Computer Science as a subject offers a number of career outcomes. Coding and programming, hardware design, cyber-security, networking and application design, data-analysis, animation and game development and integrated product design are just few of the possible career outcomes. Although the USA leads the race in higher education in computer science; Australian institutions offer similarly structured courses at a comparatively cheaper cost; additionally there are more options for students to work part-time in Australia.
- The University of Melbourne - ranked 13th in the world
- Australian National University ranked - ranked 21st in the world
- The University of Sydney - ranked 24th in the world
The University of Melbourne:
The Department of Computing and Information Systems is part of the Melbourne School of Engineering. Postgraduate courses in computing, software engineering, information technology and information systems are some of the popular courses on offer. The courses offer a good blend of practical and theoretical learning.
Australian National University:
ANU College of Engineering & Computer Science (CECS) was established on January 1, 2006 by merging the existing - Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology and the Research School of Information Sciences and Engineering. CECS offers a number of highly acclaimed postgraduate courses in computer science. Students are also actively involved in research on topics like - artificial intelligence, data-intensive computing, robotics and much more.
The University of Sydney:
The School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney is committed to excellence in research, teaching and consultancy. The postgraduate courses offered by the School are accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and the course curriculum is job-centric, designed to help students find relevant jobs in the booming IT industry.
Students applying for a postgraduate course in computer science or a related subject should have a relevant undergraduate degree with a good score. Course-specific entry-requirements may differ and applicants are instructed to contact the institution for more details. The basic English language requirements are as follows:
• IELTS - 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
• TOEFL (paper-based test) - 577 + TWE 4.5
• TOEFL (internet-based test) - 79 + Writing 21; Speaking 18; Reading 13; Listening 13
Duration and Costs:
The length of the course varies on the specific subject and may include a project internship as well. Courses range from a year to three years. The cost of each course is different; on an average a year of postgraduate computer science study would roughly cost between AU$ 28,000 and AU$34,000. Students are advised to earmark between AU$25000 and AU$30,000 on food, accommodation and living costs every year.
Most top-ranking institutions offer limited academic merit-based scholarships to international students. Applicants are advised to contact the institution and apply for the scholarship well in advance and ensure that they meet the scholarship eligibility criteria. Research scholarships are granted by academic institutions and private organizations. The research scholarships are generous and also include a travel allowance for students. Visit the AusAID website
for more information on scholarships offered by the Australian Government.
The computer plays a major role in most industries. Highly qualified computer professionals across a range of job roles from - software and hardware testing, to product design, network administrators, programmers and animation and web-designers are always in high demand. Teaching and research opportunities are also available. Successful students may also be inspired by geniuses like Michael Dell, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs to become entrepreneurs and devise and sell their own computing products. The possibilities are many; to quote Bill Gates - “Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the other.”
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