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    Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    My desired career path is computer programming.

    Would anyone be able to suggest the best order for a UAC application?

    So far I have:

    UNSW - Bach. Computer Science
    Uni. Syd. - Bach. Computer Science & Technology
    UWS - Bach. Computer Science

    Am I missing any?

    Post-graduation, gaining a job easier and a higher salary is what appeals most to me.


    Many Thanks.

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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    Have you considered software engineering or computer engineering?

    If you want to do a bit more with hardware, then consider computer engineering.

    There's also UTS, UoW and a few other universities here in NSW that offer these and/or comp sci.

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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    Hello anomalousdecay,

    I have considered Software Engineering, but inclined to Computer Science as it's the most sort after degree in job adverts for programmers.

    Are you able to confirm UTS has a Computer Science degree or something similar as I cannot find it on their website?

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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    Quote Originally Posted by hdsq View Post
    Hello anomalousdecay,

    I have considered Software Engineering, but inclined to Computer Science as it's the most sort after degree in job adverts for programmers.

    Are you able to confirm UTS has a Computer Science degree or something similar as I cannot find it on their website?

    UTS only has an IT degree and ICT engineering degrees, no computer science degree.

    Go for UNSW. It's the top uni for comp science, do a quick google and you'll find others agree.
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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    You can go further with a software engineering or computer science degree. Sure you can graduate as one or the other, but with experience you can become something else (eg could end up doing some form of computer engineering down the track even).

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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    unsw is da best
    B Arts / B Science (Advanced Mathematics), UNSW

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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    Yea, UNSW is the best for STEM stuff.
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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    I understand that UNSW is the best for Computer Science, but it is also a very hard course to get into as it's ATAR is high and there're limited slots, so I am trying work work out other options for my UAC application. Are Uni. of Syd. and UWS the only other options?

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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    Quote Originally Posted by hdsq View Post
    I understand that UNSW is the best for Computer Science, but it is also a very hard course to get into as it's ATAR is high and there're limited slots, so I am trying work work out other options for my UAC application. Are Uni. of Syd. and UWS the only other options?
    USYD computer science is also good, it's only one ranking less compared to UNSW on QS rankings but yeah, I've heard UNSW's facilities are cooler so I might transfer if I can.

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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    QS rankings are really bad indicators for undergraduate study.

    I suggest you go to the universities yourself for open days or info days then make a decision as to what is best for you.

    Tailor your university experience for yourself to make the most of it. Don't follow the crowd just for the sake of it.
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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    Quote Originally Posted by hdsq View Post
    I understand that UNSW is the best for Computer Science, but it is also a very hard course to get into as it's ATAR is high and there're limited slots, so I am trying work work out other options for my UAC application. Are Uni. of Syd. and UWS the only other options?
    UNSW's social life and CSESoc is also very active

    Of course the good stuff is going to be hard to get in to
    B Arts / B Science (Advanced Mathematics), UNSW

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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    Quote Originally Posted by hdsq View Post
    I understand that UNSW is the best for Computer Science, but it is also a very hard course to get into as it's ATAR is high and there're limited slots, so I am trying work work out other options for my UAC application. Are Uni. of Syd. and UWS the only other options?
    ATAR is 91. You either get it or you don't. They have a FEAS program though where if you get 80+ you might get in based on an interview.

    UOW is also a good uni and has a fairly low entry score so you can get in alright (they also have early entry, entry before HSC).

    So really if you don't get into UNSW, it'll come down to what uni you like best.

    It's my understanding that USYD entry is high 80s, but tbh I'd go for a UNSW science degree and transfer (which is 85).
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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    For some reason, Usyd has a few types of Computer Science degrees:
    - Bachelor of Science, with a major in CompSc (requiring 83 ATAR)
    - Bachelor of CompSc and Tech (81 ATAR)
    - Bachelor of CompSc and Tech Advanced (87 ATAR) (a very odd degree imo)
    - Bachelor of IT (Computer Science major apparently?) (92 ATAR)

    I can see why Usyd now wants to reduce their degrees in the recent articles i read.

    At UNSW, theres no option to do a normal Bachelor of Science (the one requiring 84 ATAR) with a major in CompSc, you can study courses in CompSc electives of course, but not the option to do a full major - you would need the Bachelor of Science (CompSc) (requiring 91 ATAR) to do that.

    But to answer OP's question, in metro Sydney - only Usyd, UNSW, and UWS offers Computer Science.
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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    Thank you so much sirable1, you are a gem!

    And many thanks to all for all their information. My UAC application is almost complete. I just got to pick which of the Usyd courses listed above to add.

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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    Quote Originally Posted by sirable1 View Post
    For some reason, Usyd has a few types of Computer Science degrees:
    - Bachelor of Science, with a major in CompSc (requiring 83 ATAR)
    - Bachelor of CompSc and Tech (81 ATAR)
    - Bachelor of CompSc and Tech (87 ATAR) (a very odd degree imo)
    - Bachelor of IT (Computer Science major apparently?) (92 ATAR)

    I can see why Usyd now wants to reduce their degrees in the recent articles i read.

    At UNSW, theres no option to do a normal Bachelor of Science (the one requiring 84 ATAR) with a major in CompSc, you can study courses in CompSc electives of course, but not the option to do a full major - you would need the Bachelor of Science (CompSc) (requiring 91 ATAR) to do that.

    But to answer OP's question, in metro Sydney - only Usyd, UNSW, and UWS offers Computer Science.
    So does UTS and MQ

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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    If you were considering Computer Science at USYD, I highly recommend you look at these:

    - Bachelor of Science majoring in Computer Science (83 ATAR cutoff)
    - Bachelor of Science (Advanced) majoring in Computer Science (95 ATAR cutoff)

    You have more flexibility compared to the "Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology" and also get to avoid ridiculous "core" units. You also have the chance to get a second science major like Mathematics or Physics.

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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    Thank you so much MascaraOfIce! While looking at the units of each course, the Bachelor of Science seemed more flexible as you mention, but I was still unsure which was the better one. This confirms it.

    UAC application complete!


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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    Quote Originally Posted by MascaraOfIce View Post
    If you were considering Computer Science at USYD, I highly recommend you look at these:

    - Bachelor of Science majoring in Computer Science (83 ATAR cutoff)
    - Bachelor of Science (Advanced) majoring in Computer Science (95 ATAR cutoff)

    You have more flexibility compared to the "Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology" and also get to avoid ridiculous "core" units. You also have the chance to get a second science major like Mathematics or Physics.
    How much WAM would I roughly need to transfer from Comp Sci to the second one you mentioned? No cores is heaps good, I don't see how the maths we're forced to do atm will help me.

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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    Quote Originally Posted by Flop21 View Post
    UTS only has an IT degree and ICT engineering degrees, no computer science degree.

    Go for UNSW. It's the top uni for comp science, do a quick google and you'll find others agree.
    Can you explain why you think this? I want your opinion, not what someone else believes.
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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    UNSW is the best uni because the BoSers say so.

    "Hey, I want to study a PhD in Aquatic Basket Weaving. What uni is the best?"

    "Go to UNSW"

    "my brother's friend's cousin's dog studied engineering at UNSW and it was good"

    "Cheers guys. I think I'm going to go to UNSW"

    And so the vicious cycle continues. Swarms of UNSW drones swarming BoS.

    In all seriousness, UNSW does have the best rep for comp sci. Just go to the uni which you think suits you the best. The best uni is different for every person. Don't give a shit about rep. A D average student from the University of Bunyip is going to beat a P average student from the University of Melbourne.
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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    Quote Originally Posted by parad0xica View Post
    Can you explain why you think this? I want your opinion, not what someone else believes.
    I am bias, I go to UNSW lol. I haven't had the uni experience at other unis so I honestly can't say why.

    But there seems to be a lot of good comp sci students that go to UNSW, a lot of the top tech companies hire predominantly UNSW students compared to the other unis combined (e.g. Google sydney), CSEsoc is large and very active - they put on a lot of events - especially social ones (I've heard some other unis [not all] have much smaller CSE societies), Richard Buckland lol, UNSW has a good rep for comp sci / software / engineering, lots of students / large uni.

    Maybe other people who study comp sci at say USYD or UOW, etc. can input why their uni is good for comp sci. I can obviously only say points about where I study.


    -also like I said previously sometimes it comes down to what campus you like best, I like UNSW campus and it's area better than the other unis.
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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    Quote Originally Posted by parad0xica View Post
    Can you explain why you think this? I want your opinion, not what someone else believes.
    Not that it really matters but from what I gather, UNSW first year start off with C whilst others unis start of with Java. C is more advanatgeous coding language. UNSW has more industry connections and if you can apply for UNSW Co-op, take it. There are many threads on this subforum with the same consensus that UNSW has better lecturers and better course.
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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    Quote Originally Posted by Silly Sausage View Post
    So does UTS and MQ
    UTS/MQ has IT degrees, not Computer Science.

    Quote Originally Posted by Flop21 View Post
    Richard Buckland lol.
    Alan Blair too
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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    Quote Originally Posted by sirable1 View Post
    UTS/MQ has IT degrees, not Computer Science.


    Alan Blair too
    MQ has Bachelor of Science in computing, idk what that comes under

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    Re: Which unis in Sydney offer a Degree in Computer Science?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kolmias View Post
    UNSW is the best uni because the BoSers say so.

    "Hey, I want to study a PhD in Aquatic Basket Weaving. What uni is the best?"

    "Go to UNSW"

    "my brother's friend's cousin's dog studied engineering at UNSW and it was good"

    "Cheers guys. I think I'm going to go to UNSW"

    And so the vicious cycle continues. Swarms of UNSW drones swarming BoS.

    In all seriousness, UNSW does have the best rep for comp sci. Just go to the uni which you think suits you the best. The best uni is different for every person. Don't give a shit about rep. A D average student from the University of Bunyip is going to beat a P average student from the University of Melbourne.
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