The top Computer Science unis in Australia for 2017 are

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

Uni Reviews ranked Australian universities by a formula using:

  • computer science department size (student numbers)
  • student and graduate satisfaction with computing courses (% satisfied)
  • indicative graduate salaries (based on pay, study and unemployment rates).

Computers Science includes: Computer Science, Information Systems and Other Information Technology.

University of Wollongong

The information technology and computing program at UOW tops the subject rankings for Computer Science in 2017.

The university performs well across all quality indicators, especially student and graduate satisfaction with courses (84%).

Monash University

The Faculty of Information Technology at Monash is one of Australia's best for Computer Science.

The Faculty is among the biggest (3,644 students) and course satisfaction is high (82%).

Charles Sturt University

The School of Computing and Mathematics at CSU is ranked in the top 3 in Australia for Computer Science.

The School has the most postgraduate students and graduates generally do well in the job market ($51,932 indicative salary). Note that CSU's salary results may be boosted by large numbers of online, mature-age students.

Overall Rankings

Rank University Students Satisfaction Grad salary Points
1 University of Wollongong 2505 84% $50,375 237
2 Monash University 3644 82% $46,598 234
3 Charles Sturt University 3256 77% $51,932 232
4 University of New South Wales 1972 78% $55,056 216
5 Federation University Australia 2987 84% $40,661 211
6 University of Southern Queensland 1250 81% $51,726 205
7 University of Technology Sydney 2994 76% $50,560 199
8 University of Queensland 1445 82% $51,024 196
9 Swinburne University of Technology 2975 77% $49,071 192
10 CQUniversity 2172 72% $55,165 187
11 Edith Cowan University 1310 84% $46,208 184
12 Australian National University 635 81% $54,514 177
13 Queensland University of Technology 3497 79% $41,212 177
14 University of South Australia 1227 79% $48,626 156
15 University of Canberra 1342 77% $49,675 153
16 Deakin University 2702 80% $36,501 150
17 University of Adelaide 639 82% $46,707 146
18 Griffith University 1551 82% $39,435 146
19 University of Newcastle 1086 80% $45,502 136
20 RMIT University 3450 74% $40,694 135
21 Curtin University 518 79% $48,944 134
22 Macquarie University 1709 80% $42,232 129
23 La Trobe University 1225 77% $42,862 124
24 Murdoch University 1208 79% $45,143 118
25 University of Sydney 944 72% $44,608 77
26 Western Sydney University 1890 76% $36,013 77
27 University of Tasmania 1338 70% $44,976 70

Updated: 6 November 2016

Universities with small sample sizes for satisfaction or salary components are omitted from overall ranking.

1. Computer Science Faculty Size

University Students Undergraduate Postgraduate International
Monash University 3644 2210 1434 2050
Queensland University of Technology 3497 2508 989 891
RMIT University 3450 2561 889 1425
Charles Sturt University 3256 966 2290 1960
University of Technology Sydney 2994 1954 1040 1000
Federation University Australia 2987 1417 1570 2621
Swinburne University of Technology 2975 2150 825 1240
Deakin University 2702 1721 981 975
University of Wollongong 2505 1916 589 1893
CQUniversity 2172 781 1391 1622
University of New South Wales 1972 1283 689 564
Western Sydney University 1890 1649 241 334
Macquarie University 1709 1578 131 283
Griffith University 1551 1136 415 542
Victoria University 1480 648 832 1173
University of Queensland 1445 1081 364 453
University of Canberra 1342 985 357 532
University of Tasmania 1338 1129 209 971
Edith Cowan University 1310 918 392 424
University of Southern Queensland 1250 562 688 801
University of South Australia 1227 916 311 277
La Trobe University 1225 613 612 780
Murdoch University 1208 1093 115 936
University of Melbourne 1154 2 1152 831
James Cook University 1122 731 391 761
University of Newcastle 1086 928 158 318
University of Sydney 944 605 339 392
University of Adelaide 639 437 202 330
Australian National University 635 473 162 266
Curtin University 518 147 371 170
Flinders University 499 376 123 127
Southern Cross University 360 358 2 156
University of New England 336 250 86 30
Charles Darwin University 243 201 42 120
Australian Catholic University 224 180 44 134
University of the Sunshine Coast 177 170 7 42
University of Western Australia 94 32 62 27
Bond University 7 4 3 3

Source: uCube Higher Education Statistics (Category: Information Technology)

2. Student Course Satisfaction

Rank University Graduates Students Overall
1 University of Wollongong 86% 80% 84%
2 Flinders University 83% 81% 84%
3 Federation University Australia 81% 86% 84%
4 Edith Cowan University 82% 82% 84%
5 Griffith University 86% 77% 82%
6 University of Adelaide 87% 76% 82%
7 Monash University 86% 76% 82%
8 University of Queensland 81% 79% 82%
9 University of Southern Queensland 93% 73% 81%
10 Australian National University 89% 75% 81%
11 University of the Sunshine Coast 69% 83% 80%
12 James Cook University 84% 76% 80%
13 University of Newcastle 80% 78% 80%
14 Macquarie University 81% 78% 80%
15 Deakin University 86% 73% 80%
16 Queensland University of Technology 77% 78% 79%
17 University of South Australia 85% 73% 79%
18 Curtin University 81% 68% 79%
19 Murdoch University 84% 72% 79%
20 University of New South Wales 88% 71% 78%
21 University of New England 75% 78%
22 Southern Cross University 73% 78% 78%
23 Charles Sturt University 76% 75% 77%
24 University of Canberra 78% 74% 77%
25 Swinburne University of Technology 83% 70% 77%
26 La Trobe University 78% 74% 77%
27 Charles Darwin University 87% 66% 76%
28 University of Technology Sydney 72% 77% 76%
29 Western Sydney University 78% 72% 76%
30 Victoria University 73% 74% 75%
31 RMIT University 78% 69% 74%
32 Australian Catholic University 72% 73% 74%
33 CQUniversity 76% 66% 72%
34 University of Sydney 70% 70% 72%
35 University of Tasmania 70% 68% 70%

Sources: Course Experience Questionnaire (2014-2015), University Experience Survey (2014-2015)

Universities are ranked by student and graduate satisfaction. For further details, see Course Ratings by Students.

3. Indicative Graduate Salaries

Rank University Employed Studying Other Salary
1 CQUniversity 72% 6% 22% $55,165
2 University of New South Wales 80% 6% 14% $55,056
3 Australian National University 77% 10% 12% $54,514
4 Charles Sturt University 78% 6% 17% $51,932
5 University of Southern Queensland 76% 4% 20% $51,726
6 University of Queensland 64% 15% 21% $51,024
7 University of Technology Sydney 74% 6% 21% $50,560
8 University of Wollongong 69% 13% 18% $50,375
9 University of Canberra 74% 5% 21% $49,675
10 Swinburne University of Technology 64% 14% 22% $49,071
11 Curtin University 57% 18% 26% $48,944
12 University of South Australia 63% 17% 20% $48,626
13 University of Adelaide 55% 17% 28% $46,707
14 Monash University 63% 10% 27% $46,598
15 Edith Cowan University 52% 16% 32% $46,208
16 University of Newcastle 56% 14% 30% $45,502
17 Murdoch University 70% 0% 30% $45,143
18 University of Tasmania 46% 25% 29% $44,976
19 University of Sydney 57% 9% 34% $44,608
20 La Trobe University 53% 17% 30% $42,862
21 Macquarie University 68% 6% 25% $42,232
22 Queensland University of Technology 54% 12% 35% $41,212
23 RMIT University 51% 17% 32% $40,694
24 Federation University Australia 68% 6% 27% $40,661
25 Griffith University 49% 15% 35% $39,435
26 Deakin University 52% 9% 39% $36,501
27 Western Sydney University 48% 12% 41% $36,013

Source: Graduate Destinations Survey (2013-2015)

The indicative graduate salary accounts for:

  1. low incomes of unemployed graduates
  2. earnings potential of graduates doing advanced studies.

For further details, see Graduate Salaries by University.