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Massey offers five majors for our Bachelor of Information Sciences, the only university in New Zealand to do so.
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Massey's Bachelor of Information Sciences is the only degree in New Zealand accredited by the industry body IT Professionals.
Our qualifications in this area are accredited by international industry bodies, so you can work in New Zealand and overseas.
Study your way
Our flexible learning options allow you to learn on campus, online or a mix of both. Fit study around your work and personal life.
In a fast-moving industry, it pays to opt for a future-focused university like Massey. Explore all aspects of computer science and IT with our unique Bachelor of Information Sciences — with five majors, you can specialise or mix and match your courses.
Master in-demand skills with practical assignments, including projects for charities and voluntary organisations. Link with industry while you study, including internships at innovative software companies. Graduate work-ready with a degree accredited by industry bodies such as IT Professionals NZ.
Computer science and information technology are a good fit if you:
- enjoy school subjects such as maths, computing or digital technologies
- want to shape how people use technology
- like thinking logically and analytically.
Courses in computer science and IT may cover:
- artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR)
- back end or front end developer skills
- coding using programming languages such as C and C++, Java and Python
- databases, data mining and data science
- information systems
- networks, privacy and cybersecurity
- Courses in computer science and IT may cover:ce (UI) design, also called interactive design.u
How to study computer science and information technology
Discover what we offer if you’re interested in computer science and information technology – whether you’re coming to university for the first time, changing direction or returning to advance your study or career.
Computer Science – Bachelor of Information Sciences
Massey provides you with the technical skills and knowledge to take your place in the fastest-growing industry in the world. Connect with the industry while you study to get a head start in software development.
Data Science – Bachelor of Information Sciences
This degree will enable you to become a hi-tech data specialist with the relevant skills to take you to the forefront of this fast-paced industry.
Information Systems – Bachelor of Information Sciences
Combine your interest in business and entrepreneurship with an understanding of how information systems are a vital part of organisations.
Information Technology – Bachelor of Information Sciences
The Bachelor of Information Sciences (Information Technology) will combine your love of problem-solving and technology with the skills to analyse, design, build and manage a huge range of IT systems, projects and resources.
Software Engineering – Bachelor of Information Sciences
Software engineering brings together the disciplines of computer science and information technology. This degree is a highly-practical and sought-after qualification that is practice-focused and industry-relevant.
Computer Science – Bachelor of Science
Massey provides you with the technical skills and knowledge to take your place in the fastest-growing industry in the world. Connect with the industry while you study for a head start in software development.
Organisational Technology Management – Bachelor of Business
The Bachelor of Business (Organisational Technology Management) will give you an in-depth understanding of the impact of technology, data, and the skills needed to manage these to help businesses succeed.
Music Technology – Bachelor of Commercial Music
Explore and extend how music is created, produced and heard. In Music Technology, you’ll work at the intersection of music, creativity and technology.
Visual Communication Design – Bachelor of Design with Honours
Visual communication is one of the most universal forms of design. It is at the heart of how our world works; guiding, informing, persuading, and inspiring us every day.
Certificate in Science and Technology – CertScTech
The Certificate in Science and Technology is a shorter study option at university level. It is used primarily as a ‘pathway’ to help you complete subjects you need to enter another qualification.
Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology – GCertScTech
Do you want to expand your knowledge or learn a new subject without completing a second bachelor’s degree? Massey’s Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology is a flexible postgraduate study option.
Diploma in Science and Technology – DipScTech
Undertake a shorter, more flexible study option with the Diploma in Science and Technology at Massey.
Graduate Diploma in Information Sciences – GradDipInfSc
Massey’s Graduate Diploma in Information Sciences will give you the software design and development skills needed to make you a sought-after employee, both in New Zealand, and internationally.
Relevant undergraduate subjects to major or specialise in
When you apply to study at Massey, for some undergraduate qualifications you can choose what subject you’d like to specialise in. You can usually change your mind after you get to university, depending on the courses you enrol in.
Master of Analytics – MAnalyt
A unique qualification focusing on how to transform data into intelligence that drives innovation and new discoveries across organisations, while empowering businesses with a competitive advantage and better decision-making.
Master of Information Sciences – MInfSc
Focus on information sciences
The Master of Information Sciences will give you in-depth knowledge and expertise in a range of topics within the area of information sciences.
Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences – PGDipInfSc
Pathway to a master’s
A postgraduate diploma is the stepping stone to a research-based degree such as a master’s.
PhD and other doctoral degrees
Doctor of Philosophy – PhD
A prestigious research qualification that demonstrates your ability to carry out independent and original research in your chosen field.
Relevant research areas at Massey
Discover research expertise, projects and initiatives relating to computer science and information technology at Massey.
What our students say
“My computer science studies prepared me for the concrete and code writing tasks, whereas my information technology major has given me a grounding in the higher level, more abstract concepts so I can see how it all fits together.”
“I really enjoyed the software papers I took and principles that I learnt I apply in my current job. The top IT graduate jobs are highly competitive and I am glad that I studied with Massey University, I felt it prepared me well for the workplace.”
“Massey really set me up with the fundamentals - what you get taught at Massey is 100% relevant to the real world.”
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Jobs in computer science and information technology
Computer science and information technology is the fastest-growing industry in the world. It's a career that can range from apps to artificial intelligence, analytics to augmented reality, databases to dev work. Job prospects are good, with high demand for skilled tech workers. Some of our graduates go into research. Others start their own business.
Computer science and information technology careers include:
- data science engineers or data analysts
- backend developers, who work with databases and programming languages
- frontend developers, who code what users see and interact with, such as buttons, menus and pages
- IT managers or consultants
- software engineers
- systems or business analysts
- test analysts
- web designers or user interface (UI) designers, who create the look and feel of digital products
- user experience designers, who create ways people can interact with digital products.
Information technology careers
Annual salary ranges for jobs
- Data analyst – $64,000 to $133,000
- Developer – $72,000 to $100,000
- Game developer – $42,000 to $80,000
- IT manager – $107,000 to $150,000
- Security analyst – $92,000 to $137,000
- UX designer – $55,000 to $100,000
Salary ranges disclaimer
Indicative pay rates are:
- in New Zealand dollars
- based on careers.govt.nz data.
Which computer science and IT qualification?
Examples of where our qualifications may take you.
|Jobs||Examples of what you could study|
|Data analyst or data science engineer||
Bachelor of Information Science (Data Science)
Master of Analytics
|Developer or software engineer||
Bachelor of Information Science (Software Engineering)
Bachelor of Information Science (Computer Science)
|IT manager or systems analyst||
Bachelor of Information Science (Information Systems)
Bachelor of Business (Organisational Technology Management)
Master of Information Sciences
|UX designer or web designer||
Bachelor of Information Science (Information Technology)
Bachelor of Design with Honours (Visual Communication Design)
Accreditations and rankings
Institute of IT Professionals New Zealand (IITP) accreditation
Massey's Bachelor of Information Sciences is accredited by IT Professionals New Zealand. Accreditation ensures that courses are relevant to the industry.
QS Ranking - Computer Science and Information Systems
Massey University is ranked by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) as one of the top 650 universities for computer science and information systems. QS is an organisation that ranks universities worldwide in various topics.
Graduates of our Master of Analytics receive the globally recognised SAS certification.
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