Computer science

Why study Computer science?

Computer science offers you a balanced blend of theory and practice, covering a wide range of topics, including computer systems and design, databases, artificial intelligence, computer architecture, networks, multimedia systems and games technology.

You will study object-orientated programming, Java and C++ in your first year, undertake industry-based project work and industry placements throughout your course and have the option to select subjects from other disciplines.

La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist.

Computer Science

Computer science students train in programming, database, data structure and software engineering.

Career opportunities

Our students find work in major companies such as Telstra, Qantas, Oracle Australia, Ericsoon Australia, Oakton Consulting Technology and the Victorian and Federal Government.

You can work as a systems analyst, analyst programmer, developer programmer, software engineer, database engineer, security and network expert and multimedia and game designer.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.

Courses

Bachelor of Computer Science

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 3 years full-time or equivalent part time. 3 years

Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Science

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 5 years full-time or part-time equivalent 5 years

Doctor of Philosophy

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 4 years full-time or up to 10 years part-time 4 years

Graduate Diploma in Computer Science

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 1 year full time or part-time equivalent 1 year

Master of Computer Science

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 2 years full-time or up to 4 years part-time 2 years

Featured course

Master of Cybersecurity (Business Operations)

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent. Applicants with relevant experience and/or a cognate degree may be granted advanced standing, allowing them to accelerate their studies. 2 years full-time Applicants with relevant experience and/or a cognate degree may be granted advanced standing, allowing them to accelerate their studies.

Featured course

Master of Cybersecurity (Computer Science)

Semester starts: March and July (City), Six intakes per year (Online) March and July (City), Six intakes per year (Online)
Duration: 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent. Applicants with relevant experience and/or a cognate degree may be granted advanced standing, allowing them to accelerate their studies. 2 years full-time

Featured course

Master of Cybersecurity (Law)

Semester starts: March and July (City), Six intakes per year (Online) March and July (City), Six intakes per year (Online)
Duration: 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent. Applicants with relevant experience and/or a cognate degree may be granted advanced standing, allowing them to accelerate their studies. 2 years full-time. Applicants with relevant experience and/or a cognate degree may be granted advanced standing, allowing them to accelerate their studies.

Featured course

Master of Data Science

Semester starts: Semester 1 and 2 (March and July) Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Duration: 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent 2 years full-time

Master of Science

Semester starts: Anytime Anytime
Duration: 1-2 years full-time or 2-4 years part-time 2 years

Aiden Nibali,
Bachelor of Electronic Engineering / Bachelor of Computer Science

"It is very satisfying to see the code I write actually control real hardware."

Computer science placements

Computer Science and Information Technology students can apply for the industry-based learning program, that provides successful applicants with paid, full-time employment in industry as well as credit towards their degree. See Industry-based learning (IBL) program

The IT branded cadetship program also offers IT students the chance to work full-time and study part-time, whilst gaining mentoring and support from an Industry Partner workplace coach.

In addition, work experience and industry project work is part of many of our courses.

Overseas study opportunities

As a La Trobe student, you can broaden your horizons by studying overseas with one of our global exchange partners. We have partnerships with more than 100 universities in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Europe and North and South America.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of staff during your studies, from tutors through to lecturers and supervisors. View all staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering.