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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 comp sci 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
- user experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design, also called interactive design.
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.
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.
PhD and other doctoral degrees
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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Location: All campuses and available to distance students
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.
Annual salary ranges for jobs
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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