing and Bachelor of Science

Australia's most innovative computing course

Gain two qualifications in just five years!

Designed for tomorrow's computing careers

  • Combine your passions

    Develop specialist knowledge through a second major in a wide range of fields including music, commerce, science and the arts.

  • 1st for employability

    Our graduates are ranked 1st in Australia and 5th globally for employability by the 2019 QS Graduate Employability Rankings

Overview

Redefine the digital and physical landscapes. The combined Bachelor of Advanced Computing and Bachelor of Science program will develop your technical skills in computing while cultivating your expertise in scientific enquiry. Underpinned by critical analytical and leadership skills, you will be positioned to transform our world for the better.

With new fields and industries rapidly emerging, there is an enormous opportunity for innovation and development in today's world. The Bachelor of Advanced Computing is provisionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society and designed to foster your ability to work across the computing, information technology and business innovation industries.

First year covers the core skills you will need to become a computing professional before you specialise in a major that aligns with your preferred career pathway computer science, information systems, software development and computational data science.

Complementing your computing studies, the Bachelor of Science emphasises fundamental principles and discovery research underpinned by critical thinking and analytical capabilities.

You can major in one or two areas of science, with elective units allowing you the flexibility to explore different branches and interests. We offer more than 50 study areas, taking you from the microscopic to the cosmic, from biological to physical and chemical processes and preventing diseases in humans, animals and plants.

You can complete this combined degree program in five years of full-time study, after which you will graduate with two qualifications, ready for a diverse range of careers. The opportunities to revolutionise our world are in your hands.

Subject areas

You are required to choose one major from the Bachelor of Advanced Computing options and a second major from the Bachelor of Science options below.

Shared pool

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What you'll study

View detailed course structures for this course: Bachelor of Advanced Computing and Bachelor of Science

A typical unit of study has a value of 6 credit points, with a maximum of 48 credit points during the first year. Students undertake an Honours thesis in the final year.

There are over 20 faculty and 100 shared pool majors to choose from. The computing majors that best align with this degree and their detailed course structures are:

Units of Study

Sample study plan

Year Sem  Unit of study 
1 1 Computing 1A Professionalism Introduction to Programming Mathematics Science major
  2 Computing 1B OS and Network Platforms Object-Oriented Programming Introduction to Computer Systems Discrete Mathematics for Computation
2 1 Data Structures and Algorithms Foundations of Data Science Computing major unit Elective (Science Table A or Table S)
  2 Agile Software Development Practices Computing major unit Science major unit Elective (Science Table A or Table S)
3 1 Computing 2 - Usability and Security Computing major unit Science major unit OLE
  2 Data and Information Management Computing major unit Science major unit OLE
4 1 Computing 3 - Management Computing major unit Science major unit Elective (Science Table A or Table S)
  2 Computing major unit Science major unit Elective (Science Table A or Table S) Computing or Science elective
5 1 Thesis Computing 4 - Innovation Advanced Computing elective Science major unit
  2 Thesis Advanced Computing elective Science major unit Computing or Science elective

More detail is available on the Course and Unit Study Portal.

Assumed knowledge

Mathematics or HSC Mathematics Extension 1. Other assumed knowledge depends on the Science areas or programs studied.

Embedded Honours program

This course has an embedded Honours program, with all students undertaking a research thesis in the final year. Honours will be awarded to students who achieve a sufficient standard of merit.

Admission criteria

Admission this course is on the basis of the following criteria:

Admission pathways are open to domestic applicants on the basis of equity or other adjustment factors, including for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants. For details, visit admission pathways.

Prerequisites

Mathematics (equivalent of band 4 in the NSW HSC subject Mathematics* OR band E3 in Mathematics Extension 1 or 2, if higher level maths has been undertaken)

In 2019, the maths prerequisite will apply to domestic and international students completing a secondary education (year 12) qualification in Australia (including Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications taken outside Australia).

From 2020, the maths prerequisite applies to domestic students undertaking a secondary education qualification in Australia (including Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications taken outside Australia), higher education studies (e.g. bachelor’s degree, diploma) and approved preparation programs.  

From 2020, it will also apply to international students undertaking a secondary education qualification or an approved preparation or foundation program, in Australia (this includes Australian state and territory year 12 qualifications and foundation programs undertaken outside Australia).

For details, including equivalent requirements for other qualifications, visit Mathematics course prerequisites.

*The subject requirement refers to Mathematics (not Mathematics General or Mathematics Standard), or Mathematics Advanced which will be first examined in the NSW HSC in 2020.

Course opportunities

The Faculty of Engineering offers one-year exchange programs with partner universities in Europe, Asia and North America.

There are opportunities to join a diverse range of engineering, computing and science student societies and engage in outreach activities, industry placements and competitions throughout your degree.

Professional accreditation

This course is provisionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

Career Pathways

  • Computer programmer
  • Consulting
  • Geophysicist
  • Information services management
  • Mathematician
  • Microbiologist
  • Psychologist
  • Science historian
  • Software engineer
  • Systems analyst
  • Web development and management 
  • Industry
  • Research
  • Hospitals
  • Forensics
  • Patent offices quality control
  • Medical laboratories
  • Banking
  • Business analysis
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Publishing
  • Museums
  • Computing
  • Biotechnology
Future study options

The faculty provides a link between postgraduate students in the different Engineering and IT disciplines. We offer a welcoming and supportive environment in which to undertake challenging coursework programs and research. Our postgraduate coursework and research is focused on industrial applications supported by strong fundamental research programs run by internationally recognised academics.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the 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


Please note that for some courses there are additional costs in addition to the student contribution. Some of these additional costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Please consult the University's web page for more information: https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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 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.

Combined undergraduate degree tuition fees


For international students, for combined undergraduate degrees, a single indicative course tuition fee applies for the duration of your study in the combined degree, regardless of the units of study that are undertaken as part of your combined degree. Importantly, the single indicative course tuition fee is subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your study in the combined degree.

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, course-specific materials, tools, protective clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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 a government approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government. Further information is available from https://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/living-costs/health-insurance.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 1.53% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. 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.

To help you understand common terms that we use at the University, we offer an online glossary.