Computer Science is the most science- and maths-oriented qualification for work in the digital/IT industry, and is generally offered as a major or specialisation within a three-year Level 7 Bachelor of Science degree.
Alternative programmes include the four-year Level 7 Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Waikato, and Massey University's Bachelor of Information Science, which combines Computer Science and Information Technology.
Computer Science involves studying the underlying principles of how computer systems and software work, as well as a range of programming languages and algorithms. You may be able to specialise in areas such as:
What jobs can I do?
Computer Science graduates are employed in a wide range of different jobs from software developer/engineer to user experience (UX) designer, programmer, web developer and computer animator. They may also find employment doing high-level systems administration for complex computer networks, or move into a research & development role.
They can also be involved in planning and managing the technology infrastructure of companies and other large organisations. Computer Science graduates' demonstrated skills in computing, analytical thinking and communication can also be applied outside of the digital/IT industry.
What are the entry requirements?
Should I study Software Engineering or Computer Science?
Both the Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering and Bachelor of Science in Computer Science qualifications are valued by the digital/IT industries, and graduates of either degree are employed as software developers and engineers.
Advantages of Software Engineering include:
Advantages of Computer Science include:
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