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Bachelor of Information Sciences (Computer Science)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

Would you like to develop the next computing revolution?

Your Bachelor of Information Sciences (Computer Science) degree at Massey will help turn your love of computing into a brilliant career.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Information Sciences parent structure.

What is it like?

Would you like to learn how to create computer programs? Find out more about the latest software and hardware development? Have a career doing what you love?

Massey’s Bachelor of Information Sciences (Computer Science) will give you the skills to become a sought-after ICT professional, able to take on the best of the thousands of jobs that are available.

Accredited by the industry

The Bachelor of Information Sciences is one of the few degrees in New Zealand to be accredited by the IT industry. Massey University’s majors in computer science, information technology and software engineering are all endorsed by the Institute of IT professionals, the professional body for those working in the IT industry. Accreditation ensures that courses are relevant to the industry, for example, the compulsory capstone course in the final year of study.

A career with variety

Computers are part of every aspect of our society, from the stock market to modelling climate change to the apps and games we use daily. It’s a varied area that is constantly growing and changing ­– and those exciting changes are being developed by people like you!

Join the trail blazers

Massey is a New Zealand leader in IT education and is the only university in New Zealand where you can combine computer science with a data science or information technology major in an undergraduate programme.

In demand

Employers are always seeking increasing numbers of staff. Look at the SEEK website to see the demand for ICT professionals in New Zealand. The majority of the hiring is taking place because of increased demand and new projects.

High demand areas include software development, business analysis, network security, project management and data/database. These are the key areas of information sciences you can study through the Bachelor of Information Sciences at Massey.

What you will learn

During your study of computer science you will learn about all aspects of computer programming and computer systems, from the theoretical foundations to the very practical aspects of developing the latest software applications. No prior programming skills are required.

The Massey University Bachelor of Information Sciences (Computer Science) degree will give you the knowledge and skills to write software for fields such as artificial intelligence, graphics, web-based systems, mobile applications, networks and operating systems.

You’ll learn about traditional and trending topics in computer science such as:

  • Artificial intelligence
  • Data structures and algorithms
  • Object-oriented programming
  • Computer graphics and image processing
  • Mobile applications
  • Logic circuits and low-level programming
  • Concurrent programming
  • A range of programming languages
  • Data communications, networks and web applications

Most of your undergraduate courses will focus on computer programming - the design and creation of software applications that enable computers to be used in all areas of human endeavour. You’ll learn how to write these programs in various programming languages and how to use them in several application areas.

You’ll learn a broad spectrum of skills from business management through to developing software and hardware. So you’ll emerge from your studies at Massey with a well-rounded understanding of the whole industry as well as the specialist skills you’ll need to become an excellent ICT professional.

Suggested supporting minor subjects for a major in computer science include games programming, information technology, mathematics, data science, physics, or statistics. Computer science can be taken as a supporting subject, and double majors are possible.

Note that you can change your major within the degree up until the end of your first year.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates showed that those who complete a qualification in a science, agriculture, technology, computer science, engineering or mathematics field of study have high relative earnings after they complete their study compared to the national median. Earnings can be substantially more than other graduates.

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A good fit if you:

  • Think logically and analytically
  • Would like to develop new software applications
  • Are comfortable with rules and structures
  • Enjoy breaking down a complex problem down into its constituent parts
  • Are interested in areas like graphics, simulations, artificial intelligence and programming
John-Daniel Trask
Bachelor of Information Science (Computer Science)
Graduated in 2004
Co-founder & CEO, Mindscape Limited and givealittle

“I felt challenged at the right level and always liked that the lecturers were very approachable if you wanted to know more…”

I studied because I didn't know what I didn't know - all I did know was that I wanted to learn about business and computer science. Since I was about 9 I'd been coding and was torn between a business and a computer science degree. I ended up picking a Bachelor of Information Science, majoring in computer science, but loaded up every elective with courses from the school of business.

My family lived on Massey University's door step in Palmerston North and I had grown up visiting the university (even being at the Massey creche as a pre-schooler while my mother did her studies). They had a great computer science programme and one of the best campus experiences in New Zealand - I loved it. Having a university tucked into such a beautiful surrounding was something I always really enjoyed.

I absolutely loved the experience at Massey - I learned a lot, made plenty of awesome new friends and enjoyed the great campus that Palmerston North has to offer.

After graduating from Massey in 2004, I worked at Intergen in Wellington as a software developer. I left three years later to start my own company - Mindscape, specialising in software development tools. Since then I've grown Mindscape into a successful international business, looking to open offices in San Francisco in 2015, with rapidly growing revenues and a great team.

I love mixing my interests in technology and business, helping to create the future - Mindscape enables me to do that every day, and I am proud that the world's biggest companies use the software that my company creates. In my limited spare time I am researching virtual reality as well as robotics, areas that I would like to be involved commercially in the future.

*JD Trask won the 2015 Wellingtonian of the Year in the Science and Technology category


Some examples of computing professional careers that could lead on from this qualification include:

  • Applications developer
  • Systems programmer
  • Network administration and support
  • Education and training
  • Team and project management
  • Independent computer consultants

There has also been increasing demand in recent years for scientists, engineers, and others who spend much of their time working with computers to have strong supporting studies in computing in addition to their professional discipline. A computer science qualification at Massey will give you the rigorous skills you need to help your understanding of computing needs in a wide range of industries.

There are a huge number of job opportunities in this area worldwide. Check out the SEEK website for the around 2000 ICT careers available in New Zealand at any one time.

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