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Computer Science & Information Technology

Driving digital futures

Digital disruption is changing the way we work, learn, interact and behave. Computer science and information technology underpin everything we do. Every industry, from creative and finance, to healthcare, agriculture and transport is transforming and creating demand for ICT talent.

When you study computer science, information technology and information systems at UOW, you'll gain sought-after skills that will help you thrive in tomorrow’s economy and build our digital future. 

Belong to one of the best

UOW computer science and information technology degrees rank among the best:

  • Number 1 in NSW: The 2020 Good Universities Guide ranked UOW as first in NSW for graduates in full-time employment (85 per cent) in the study area of Computer and Information Systems. UOW is also ranked first for postgraduate skills development in Computer and Information Systems.
  • Top 100 in the world: The 2020 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings for Engineering and Technology, ranked UOW 91st in the world, 6th in Australia and 2nd in NSW. 
  • Subject experts: UOW ranked among the top 200 universities in the world for Computer Science and Information Systems in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020.

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Develop the specialist skills that employers want:

  • Common first year: Our Bachelor of Computer Science and Bachelor of Information Technology offer common first-year subjects, giving you the chance to try all study areas before choosing your major in your second year.
  • 10 majors: Choose from Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Cyber Security, Digital Systems Security, eBusiness, Game & Mobile Development, Network Design & Management, Software Engineering, Web Design & Development.
  • Choose more than one: The undergraduate program allows you to specialise in a particular field, or combine complementary specialisations in a double degree.

Prepare to launch your career:

  • Real experience: Bachelor of Information Technology students complete an eight week industry placement, gaining valuable real-world skills.
  • Connect: Become part of iAccelerate, UOW's unique business accelerator program where startups, scaleups, social enterprises and intrapreneurs thrive.
  • Partner: Benefit from strong connections with start-up incubators which can help fund business ideas to action.
  • Immerse yourself: You'll study in the home of ground-breaking ICT research.

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A degree from UOW opens doors:

  • Be industry ready: All UOW ICT degrees are regularly reviewed by industry to reflect the needs of the ICT workforce.
  • Get noticed: Work on real industry-sponsored projects, and showcase your work at the faculty's annual Trade Show.
  • Be rewarded: UOW works closely with a number of organisations such as Westpac, ASD and Tibra who offer generous scholarships with work-integrated learning components to our ICT students.
  • Travel and study: Seize the opportunity to visit our partner programs in Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Malaysia, or take a semester exchange at one of 250 universities in 45 countries.

 

Earn a recognised qualification:

  • Undergraduate accreditation: The UOW Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Business Information Systems and Bachelor of Information Technology are accredited by the Australian Computer Society as meeting requirements for membership at the Professional Level.
  • Postgraduate accreditation:  The UOW Master of Computer Science, Master of Health Informatics and Master of Information Technology are accredited by the Australian Computer Society as meeting requirements for membership at the Professional Level. The Master of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) Advanced was the first degree in Australia to be awarded Advanced Professional Accreditation with the Australian Computer Society.
  • International recognition: The Australian Computer Society (ACS) has global reciprocal agreements, recognising your UOW degree internationally.

Graduation

 

Become part of UOW's active ICT community:

  • Engage with like-minded students: Join the Wollongong Information Technology Society (WITS) at UOW and become part of a vibrant and engaged community.
  • Hands-on learning: You'll have access and opportunity to attend industry workshops, and work on industry-sponsored projects.
  • Learn from the best:  Learn from world-renowned academics who are experts in their field, and engage with guest industry lecturers throughout your degree.
  • Strong support for women: The Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Student Society actively supports females studying STEM at UOW.

 

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Number 1

UOW Computing and Information Systems ranked first in NSW for graduates in full-time employment, with 85% in full-time employment within four months of completing their course.

Good Universities Guide (GUG) 2020

Become one of the world's most employable graduates

At UOW, you'll develop real-world practical skills and content, not just theory. The latest QILT Employer Satisfaction Survey ranked employers’ overall satisfaction with UOW graduates at 89.6%, placing UOW 1st among NSW universities.

When you're ready to build, develop, explore and design the digital technologies of the future, here is just a sample of careers you can pursue:

  • Analyst
  • Augmented or virtual reality designer
  • Animator
  • Computer or software engineer
  • Cyber security specialist
  • Database administrator
  • Electronics engineer
  • Game or app developer
  • Investment banker
  • IT consultant
  • Network architect or engineer
  • Programmer
  • Quantum computing professional
  • Security engineer
  • User interface designer
  • Web designer or developer

Read more: What can I do with my degree?

Meet David

I chose UOW because it has one of the best reputations for computer science in all of Australia. I'm now in my third year of uni at UOW in Liverpool. I find the smaller classes here allow for the teachers to get to know you and spend time with you.DAVID BACHELOR OF COMPUTER SCIENCE (SOFTWARE ENGINEERING) (CYBERSECURITY)

Sought-after skills

Hear from cryptology expert Senior Professor Willy Susilo and recent graduate Rhiannon Bolton, and learn about the hands-on experiences and opportunities available while studying ICT at UOW. Our graduates are job-ready, with many employed before they graduate.

Alumni stories

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Rhiannon: I think I was interested in computer science because I was interested in like puzzles and problem-solving and I wanted a career with that kind of logical thinking.

Snr Prof Susilo: My research area is in the area of cybersecurity and cryptology.  So I'm a cryptographer by training so basically my research is in the area of how to secure communication over the public channel.

Rhiannon: I think my favourite part of the degree would be how hands-on it is and instead of just learning the theory behind coding or hacking techniques you're actually hands-on in a lab working with other students and your lecturers.

Snr Prof Susilo: Basically our principle is we want to equip students with hands-on experience so the students actually do not study theoretical basis but they will go to the lab they make their hands dirty to make sure that they can practice once they finish then we want to make sure that they are job-ready and once they conclude their study they can directly go to industry.

Rhiannon: So the work I did in clubs and societies gave me the skills and experience to secure a scholarship with Google which took me on a trip to south-east Asia.

Snr Prof Susilo: There are a few ranges of scholarships available for students these are basically sponsored by industry and we encourage our high-achiever students to apply for that and then the scholarship will be able to help them to study.

Rhiannon: As a cyber professional I get to work across a lot of different types of industries and that can take me all across the world.

Snr Prof Susilo: SCT is a very high demand at the moment and also our students are basically they will get a job before even they finish.

Rhiannon: I've just started a graduate position in cybersecurity and at the moment I'm going through rotations of different areas something I didn't realize about cyber is that it's not just hacking or it's not just one particular thing there's a lot of different areas within cyber at the moment I'm moving between them and finding out what I like and I'm excited to specialise.

Snr Prof Susilo: ICT is always changing from time to time so what we learned today is different from what we will need to learn tomorrow so as effectively actually our principle is we want to teach students how to learn for the future.

Rhiannon: The reason I went into computer science is because I was interested in a job that would be that would keep changing and keep being challenging.

Snr Prof Susilo: You have to be very passionate with this profession so effectively we do not really need students who know with the state of the art of what's happening in technology but the students have to be passionate in what they will be doing.

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iC2 is known worldwide for innovation and training in computer and information security.

We're fearless in the pursuit of our purpose. At UOW, you'll have ground-breaking research at your fingertips.

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