From search engines to smart phones, computing science involves the theory and design behind the intelligent systems and computers that transform the way we all live, work and communicate.

Introduction

While studying the Computer Science major at UWA, you will learn the theoretical, algorithmic, implementation and systems principles that underpin computer languages and networks and discover how to develop new technologies and advanced programming.

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Course description, features and facilities

Computing software and systems are becoming ever more prevalent, revolutionising the way we live, work and communicate. The Computer Science major will give you the knowledge and skills required to be a part of this revolution. You will learn the theoretical, algorithmic, implementation and systems principles that underpin computer languages and networks, and discover how to develop new technologies and advanced programming.

This major is suitable if you wish to play a role in developing new computing technologies or specialise in enterprise-level programming, systems, software engineering or research careers. It can also set you apart and compliment your engineering practice, if you have programming knowledge that can help you to develop computer programs for your practical work.

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Student profile – Evgeny Rogozik

The ICT industry is one of the fastest growing in Australia. It is one of the most exciting areas of employment for new graduates. That is why I decided to study Computer Science at UWA.

This course is combines learning theory as well as different practical exercises. Studying programming teaches you how to think in a non-standard ways. Your lecturers and tutors will always be able to help you if you encounter any difficulties.

It is very exciting and challenging major that gives you a great perspective in life.

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Structure

UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.

As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.

You can explore the structure of this major in detail in the University Handbooks.

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Career opportunities

Destinations for graduates include large software development houses such as Google, Microsoft, Motorola and Thales, as well as many smaller computing, mining and resources, and consulting companies. You may also seek to further your studies in software and mechatronics engineering, as well as honours and research degrees.

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Further study opportunities

Students may apply for entry to honours in Computer Science.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. Prerequisites and minimum scores
  2. Additional information
  3. English competency
  4. Advanced standing

Prerequisites and minimum scores

Qualification and prerequisite subjectsCourse entry score
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B
80
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
  • A scaled score of 50 or above in Mathematics Methods ATAR
80
International Baccalaureate
  • A score of 4 or above in SL or HL Mathematics (at least Mathematical Methods)
29

Additional information

Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).

English competency

University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.

The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.

Advanced standing

If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).

Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.

How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

On this page

  1. How to apply
  2. Semester one entry
  3. Semester two entry
  4. Fees
  5. Information for…
  6. Contact us

How to apply

We have two intakes of undergraduate students each year: Semester One (commencing in late February) and Semester Two (commencing in late July/early August).

Semester one entry

Australian citizens or permanent residents, including humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens apply online via the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC).

Applications open mid-August, with the on-time deadline in late September the year prior. Submissions are available after this date, but a late fee applies

Refer to the TISC website or contact Future Students for further details.

Semester two entry

Apply through the University's Online Application System (OASys) for mid-year entry to a range of courses at UWA.

Applications generally open early May and close in late June.

Contact Future Students for advice.

Fees

As some units vary in cost, the actual student fee will depend on the mix of units you choose. The domestic student fees page has further details.

Information for

Contact us

Future Students

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First Floor, Ken and Julie Michael Building
7 Fairway (corner Cooper Street)
Crawley, Perth
Western Australia 6009
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Monday – Friday, 8.30am–5pm (Western Standard Time)

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Computer Science: the details

Status
Available 2017
Locations offered
Crawley
Attendance types
Part-time, Full-time
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
16-25 hours teaching time, plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
3 years (BSc), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
10 years
Degrees (available in)
This major is available in:Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
Honours available
Yes
Contact details: course information
Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics Student Office
Ground floor of the Civil and Mechanical Engineering Building (facing James Oval)
enquiries-ecm@uwa.edu.au
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6488 3061
Additional information