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Bachelor of Computing


Bachelor Degree


Bachelor of Computing
Admission criteria
Guaranteed ATAR 70 (in 2020); 80 (in 2021)
3 years full-time
Curtin Perth, Curtin University Malaysia


Match your computer career aspirations, with options in computer science, cyber security and software engineering.

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Graduate ready to work in environments where research and discovery abound.

Professional recognition

Graduates can apply for accreditation from the Australian Computer Society.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2020.

This course will equip you with high-level knowledge of computer systems and processes involved in software development and maintenance.

It covers aspects of modern computing, commencing with fundamental programming and theoretical knowledge; and followed by specialisation in computer science, cyber security or software engineering.

You'll use C and Java as the tools for learning core concepts such as object orientation and algorithms. Linux skills are taught throughout the course, starting with the basics and progressing to advanced topics.

This degree is designed to prepare you for careers in computing. As such, Curtin works closely with industry partners both to optimise course content and provide final-year placement opportunities to suitable students.

Students who perform well in their first year of the course can apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Computing) course. (Note that acceptance is not automatic.)

Computer Science

This major provides in-depth knowledge of software design, algorithm analysis, artificial intelligence, computer communications, databases and graphics.

You will gain the skills required to build operating systems and design new programming languages. Being mathematically based, computer science has a strong emphasis on logic and reasoning.

Strong performance in the first year of this major may allow transfer into the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) course. (An interview is required.)



Cyber Security

This major focuses on the key concepts and challenges in data protection and computer software security.

You will examine both the high- and low-level practical aspects of computer security. High-level aspects include cryptography theory, data access policy development and security program management. Low-level aspects include computer forensics, network intrusion detection and incident handling.

Graduates have the skills to identify and implement appropriate applications for specific scenarios, as well as an understanding of issues related to the protection of individual rights.

Software Engineering

This major focuses on the software development life-cycle, but goes beyond programming to evaluate and meet customer needs, and to design and test software.

You'll develop design techniques and project management skills to solve real-world problems and build reliable, efficient large-scale software systems.


The Computing major can also be studied as part of the Bachelor of Advanced Science.

See our handbook for more course information.

Why study

If you are seeking a career in computing, this course is designed for you. You'll learn industry-standard coding, with enough hands-on experience to be job ready, while also gaining the theory that will enable you to keep pace with the rapid change of the technology.

How this course will make you industry ready

This course is designed so that you gain high-level knowledge of computer systems and processes involved in software development and maintenance. Curtin works closely with industry partners both to optimise course content and provide final-year student placement opportunities.

Student profile

View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

The Cyber Security major meets the data and security standards of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; Association for Computing Machinery; and Australian Computer Society.

Career information


  • Computer programmer
  • IT professional
  • Computer security professional
  • Software engineer/developer


  • Applications and software development
  • Game design and development
  • Cyber security
  • IT analysis

Further study

What you'll learn

  • implement secure processes based on best practice when developing software and dealing with computer systems
  • evaluate standard algorithms, techniques, and software technologies in a manner that is appropriate for a given problem and think critically and creatively to generate innovative and optimum theoretical and practical solutions
  • identify, evaluate and synthesise information from a range of computing sources to optimise the process of software design and implementation
  • document software development activities and artefacts and communicate them in written and oral form to both technical and non-technical audiences and communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the audience and purpose
  • effectively use new and existing technologies, recognising their advantages and limitations
  • sustain intellectual curiosity by updating their knowledge, engage in continuous training and research, and take control of their own learning and development
  • recognise and apply IEEE/ACM/ACS standards in the process of software design and development
  • contribute to society using technology in an ethical, legal, and socially responsible manner
  • demonstrate initiative, leadership and ethical practice when working independently and collaboratively

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Cut-off scores

Please note: The cut-off scores below are for 2021 only.

Qualification Score
GCE/STPM/HKALE (A-levels - best of three) 5
IB 24
Ontario Gr 12 (best of 6) 60
ATAR (including WACE/SACE/HCE/VCE) 70
India (CBSE) 60%
India (HSC) 65%
Sri Lanka 5

Please select a country above.

Essential course prerequisites

Mathematics. Calculus is desirable.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: +61 8 9266 5888

CRL search

Fees & charges

International student indicative fees

Fee year: 2021

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $16,700*
Total indicative course fee $96,700*
Indicative year 1 fee $32,700*

Fee year: 2022

International onshore – fee paying Cost
Offer letter (100 credit) published fee $16,700*
Total indicative course fee $97,500*
Indicative year 1 fee $32,700*

The fees shown above apply to international students studying on-campus in Western Australia. The indicative tuition fee is subject to an annual tuition fee increase of up to 5 per cent and may be subject to legislative change.

The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.


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  • Curtin course code: B-COMP
  • CRICOS code: 0100817
  • Last updated on: January 19, 2021