Computer Science / Arts - 3963

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering


Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 4 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 192

UAC Code: 425800

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements

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Program Description

This four year dual award program replaces the four year Computer Science/ Arts (3968) dual award from 2016.

The dual award BSc (Computer Science) BA enables students to complete the requirements of the BSc (Computer Science) and a Bachelor of Arts program from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

For admission to the program, students must satisfy the entry requirements for both the BSc (Computer Science) and the BA in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Students in this program must complete 192 units of credit of study.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

Please contact the School of Computer Science and Engineering and the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences for information on the Program Objectives and Learning Outcomes.

Program Structure

With this dual award, students take the 96 units of credit core of the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Program 3978 and the 96 units of credit core of the Bachelor of Arts Program 3409 .


The award of Honours in either the Arts and Social Sciences or the Computer Science component requires at least a further year of study, and the Honours year is subject to the admission requirements of the corresponding Arts and Social Sciences program or the Honours program in Computer Science.

Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Honours)

Once you have completed your Bachelor of Arts in Dual mode and 144 UOC overall you can apply for admission to do an Honours year in the Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Honours) program 4504. Entry to Honours requires a WAM of 70 or higher in the major stream in which you want to study at Honours level.

Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences (Honours) Program 4504

Bachelor of Computer Honours (Optional) Program 4515

Computer Science Honours takes one year full-time or two years of part-time study.

Students are expected to have attained an average mark of 65 (according to New South Student calculations) to qualify for entry to the Honours year. Students who do not meet this expectation may be admitted in special circumstances. Students who have graduated with a three-year computer science degree from UNSW or another university can apply for admission to Honours.

Detailed information about the program and admissions is available at the Honours website.

Academic Rules

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science of Computer Science in dual award mode:

The 96 units of credit for the BSc component consists of all of the requirements for the Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) except for the 12 units of credit General Education requirement and 36 units of free electives.

Core Computer Science (66 UOC)
MATH1141 Higher Mathematics 1A OR MATH1131 Mathematics 1A
MATH1241 Higher Mathematics 1B OR MATH1231 Mathematics 1B
MATH1081 Discrete Mathematics
Free Electives (12 UOC) (any undergraduate course taken at UNSW, except for GENx courses).

See the specialisation page below governing rules and requirements for the Computer Science major.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in dual degree mode:

The basic requirements are 96 UOC as follows:

1. A home major stream (60 UOC);
2. A minor stream (24 UOC);
3. Arts and Social Sciences Prescribed Electives (12 UOC).

To qualify for the award of the degree at Pass level, you must:

1. enrol in the Bachelor of Arts and complete 96 UOC
2. complete the requirements for one 60 UOC home major stream
3. complete the requirements for one 24 UOC minor stream
4. complete 12 UOC Arts and Social Sciences Prescribed Electives
5. complete at least 30 UOC of Level 1 courses before enrolling in Level 2 courses
6. specify your major and minor at the time of enrolment into Level 2
7. complete at least 48 UOC, including 6 UOC at Level 1 and 6 UOC at Level 2 in your major/minor, before enrolling in Level 3 courses.

Language Studies for Commencing Mid-Year Students:

If your language skills are assessed as Level A in Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced or Professional you cannot commence study until Semester 1.

Award with Distinction:

If you secure a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 75 across your program and you have completed at least 48 UOC of your program at UNSW, you are eligible for the award of your Pass Degree "with Distinction".

Details of home majors and minors available, and Arts and Social Sciences Prescribed Electives, can be found on the 3409 Bachelor of Arts Program.


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.

The Australian Computing Society

The peak professional body for computing in Australia is the Australian Computing Society (ACS) -

The objectives of the ACS can be found here and include: "advanc[ing] professional excellence in information and communications technology, and further[ing] the study, science and application of information and communications technology."

Again, students who want to join ACS should go to Join Now

Area(s) of Specialisation