Postgraduate study in Computer Science

What can you study in Computer Science?

Are you interested in software engineering, systems development and evaluation, intelligent systems and informatics, or the theory of computing? We're living in an information age and have come to depend on information technology and the complex ways in which information is stored, transmitted and processed.

Postgraduate study in Computer Science is divided into two general areas: software systems and the theory of computing. Areas of research include:

  • Algorithms and theory of computation
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Computational biology
  • Computational social science
  • Computer graphics
  • Computer networks
  • Computer vision
  • Computing education and learning technologies
  • Cyber security
  • Data science and machine learning
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Internet and mobile computing
  • Knowledge and database
  • Parallel and distributed computing
  • Quantum information science
  • Software design and quality

Meet our student

Jay Lakhupota studied a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science. He decided to specialise in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and enjoyed the research projects on the course. Read Jay's story.

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Computer Science

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)) in Computer Science

Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSci) in Computer Science

Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science 120-point (one-year) research masters

Master of Science (MSc) in Computer Science 240-point research masters

At least 90 points from:

COMPSCI 701–716, 720–780


Explore the postgraduate courses you can take for a Computer Science major:

Where can postgraduate study in Computer Science take you?

Our heavy reliance on networks and the explosive growth of the internet have created a particular demand for people with skills in data communications, network design, cyber security, web development, and object-oriented programming. Software design and development, data analysis, and user experience (UX) research and design are also in high demand.

Jobs related to Computer Science include:

Scholarships and awards

Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students.

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for, search available scholarships or begin an application by visiting Scholarships and awards.

Help and advice

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre.

Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20
(Beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020

To find a supervisor to work with you on your research project please see Postgraduate Research Topics