Best Computer Science Universities

What are Australia's best unis for computer science?

Computer science / IT is an area where you want good teaching from a university and not just a big reputation. A successful computing career depends on learning and ability, not just where you studied.

The best computer science universities in Australia:

  • have a large information technology teaching program
  • are rated highly by graduates who complete computing degrees
  • help computer science students land good jobs.

Based on these criteria, Australia's top computer science unis are:

  1. University of Wollongong
  2. Charles Sturt University
  3. Monash UniversityFederation University Australia

Source: UniversityReviews.com.au

On this page

  • Computer science unis
  • Top bachelor degrees
  • Best masters programs

Australia's computer science universities

Information technology student numbers

The biggest universities for computer science in Australia are successful at bringing in large numbers of students, offer an attractive selection of courses, and have resources to provide services for many students.

  • As you might expect, the biggest IT unis include "technology" unis. Among the largest 10 are RMIT, QUT, Swinburne and UTS.
  • Interestingly, international students outnumber Australian students in postgraduate courses (at a ratio of almost 2:1).
University Students Bachelor Masters International
Monash University 3,318 2,031 1,287 1,812
Charles Sturt University 2,694 954 1,740 1,423
Queensland University of Technology 3,380 2,295 1,085 930
RMIT University 3,679 2,835 844 1,617
Federation University Australia 2,572 1,128 1,444 2,239
University of Technology Sydney 2,847 1,820 1,027 907
Swinburne University of Technology 2,897 2,052 845 1,214
Deakin University 2,332 1,525 807 810
CQUniversity 1,884 786 1,098 1,358
University of Wollongong 2,501 1,908 593 1,915
Victoria University 1,678 791 887 1,362
University of New South Wales 1,699 1,128 571 486
La Trobe University 1,283 594 689 854
Griffith University 1,504 1,099 405 510
University of Southern Queensland 1,214 648 566 767
James Cook University 1,262 840 422 898
University of Queensland 1,332 961 371 388
Edith Cowan University 1,256 897 359 419
Western Sydney University 1,663 1,446 217 269
University of Canberra 1,277 972 305 506
University of South Australia 1,153 825 328 225
University of Melbourne 968 2 966 681
Macquarie University 1,648 1,494 154 280
University of Sydney 924 541 383 384
University of Tasmania 1,358 1,195 163 988
University of Newcastle 1,117 940 177 388
Murdoch University 1,335 1,209 126 940
Curtin University 636 189 447 217
University of Adelaide 551 383 168 300
Australian National University 591 454 137 228
Flinders University 430 321 109 103
University of New England 317 228 89 42
Charles Darwin University 247 200 47 123
Australian Catholic University 204 163 41 112
University of Western Australia 130 74 56 29
Southern Cross University 326 320 6 99
University of the Sunshine Coast 201 191 10 58
Bond University 36 31 5 11

Source: uCube Higher Education Statistics (2 Dec 2015), Information Technology field

Top bachelor degrees

Here are selections for the best bachelor degrees in computer science / information technology.

  • These courses are at or near the top in Uni Reviews rankings.
  • As well as ranking highly, they are strong in areas such as course depth or ease of entry.

Note: ATAR minimum scores for course entry are indicative only.

University of Wollongong


Wollongong (NSW)

BCompSc

ATAR: 75

Monash University


Melbourne

BCompSc

ATAR: 83

Swinburne


Melbourne

BCompSc

ATAR: 70

Best masters programs

The best computer science masters program for you depends on your budget, location and time availability.

Each of the top-rated courses shown below offers something different.

  • SCU Online has a modular program for current or future IT managers. Each unit is fully online and can be completed within 2 months.
  • Federation University Australia's computer science program is popular with international students (helped by low tuition fees).
  • The University of Queensland's IT program gets good ratings for student satisfaction and graduate salaries.

About IT masters degrees

Studying for masters degree in computer science is a good way to:

  • start on a new career path in computing
  • refresh your knowledge
  • develop new skills
  • gain management credentials.

A masters program can be anywhere from 1 to 2 years of full-time study. Programs typically contain shorter course options (graduate certificates and diplomas).

Federation


Ballarat (VIC)

Master of Technology

Affordable

University of Queensland


Brisbane

MCompSc

High ratings