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Bachelor of Computer Science

Study a Bachelor of Computer Science at Waikato and develop the skills and thinking to creatively and effectively use technology. Solve challenges faced by businesses and communities and become a leader in the tech industry.

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The Bachelor of Computer Science is a specialised, industry aligned, three-year degree where you  will gain experience in a wide range of fields. Learn how to identify and solve problems, and apply and evaluate solutions and techniques.

This programme will be accredited by the Seoul Accord, an international agreement that establishes that accredited programmes equip graduates for the workforce. As a graduate of this programme, you will be on your way to becoming recognised as a Chartered Information Technology Professional under Chartered IT Professional NZ (CITPNZ), an international gold standard accreditation.

You can also choose to take a minor in any subject offered at the University.

Industry Relevant

Graduates of the Bachelor of Computer Science will be ‘industry ready’ and have the capability to design and implement creative solutions in diverse technological contexts.  Students will complete a work-integrated learning paper in their third year, and can also elect to complete a larger work placement to further develop their real-world experience. If students choose this option then help in securing a placement will be provided by our Work-Integrated Learning Team.

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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Estimated Fees* (Domestic): $7,821 per year
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Estimated Fees* (International): $36,830 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
Area of Study:
All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD).*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Bachelor of Computer Science (BCompSc)

If no point value is listed, papers are worth 15 points.

Year 1

One of
COMPX101 or ENGEN103

One of
DATAX111 or DATAX121

One of
DIGIB101 or MGSYS101



Year 3

One of
COMPX322, COMPX323 or COMPX304

One of
COMPX374 or HECSS363

One 300 level
COMPX paper

One 300 level
COMPX paper


  • Compulsory
  • Elective

Choose a major

Students may choose to undertake a minor. We recommend:

Or undertake a minor in any other subject within the University.

Career opportunities

  • Programmer
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Designer
  • Web Developer
  • Software Architect
  • Software Developer
  • Systems Engineer
  • User Experience Designer
  • Mobile/app developer
  • Network Engineer

Entry requirements

You're eligible to apply for the Bachelor of Computer Science if you have University Entrance, or its equivalent. All other applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship  Not currently accepting applications

For students who are currently in Year 12 or Year 13 at a New Zealand secondary school. Candidates must be intending to enrol full-time in either the BCompSc, BSc majoring in Computer Science, or BE(Hons) majoring in Software Engineering.

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Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

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