We all use technologies such as computers and smartphones, so it is no surprise that so many students choose courses in the computer science and information technology (IT) field. This is a thriving industry in New Zealand, meaning that graduates are in high demand for the range of interesting careers available in the field.
For more information about studying computer science and IT in New Zealand, visit the Institute of IT Professionals New Zealand website.
If you’re interested in computer science and IT, you may also find courses of interest in business and management, creative arts and design, engineering and science.
What you can study
Computer science and IT is a well-developed field at New Zealand’s education providers, so there are plenty of courses to choose from.
At vocational level, computer science and IT courses range from certificates in applied computing skills, business computing, computing systems, e-commerce and interactive computing to diplomas in advanced network engineering, applied computer systems engineering, computer game development, computer networking, information technology, information and communication technologies, and software and web development. Specialisations vary between providers.
There is a large number of undergraduate programmes in the higher education sector, with bachelor degrees available in areas such as applied informatics, applied information systems, computing and mathematical sciences, computing systems, information sciences and information technology. For graduates, postgraduate study is available through postgraduate certificates, postgraduate diplomas, masters degrees and doctoral study. Many of the undergraduate specialisations are covered, in addition to interesting areas such as cyber security, forensic information technology and information management.
Where to study
Computer science and IT courses are widely available in New Zealand, offered at a range of polytechnics and institutes of technology, universities and private colleges. Access to up-to-date equipment, facilities and technology (including software) is important in the computer science and IT field, so it is a good idea to research potential institutions and courses to make sure they will meet your needs. Work experience is also important — it is worth checking to see if courses of interest provided opportunities for work placements.