What will I learn?

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

What is it Like?

Massey’s Bachelor of Science (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.

A career with variety

You already know that 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!

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 Bachelor of Sciences (Computer Science) degree will give you the knowledge and skills to write software for fields such as artificial intelligence, graphics, web-based systems, 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
  • Computer modelling and simulation

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.

Suggested supporting minor subjects for a major in computer science include information technology, mathematics, physics or statistics. Double majors are possible. Note that you can change your major within the degree up until the end of your first year.

The Bachelor of Science gives you a broad degree, with a strong background in a range of science subjects such as chemistry, physics and mathematics. Massey also offers the Bachelor of Information Sciences, which combines topics from software engineering, information technology and computer science for students who wish to pursue a career as a computing professional.


Computers permeate every aspect of our society, from the stock market to socialising via the Internet, from guiding space shots to helping you choose a colour scheme for a room. The prevalence of computers has provided unprecedented job opportunities in this area worldwide.

Computing professionals whose work is concerned directly with computers, include:

  • App and systems programmers
  • Systems analysts and designers
  • Systems and database managers
  • University lecturers and teachers
  • Independent computer consultants

A BSc or BInfSc with a major in computer science is a preparation for any of these careers.

Professional computer users are scientists, engineers and others who spend much of their time working with computers within their chosen professions. The need for people suitably skilled for such positions, with strong supporting studies in computing in addition to their professional discipline has increased in recent years.

Which department am I in?

School of Food and Advanced Technology

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$31,830.00 (US$ 20,715) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

February 2020


Massey University

Manawatu Campus,

Tennent Drive,

Palmerston North,


4474, New Zealand

Full Time (3 years (February intake); 3.5 years (July intake))

Tuition fees
NZ$31,830.00 (US$ 20,715) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected May 2020

More details

Start date

15 July 2019


Auckland Campus

Massey University Auckland (East Precinct),

Albany Expressway (SH17),



0632, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

English Language Requirements: IELTS - 6.0 (no band less than 5.5); TOEFL iBT- 80 overall (min 19 in Writing); PTE Academic - 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills); Cambridge English - 170.

For international students

Students must have successful completion of a qualification equivalent to the New Zealand Year 13 - NCEA Level 3 University Entrance. International students need to check the equivalency of their secondary school qualification by reviewing the Academic Admission Requirements by Country.

It is recommended (but not compulsory) that students beginning their study in computer science have a sound background in mathematics at NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent).

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.0 (no band less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 80 overall (min 19 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 50 Overall (min 42 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 169 overall and all bands 162 or better

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