Graduate Diploma

Graduate Diploma in Information Technology

Program 5543

3 semesters full-time or
6 semesters part-time

Program Requirements

Level 0, 1, 2, 3 72uoc (12 courses)
TOTAL72uoc (12 courses)

Non-CSE Elective Options

Students may receive one elective option for every four CSE courses completed, including one free elective. 

Students with Advanced Standing will forfeit some of their elective options.  The 4:1 ratio for CSE:Non-CSE courses will still apply. For example:

Number of courses completed towards GradDipIT at UNSW 10—12 6—9
Advanced Standing received 0—2 3—6
Minimum number of CSE courses required (includes GSOE9820) 8—10 5—8
Maximum number of Non-CSE Electives permitted (includes free elective) 2

It is possible for students to complete the program without using any non-CSE electives provided they are not in the Bioinformatics stream.

Students formally enrolled in the Bioinformatics stream, who have no advanced standing, and who are required to complete MATH5846 as a co-requisite for MATH5856 will use all of their elective options in meeting the requirements for this stream.

Students who have received advanced standing should seek advice from the CSE Student Office regarding the use of their elective options towards completion of this stream.

Entry Requirements

at least a three year undergraduate degree equivalent to a standard Australian bachelor degree in a discipline that included Mathematics up to at least year two level (preferably in science or engineering); and a high credit average achieved overall.

or completion of the Graduate Certificate in Computing subject to no fails.


Students can apply to articulate from the GradDip (5543) to the MIT (8543) provided they do not fail any course. Full credit will be granted.

Students who articulate do not have the option to graduate in the program which they are articulating from.

It is important for articulating students to bear in mind the Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge requirement in the MIT (8543) as student's will need to start completing the required number of ADK courses in their Grad Dip (5543).

Advanced Standing

This is possible for up to 50% of the program. Students can seek advanced standing in the following courses only:

GSOE9820 Engineering Project Management
COMP9020 Foundations of Computer Science
COMP9021 Principles of Programming
COMP9024 Data Structures & Algorithms
COMP9032 Microprocessors & Interfacing
COMP9311 Database Systems
COMP9414 Artificial Intelligence
COMP9331 Computer Networks & Applications

Students wishing to apply for Advanced Standing should fill in the Advanced Standing/Exemption Form (pdf) and return it with a certified academic transcript or in the case of GSOE9820 Project Management evidence of either formal study or professional experience. More information can be found on the Advanced Standing website.


Up to two of the following streams will be rewarded on completion of the program. Students are required to complete three courses to satisfy the stream. Course levels are indicated in parentheses.

COMPAS8543 Artificial Intelligence
COMPBS8543 Bioinformatics
COMPSS8543 Data Science and Engineering
COMPCS8543 Information Technology
COMPDS8543 Database Systems
COMPES8543 eCommerce Systems
COMPGS8543 Geospatial
COMPIS8543 Internetworking