Bachelor of Information Sciences


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Program Description

Create the tools that will change the world tomorrow

Information Sciences spans most of our daily lives and this will only increase as the world becomes more connected. Be part of one of the fastest growing industries in the world and choose an exciting, innovative career solving real-world problems with technology.

What is it like?

At Massey University you can follow your interest in computing in a friendly and flexible learning environment.

Join the trailblazers

Massey is a New Zealand leader in IT education and is the only university in New Zealand to offer both information systems and information technology majors in an undergraduate programme.

We are also one of the few where your information sciences qualification covers all three disciplines of computer science, information technology and software engineering. These majors are not isolated and you can choose to have more or less of these three areas as part of your study, depending on your area of interest or career ambitions.

Accredited by the industry

The Bachelor of Information Sciences is one of the first computing degrees in New Zealand to be accredited by the IT industry. Massey University’s majors are all endorsed by the Institute of IT professionals, the professional body for those working in the IT industry.

Seize an international career

Accredited by the Institute of Information Technology Professionals and part of the Seoul Accord, the Massey BInfSc is a first-class, internationally-recognised qualification allowing you to take your career around the world.

Become an all-around problem solver

The Massey BInfSc is the only degree in New Zealand that features all five majors in one programme, giving you core technical knowledge across the whole information sciences spectrum. This means you have the flexibility to study across all majors to learn how an application is developed from conception right through to finished product, ensuring you graduate as a creative, adaptable and high-value employee.

You’ll learn a broad spectrum of skills from business management through to developing software and hardware. So you’ll emerge from your studies at Massey with a well-rounded understanding of the whole industry as well as the specialist skills you’ll need to become an excellent ICT professional.

Choose your major later on

You may be thinking about studying in this area but are not sure what major to choose. At Massey, you have the flexibility to change your major right up until the end of your first year. So you can complete the first year of study, and once you’ve experienced the different subjects, make up your mind after that.

In demand

A report by Absolute IT showed that IT employers are seeking increasing numbers of staff. In Auckland alone, 75% of IT employers are planning to recruit additional staff and contractors in 2016. The majority of the hiring is taking place because of increased demand and new projects.”

The research showed that high demand areas are now software development, business analysis, project management and data/database. These are the key areas of information sciences you can study through the Bachelor of Information Sciences at Massey.

World leading

Massey University’s programme is ranked in the top 300 university computer science and information systems programmes in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings.

The personal approach

When you study the Bachelor of Information Sciences at Massey you’ll join small classes, where interaction with the lecturer is commonplace. You will be able to ask questions of the lecturers and get their support and advice.

Wider options for when you study

The Massey BInfSc allows you to choose a minor in any subject across the university - so personalise your degree and stand out from the crowd with unique minors such as public health, Earth science, defence studies or entrepreneurship and small business.

You can start your three-year degree at the beginning of the year, or in Semester Two (starting July). Or if you’d like to do your degree in a condensed period of time you can complete extra courses during our Summer School (November to February), allowing you to complete your degree in less time. Once you graduate you can move on to advanced study in the BInfSc (Honours) or the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences or the Master of Information Sciences.

BInfSc or BSc?

The Bachelor of Information Sciences includes a range of topics such as computer science, software engineering and information technology. It is the perfect degree if you would like to pursue a career as a computing professional. The Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) allows computer science to be combined with other science subjects such as mathematics, statistics and physics.

Majors or endorsements

  • Bachelor of Information Sciences (Computer Science)
  • Bachelor of Information Sciences (Data Science)
  • Bachelor of Information Sciences (Information Systems)
  • Bachelor of Information Sciences (Information Technology)
  • Bachelor of Information Sciences (Software Engineering)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • 3-year programme
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

A good fit if you:

  • Have some mathematical ability (NCEA Level 2 is recommended)
  • Think logically and analytically
  • Are interested in developing software applications
  • Are comfortable with rules and structures


There is huge demand for people with information sciences skills.

Massey Bachelor of Information Sciences graduates continued to find employment even during the recent recession when graduates in other fields struggled.

Today - there are more employment opportunities in information communication technology (ICT) than any other sector in New Zealand. The same often applies internationally.

Don’t take it from us - take a look at the SEEK website - about 2,000 ICT jobs in New Zealand are advertised at any time on this website.

Entry requirements

To enrol in the Bachelor of Information Sciences programme you must qualify for undergraduate admission, either through Bursaries and Scholarship Examinations, NCEA Level 3, New Zealand University Entrance, Admission with Equivalent Status, Discretionary Entrance or Adult Admission.

Students with excellent achievements in NCEA and prior programming experience through the successful completion of courses and participation in competitions like STAR, NCSS or the ACM SPPC will be considered for direct entry into second-year Computer Science courses and may be eligible to participate in software development projects.

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses, there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Last updated Jan 2019

About the School

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