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We’re the only online university to be awarded the maximum 5 stars for student satisfaction, every year for the last 14 years*

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We’re the only online university to be awarded the maximum 5 stars for student satisfaction, every year for the last 14 years*


See why UNE gets the maximum 5 star rating from graduates for Overall Experience year after year.
Number 1 in Overall  Experience  in NSW - Good Universities Guide 5 Star Rating

Computer Science, IT and Data Science

The world runs on technology, and computing now underpins everything from agriculture to zoology. The computing, IT and data science degrees at UNE provide you with the skills you need to become one of the technology creators - to design, create, deploy, improve, adapt, and apply technology to solve problems for people and society.

Our courses provide a solid foundation in programming, software design, operating systems and computer algorithms, as well as providing technological skills that are in high demand throughout the IT industry, including data science, artificial intelligence, distributed computing, mobile application design, and web and network technologies.

Bachelor of Computer Science

The Bachelor of Computer Science will teach you strong programming, technical, mathematical, and problem-solving skills. The course is particularly designed with software development and computational science roles in mind, but as computing has become so important to so many different fields, it allows the flexibility to take a number of units from other disciplines as required.


The course includes core units that gives you a solid programming, mathematical, and software engineering background. From the core units, you will learn multiple programming languages as well as the modern collaborative tools and practices that software teams use to design, develop and deliver software that solves problems for their users. You will also take a team capstone project, in which you must develop solutions to real world computing problems drawn from community organisations and industry. The degree has two majors:

  • Software development - Topics include artificial intelligence, functional programming, development for the modern web, mobile development, and interaction design.
  • Data Science - Includes topics that are of particular relevance to applying computing to science, such as statistical machine learning, distributed computing, and computational science. You can also take both majors, or a single major with your own customised set of additional units.

The Bachelor of Computer Science has been granted Professional Level accreditation by the Australian Computer Society.


Master of Computer Science

This course provides a comprehensive, modern postgraduate education in the principles and practice of ICT together with the opportunity gain enhanced knowledge and skills in research.


Emphasis is placed on the structured design of algorithms for computer-based implementations of real-life tasks. The interactive execution, analysis and use of programs are discussed together with advanced algorithmic designs and programming techniques; informal notions of program specification and verification; a high-level description of the abstract architecture of the von Neumann machine; numerical and non-numerical applications; and social issues.

Master of Information Technology

This degree is designed for students who do not have a computing background and who are seeking to achieve qualifications in information technology. Study is available in areas such as internet publishing, operating systems, software engineering, GUI programming and interaction design, internet security, data mining, wireless networks, and game programming.


The Master of Information Technology has been granted Professional Level accreditation by the Australian Computer Society.


Data Science

Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Data Science

Data is a vital asset valued by every organisation in the world. It provides the basis for sensible, evidence-based decision making, and the ability to manage and make sense of data is a key skill in the modern workplace. Data scientists are responsible for building intelligent systems, mastering intuitive processes and bringing structure to the vast quantities of data to unlock the potential for improvement and competitive advantage.


Our Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma and Master of Data Science will provide students with the required knowledge and practical skills to analyse and manage data, and solve complex and challenging problems. Available units include Statistical Modelling and Experimental Design, Data Structure and Algorithims, Artificial Intelligence, Algorithims in Machine Learning, Statistical Learning, Programming and Database Management Systems, and specialist units such as Geonomic Analysis and Bioinformatics, Econometric Analysis on Financial Markets, Spatial Analysis and Modelling, or Information and Knowledge Management in Healthcare.


The Master of Data Science has been granted Professional Level accreditation by the Australian Computer Society.


Available Courses


Start October 26


Start March 1 2021†


Start June 28 2021†


Please see course details for individual course rules and admissions criteria. Note some degrees have mandatory intensive schools which require attendance on campus.
Course list subject to change. Applications expected to open August 2020.

Studying Online

At UNE, online study is about the kind of flexibility and support that can only come from a university that has long understood the challenges faced by adults studying from home.


We have three teaching periods (trimesters), giving you greater choice about when and how much they study each year.


We know that a vital part of online study is your engagement with the learning community. Communication with your classmates, teaching staff and university support staff will enhance your study experience and ensure that your skills extend beyond the subject matter. UNE’s teaching staff are experts in their field which is why UNE consistently receives five stars from students for teaching quality.

How Does
Online Study Work?


Online study can also be referred to as 'distance education' (also off-campus, or external study) and provides an opportunity for you to study without having to physically attend a campus.


To make sure your learning can take place when it suits you, UNE provides online facilities which allow you to send questions, submit assignments, engage with other students, order library books, check your results and access other resources, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 



As a UNE student, you will have access to our professional support services including:

  • 24/7 Online Tutor Support
  • Academic Skills & Assignment Support
  • Career Development
  • Individual Counselling — for personal and academic issues
  • Special Needs Office — if you need adjustments to how you study because of temporary or permanent disability
A small number of units have intensive schools that enable students to engage in practical exercises, tutorials and lectures during intensive periods on campus in Armidale. These are a requirement for some units that have an important practical component, often in the sciences – please check the Course & Unit Catalogue for details.

Life On Campus at UNE

Studying on campus in Armidale gives you the traditional university experience, with the added benefit of small class sizes and great access to lecturers. Our Academic staff are passionate about what they teach and are keen to see you succeed.


We have affordable accommodation options that put you right at the heart of the action, giving you maximum independence and access to academic, sporting and social facilities.


Our Residential Colleges give you the benefit of academic and social support networks and a rich tradition of vibrant inter-college competitions in sporting and cultural activities.


All of this means that you get every opportunity to reach your full potential and get the very best start (plus some great memories along the way).

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Free Pathways to Study

The Pathways Enabling Course prepares you for admission to an undergraduate course at UNE. It is free from course fees and available online. The course awards you with the minimum entry requirements and can provide credit towards your UNE degree.
  • Prepare for university without paying course fees
  • Gain admission to university
  • Flexible online study
  • Develop valuable skills and knowledge
  • Complete study that can count towards your degree
  • Start in any three teaching periods


Complete the UNE “MyFutureFinder” and in 10 minutes you’ll have a free, detailed report delivered to your inbox, including a comprehensive profile of your personality, a customised matching of careers to your personality, and finally, the UNE courses that qualify you for those careers.

  • No cost
  • Completed in just 10 minutes - we understand your time is valuable
  • Individualised report based on your unique answers
  • Comprehensive, insightful and useful
  • Plain language explanations
  • Immediate delivery of your report on completion
  • Share and compare with your family and friends

How to Apply

Applications now open for Trimester 3, 2020 (Start 26 October).

Prior to applying we suggest you:
1. Check out our 
Course and Unit Catalogue
, to see all the degrees UNE has to offer. 
2. Check if you need to add any 
entry requirement documentation
 to your application.
Check the closing dates for applications.
 Some courses have earlier closing dates and requirements.
4. You may also be eligible for credit for study you've previously undertaken successfully, find out about 
Advanced Standing
Please note: International students who wish to study wholly online are only permitted to do so if they are studying online from overseas or are studying in Australia on a visa other than a student visa.

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