Computer Science

Computer Science deals with the theory, design, analysis, implementation, efficiency and application of processes that transform information. The fundamental question underlying all of computer science is, "What can be automated?"

Computer use in entertainment, industry, business, education and government is widespread, and the need for qualified professionals with a computing background continues to grow.

Computer Science majors learn about software systems and how people and computers interact. You'll learn how to create new software, how to ensure that the software works well and does what it's supposed to, and how to make that software easy for people to use.

We are proud to be recognised as among the best in the world in the area of Computer Science and Information Systems - with a top 200 world ranking by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).


Career Options

Find out more about the number of career options available in computer science.

Student Profile

Jojo Stewart

BCMS in Computer Science

A highlight of studying Computer Science for Jojo Stewart has been the opportunity to visit schools with her tutor and "spread the word" to students - particulary girls - about studying computer science.

Jojo has also been offered a 12 week all expenses paid internship at Google, where she is looking forward to working with a team of fellow interns to enhance her coding capabilities and learn new programming languages.  She will also receive mentoring from a Google engineer.

Watch her video below to find out more or read more.

School subjects required

There are no specific subjects you need to study at secondary school to study Computer Science at Waikato. However, some first-year papers have specific prerequisites so check the paper list carefully.


There are a number of scholarships, prizes and awards offered by the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences that can help students studying computer science, for example the Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship and Margaret Jeffries Prize in Computer Science.

You can also visit the Scholarships Office for more scholarship information.

Contact Us

For more information on studying computer science at the University of Waikato, please contact the Department of Computer Science or the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences.