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Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) course at Murdoch University gives students a solid foundation in the theories and methods that apply to the design and use of hardware and software systems.

Accredited by the Australian Computer Society and developed with industry professionals, the program opens up potentially unlimited career paths - especially when combined with another discipline of your choosing.

Students learn how to apply problem-solving and trouble-shooting skills to complex issues in information technology. Foundation units in computer systems, data communications, discrete mathematics and programming lead to intensive study of systems analysis and design, data structures and abstractions, software architectures, and intelligent systems.

The university's forward-thinking teaching staff guide and support students as they learn how to apply their skills and knowledge to science, business, and a ghost of other sectors, and develop into industry-leading catalysts of innovation and change.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Completed Australian senior secondary studies with an ATAR equal to or above this year's admission cut-off; OR
  • Achieved a multiple-choice score of 135 or above in the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT); OR
  • Completed a recognised post-secondary course; OR
  • Completed approved university preparation (foundation) studies; OR
  • Completed at least one year of study at a recognised tertiary or higher education institution; OR
  • Completed 2 units at an Australian university or through Open Universities Australia.

If you don't meet any of these academic entry requirements, Murdoch University offers several pathways, including the FlexiTrack university preparation program, to help you qualify for this course.

Areas of study

In this computer science course, the subjects you may study include:

Year 1

  • Principles of computer science
  • Foundations of programming
  • Foundations of data communications
  • Foundations of discrete mathematics
  • Foundations of computer systems
  • Building blocks for science students
  • What is science?

Plus one general elective unit and one university-wide breadth unit.

Year 2

  • Systems analysis and design
  • Data structures and abstractions
  • Databases
  • Introduction to ICT research methods

Plus three general elective units.

Year 3

  • Software architecture
  • Intelligent systems
  • Operating systems and systems programming
  • IT professional practice project
  • Applied research skills in ICT

Plus three general elective units.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education or work experience meet certain criteria.

One of the top 500 universities in the world (2016-2017 Times Higher Education World University Rankings), Murdoch University has a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Across its campuses in Australia, Dubai and Singapore, Murdoch offers over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate courses spanning a broad range of disciplines, including veterinary science, Information Technology, law, business, psychology and counterterrorism. Murdoch University is part of the Innovative Research Universities network, a group of universities that advises the Australian government on higher education policy.
Murdoch University is committed to providing tailored support to all its students in order to help them meet their educational objectives. It provides a wide range of dedicated services, including career and employment assistance, counselling, disability support, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs and study advice. In addition, students have access to a wide range of services including mentoring for first-year students and bespoke programs to support learners who are elite athletes, international students, LGBTIQ students or reservists in the Australian Defence Force.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) from Murdoch University.

IT professionals are required in virtually every industry in existence so far and the demand is forecast to grow with the ever-changing technology.

The course gives you a thorough understanding of computer science, to which you may choose to add another IT major. Career paths can take a wholly creative route or a no-nonsense technical approach.

Curious about where a career in IT could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Web Developer
  • Software Developer
  • Software Designer

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Murdoch University also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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