Computer science


Computer scientists conceptualise and solve practical computing problems. Study at Deakin and you'll gain the skills to develop data-driven solutions to existing and emerging problems in areas such as data analytics, robotics and telecommunications.

Get work-ready

Study computer science at Deakin and graduate with valuable experience in industry-based or industry-driven projects. You will gain the expertise to work in any of Australia’s 19 diverse industry sectors as an IT professional with a degree ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.


Undergraduate (your first degree)

An undergraduate degree is generally completed between two to four years, depending on the pattern of study and any recognition of prior learning you may have. Associate degrees, bachelor and bachelor with honours are all undergraduate degrees.


Higher Degrees by Research (supervised research)

Research degrees are research based master’s or PhD programs that focus on a single area of expertise. They provide students the opportunity to carry out highly specialised research under expert supervision.

Deakin punches well above its weight with computer science. Students access talented and passionate staff who apply innovative and engaging teaching practices.

Dr Tim Wilkin

Senior Lecturer, School of Information Technology

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If you're dreaming of an exciting and rewarding career in computer science, we'll help get you there.

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Career opportunities

Computer science offers an exciting future where you could find employment as an IT professional in any of Australia’s 19 industry sectors, in roles such as:

  • software development
  • software engineering
  • computing systems architecture
  • data science and analytics
  • information security
  • new technology research
  • robotics development and applications
  • telecommunications.

As your experience develops, you’ll be able to progress into positions such as technical lead, senior developer or project manager. With further studies, computer scientists are well positioned to take on senior management roles such Chief Information Officer or Chief Technology Officer.

Computer science excellence

Computer science at Deakin has been ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Source: 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities). This performance ranking reflects our teaching and research excellence in this progressive field of study and ensures we are well positioned to prepare you for a career in this exciting area.

Modern facilities with the latest technology

In our regularly updated facilities and fully equipped computer labs, you'll access the latest software and technologies. The new Robotics and Internet of Things (RiOT) studio has the latest in computing, robotics and cyber-physical systems. You'll also have access to professional software products, such as programming IDEs, games engines, VR and content development systems.

Research with us

The School of Information Technology aims to benefit society by generating new fundamental knowledge, training tomorrow's technology leaders and advancing industry technologies to maintain a competitive edge. Our research develops your skills, and with our expert staff supervising you, you'll be on the right path to a successful career.

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Gain practical experience

Get an edge in the job market through hands-on experience with up-to-date technologies that are backed by sound training in fundamental concepts, models and methods. Our courses include a work placement or internship, allowing you to apply what you learn in a professional environment and develop crucial professional networks.

Industry connections

We recognise the importance of maintaining strong industry links and being closely aligned with the IT industry. IT representatives from leading corporate industries and the government sector guide our curriculum and teaching programs, keeping our courses current and relevant to industry needs, which is key in a sector where change is constant.

Computer science students undertake industry-based or industry-driven projects, and have opportunities to develop entrepreneurial skills with industry partners through Deakin Spark, the Deakin Incubator Group and the Deakin Software and Technology Innovation Laboratory (DSTIL). Deakin also hosts guest speakers from key industry partners on a regular basis, keeping you up to date with industry trends as well as providing important networking opportunities.


Most of our IT courses are accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS), ensuring a high quality of education and providing you with international recognition as an ICT industry professional, making you stand out to future employers.

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