Computer science courses

Complete a computer science degree and tackle complex computing issues with your problem-solving prowess.

Do you dream of creating and updating life-changing computer applications? Maybe you’re a natural administrator, or you’re passionate about data, computers and everything in between? A course in computer science could open up the doors you’ve been looking for.

Study a Bachelor of Computer Science and channel your interest in software, programming, data security and much more into a lifelong career. Are you already on your way to becoming a leader in the industry? Improve your employability and sharpen your skills with a Master of Computer Science.

Explore your options through Open Universities Australia and gain a competitive edge with an online computer science qualification.

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Why should you study computer science?

Computer science experts are in demand, with employment figures suggesting a strong upward trend well into the future. Answer the call and join experienced software programmers, data security professionals and system administrators in the field, shaping the future of technology in Australia.

Not sure if you’re destined for the above? Artificial intelligence, big data, automation, hardware development and networking are further career paths available to computer science graduates.

Sharpen your analytical skills with a computer science degree online and delve into the world of computers with leading Australian universities.

What you'll learn in a computer science course

Upon graduation, your final skill set will depend on which computer science degree you decide to tackle.

Generally speaking, computer science courses combine foundational units and speciality subjects that ensure you'll be able to apply a range of methodical processes to modern workplace challenges.

Although your career destination may be totally different from the other students in your graduating class, you’ll all have learned how to analyse information (encoded bits and bytes) to make magic happen for tech users the world over.

Some speciality areas include:

  • Algorithms and operating systems
  • Analytics
  • Computer architecture
  • Database management
  • Information technology (IT)
  • Machine learning
  • Mobile applications
  • Networking
  • Programming
  • Robotics
  • Scientific computing
  • Systems administration
  • Visualisation and big data mining
  • Website user experience (UX)


Excited to know more? Take a closer look at the growing range of computer science courses available to study online through Open Universities Australia. With our help, it’s possible to complete a computer science course online without sacrificing your work/life balance!

Computer science has earned a reputation for being challenging… but with the right mindset and study plan, most students graduate with a sense of confidence in their abilities. Don’t let difficulty (real or rumoured) stop you from achieving your goals. Time invested now will pay dividends later!

Take advantage of your online tutors, be active and present on unit forums and don’t be afraid to ask questions. You’re not studying a topic because you already know everything about it, so there are no silly questions. You may end up asking something everyone else wants to know.

A Diploma of Computer Science, or a Diploma in an IT field, is a great first step for those seeking a pathway into the world of technology. You’ll cover foundational essentials like computer languages, programming and systems.

With a Bachelor of Computer Science, you’ll cover these skills in more depth, and have the opportunity to major in a specialisation like data science, software development or artificial intelligence.

If you’d prefer to get a taste for computer science before deciding on the field, there is another option. Through us, you can enrol in single computer science subjects without committing to a degree. These subjects allow you to gain an insight into how online study works—and you’ll earn credit towards a degree that you can use later on, if you choose to keep studying.

Check out our undergraduate computer science single subjects now.

In the industry already? Upskill with our postgraduate single subjects.

While information technology (IT) and computer science both involve computers, there are some slight differences between the two fields. IT tends to focus more on the running of computers systems and making sure the networks they operate in are safe and secure. Computer science, on the other hand, involves designing and developing computers and programs.

Before starting an enrolment, it’s important to read the entry requirements for your chosen course to ensure that you’re eligible to apply. If you don’t quite meet the requirements, we can help you find a pathway into your course through open entry subjects, which anyone can study. Chat with us to find out more.

Here at Open Universities Australia, we make enrolling online as straightforward as possible. To get started, find the course for you by browsing the options on this page. You can also compare different qualifications using our handy comparison tool, or request help from one of our student advisors.

When you’ve made your choice, click ‘Apply now’ on the relevant course page and follow the prompts to begin your enrolment. We’ll ask you to supply some supporting documentation, including proof of your identity, your tax file number, and a unique student identifier (USI) during this process.

Your university will get in touch with you via email to confirm whether or not your application has been successful.

If you get stuck at any time, reach out to us and we’ll talk you through it.

You can also take a look at our online self-service enrolling instructions.

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Our student advisors can assist you with enrolment, help you plan your studies, and answer questions about how studying through Open Universities Australia can get you from where you are today, to where you want to be tomorrow.

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