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Graduate Diploma of Computing

A single one year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
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  • Field of Education
    • Computer Science
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Field of Education
    • Computer Science

Program Requirements

The Graduate Diploma of Computing requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

COMP6710 Structured Programming
MATH6005 Mathematics for Computing
COMP6250 Professional Practice 1
COMP6442 Software Construction 

24 units from completion of further 6000- and 8000-level courses in the subject area COMP Computer Science.

Study Options

Year 1 48 units COMP6710 Structured Programming 6 units COMP6250 Professional Practice 1 6 units MATH6005 Discrete Mathematical Models 6 units Computing Elective 6 units
COMP6442 Software Construction 6 units Computing Elective 6 units Computing Elective 6 units Computing Elective 6 units

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0/7.0.

Or an AQF 6 qualification (Advanced Diploma/Associate Degree) or international equivalent, with at least 3 years of relevant work experience.

Or at least 10 years of work experience in an ANZSCO Skill Level 1 role.

English language Requirements

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Graduate Diploma of Computing is a 1-year full-time (or equivalent part-time) degree for graduates from any discipline who wish to up-skill, or for computing graduates who wish to refresh and enhance existing computing skills in the shortest time possible. The Graduate Diploma of Computing provides its graduates with a pathway into the IT industry or to more advanced study in the computing discipline.

The Graduate Diploma of Computing provides graduates with strong foundational knowledge and skills in problem solving, programming and the mathematics required to continue with more advanced study in the computing discipline or to acquire and develop entry level skills and knowledge. The program provides students with the opportunity to investigate a wide range of specialist areas which can be used as the basis for further study or for a new career involving computing.

Students obtaining a GPA of 5 or above in the Graduate Diploma of Computing may be granted up to one year of credit into the Master of Computing (MCOMP). When planning to transfer to the MCOMP on completion, students will need to take care selecting their elective courses to allow for maximum credit and a smooth transition into the MCOMP. For advice, please book an appointment with the Program Convenor.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

Computing jobs are currently projected to be amongst the fastest growing occupations of our time - so there is no shortage of jobs. This degree can be utilised to access wider a corporate career, as well as a path to further academic undertakings.

ANU computing graduates work in many organisations including IBM, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Intel, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Accenture Australia, Bloomberg, National Australia Bank, Citigroup, Deloitte, Unisys and the Australian Government.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. Design, implement programmatically, and evaluate a solution for a well-defined problem.

  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the systems context in which software is developed and operated.

  3. Communicate complex concepts effectively with a diverse audience using a range of modalities

  4. Depending upon the elective courses a student chooses, they will be able variously to
    a.    Apply a range of data modelling, management, analytics and visualisation techniques to extract value from structured and unstructured data
    b.    Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of computer systems approaches and architectures
    c.    Apply of a variety of approaches to understanding and developing software systems

About this degree

Study options

  • Typically students will enrol in 24 units per semester (four courses): a full-time load.
  • Domestic students may enrol in fewer courses each semester, known as part-time study. Part-time study will extend the duration of the degree and there are limitations to how long you can take to complete the degree.
  • International students must always study full-time.
  • You cannot study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.


  • Elective COMP courses can be found on the School Masters course page.
  • When choosing electives, please read the enrolment pattern mentioned below to see how many electives you may choose and where they fit in your programme.
  • When choosing elective courses, check the course listing on Programs and Courses to ensure that you have the required and assumed knowledge before enrolling. If you don't, change your planned enrolment to make sure you take the pre-requisite course.

Recommended electives:

Study Options

Please refer to the enrolment pattern in the Study tab

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