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Undergraduate Handbook

Computer Science
 Computer Science


Computer Science involves the study of computational systems, and encompasses the fundamental areas of algorithms, networks, databases, graphics and artificial intelligence.

Computer Science graduates are employed as application programmers, user support (identifying problems and potential solutions) or system analysts, database administrators.

The major areas of Computer Science are:
  • Software engineering methodologies
  • Database design and implementation
  • Operating systems and computer networks
  • Microprocessor-based systems
  • Computer graphics, artificial intelligence and robotics
  • Human computer interaction
Studying Computer Science at UNSW

The study of Computer Science at UNSW is primarily through the School of Computer Science and Engineering ( which offers a number of undergraduate programs of study (please refer to the tables below and Computer Engineering specialisation for other related programs/ plans). It is also possible to study Computer Science within a combined degree program. The School also offers honours, postgraduate, and research programs.

Computer Science can be studied as 

Specialisation At the Level of Plan
Computer Science Major

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