Computer Science

Steering the information age into the next era

Put yourself at the forefront of modern technology and prepare for a career where your problem-solving and creative expertise makes you the cornerstone of any organisation.

Why study Computer Science?

Our reliance on computers continues to increase and so does the demand for skilled professionals with a firm foundation in computer science.

Within our supportive learning environment, you'll have the opportunity to study object-orientated programming, Java and C++, computer systems and design. You'll also study databases, artificial intelligence, computer architecture, networks, multimedia systems and games technology. The diversity of this foundation will open you up to a world of career opportunities.

With technology moving into all aspects of service-delivery and innovation, all organisations have need for sophisticated systems, programs and databases. Computer scientists have a unique versatility with the capacity to work across creative industries, medicine, science, education or IT. Here at La Trobe, we work closely with industry to ensure we teach what is needed for a successful career in computer science. We also ensure that our students gain industry-based experience through project work and placements, giving you the perfect balance of practice and theory.

Here at La Trobe, we work closely with industry to ensure we teach what is needed for a successful career in computer science. We also ensure that our students gain industry-based experience through project work and placements, giving you the perfect balance of practice and theory.

Where can Computer Science take me?

Many of our graduates find work in major companies such as Telstra, Qantas, Oracle Australia, Ericsson Australia, Oakton Consulting Technology and the Victorian and Federal Government. Others create their own entrepreneurial opportunities. 

Depending on your interests, you may find a career as a systems analyst, analyst programmer, developer programmer, software engineer, database engineer, security and network expert and multimedia and game designer.

Opportunities in the field of computer science continue to grow and the demand for highly skilled graduates is consistent.

Why La Trobe?

  • La Trobe offers superior teaching facilities and many of our labs are open 24/7. In addition, specialist labs offer hands-on experience with networking technology and software development through collaborations with Microsoft and CISCO.
  • Our degree is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Graduates are eligible for professional membership.  
  • You can choose to complete part of your degree overseas, at one of over 100 study exchange partners, giving you an international edge.

Further study options

If you're an undergraduate with a strong academic record and an appropriate major, Honours in Computer Science awaits. Your Honours year will give you the chance to combine coursework and research in a specialised area of study.
 
Complete the Honours program with high grades to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research program or direct entry into the PhD program.

Get to know our staff

View all the staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on Computer Science and Information Technology.

How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're a current Year 12 student or if you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not in Year 12 and applying only to La Trobe, you can apply direct.

Key dates 

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in semester 1, and July for entry in semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.

VTAC and UAC applications for 2016 are now closed.

Prerequisites

VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in Maths (any).

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