Bachelor of Computer Science

About Bachelor of Computer Science at UNSW  

The Bachelor of Computer Science at UNSW is a three-year full-time degree at Australia’s top-ranking Engineering faculty. Computers, software and computing systems are present and dominate almost all industries. As industries progress and develop so must the capabilities of computers and their systems. 

In your exploration of computer science, you’ll study the design, construction and uses of computer systems including hardware and software tools that allow computer applications to be developed. This degree will emphasise the basic principles behind computing tools, operating systems, compilers and translators, and computer hardware. 

The Bachelor of Computer Science also focuses on the representation of data and data structures in computer systems and the design of algorithms for automatic manipulation of this information by programming languages and machine systems. 

You’ll have the option to choose from diverse majors in industry relevant areas including: 

  • Database Systems 
  • eCommerce Systems 
  • Programming Languages 
  • Embedded Systems 
  • Artificial Intelligence 
  • Computer Networks 
  • Security Engineering 

Career prospects in the field of computer science have never been stronger and UNSW Engineering graduates are the most employable students within Australia’s Group of Eight universities. This is due to our strong external partnerships and extensive international alumni networks, including valuable industry experience with companies such as Accenture and the Australian Government Department of Defence. 

Why Study Bachelor of Computer Science at UNSW  

You’ll be studying at Australia’s leading Engineering faculty. The latest 2020 QS World University Rankings acknowledged UNSW as the top Engineering faculty in Australia and #37 in the world. For the past four years, we’ve received a five-star rating for employability, teaching and research.  

  • UNSW School of Computer Science and Engineering’s research is internationally recognised with 1st CS Rankings in Algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Databases, Embedded & Real-Time Systems and Operating Systems 
  • We have a five-star rating for employability, helping to guarantee your future on graduation 
  • Learn from world-renowned researchers in their field 
  • Our School is rated five stars by the Australian Research Council for the research field of Information and Computing Sciences 
  • We leverage our strong industry ties to improve our research, teaching and students’ learning 
  • Our industry partners include leading companies such as Atlassian, The Commonwealth Bank, Google, Honeywell, Microsoft and WiseTech Global 

Study Where the Leading Minds Are 

The School of Computer Science Engineering is a leading centre for research and innovation in the field of computer science. We’re making meaningful contributions to businesses, government and community organisations through our breakthrough research. Partnering with CSIRO’s Data61 we’ve made critical breakthroughs in Cybersecurity using microkernels which offer increased security. These microkernels have been successfully used in Apple iOS devices, real-world military systems including a space satellite platform for the US Navy.  

Your Career Opportunities  

Graduates of computer science at UNSW benefit from our leading reputation in research and teaching, with many graduates recruited by Industry Partners before their degree is complete. Graduates have gone on to work with companies such as CSIRO, Cisco, Microsoft, Google, Amazon and startups like Canva and Atlassian.  

Specialists in Computer Science are increasingly sought-after across many different industries from finance to consulting, government to healthcare. Potential roles upon graduation include: 

  • Cybersecurity Consultant 
  • Information Systems Manager 
  • Database Administrator 
  • Systems Analyst 
  • Games Developer 

What Our Graduates Say  

I've worked for start-ups and big companies across the world, but now I've found myself in Silicon Valley working in robotics at X, the Moonshot Factory. It's exciting to be on the cutting-edge, knowing your work is going to make a big impact on society. Studying computing at UNSW offered countless opportunities. I gained industry experience at Atlassian, Fairfax Digital, Shoes of Prey and Microsoft and built up leadership skills on the executive committees of student societies including CSESoc, CSE Revue & Robogals.  

Belinda Teh – Bachelor of Computer Science 2013