Computer science Engineering and IT

Computer science Engineering and IT

Computer science allows you to come up with logical solutions to real-world problems using current computing technology.

Through Macquarie’s innovative computer science programs you’ll study artificial intelligence, security, human-computer interactions, numerical analysis, database systems and theories of computing, giving you the skills to build a rewarding career.

Professional experience

Gain real-world experience working with industry clients well before you graduate thought Macquarie University's PACE program.

PACE provided computer science students with the opportunity to translate their years of theory-based learning into practical reality by working in teams to find a solution, complete a project or develop an application for an industry client. Through PACE, students were able to learn from and work with industry professionals without even leaving the University campus.

"This PACE unit has really helped to open the door to application development and certainly broadened my horizons." – PACE alumnus, Benjamin Civitco

"Through PACE I've been able to build many skills including team skills, communications skills, interpersonal skills and especially leadership skills. I've been able to put together everything I have learnt over the past few sessions at university and apply that to industry standards." – PACE alumna, Katrina Mendoza

No matter what you decide to study at Macquarie, PACE has an activity for you. Learn more about the opportunities available through PACE.

Our expertise

The Department of Computing has introduced an initiative designed to improve the experience of Computing students at Macquarie and bridge the gap between academics and students.

This scheme aims at connecting new Computing students with a Computing academic by giving them the opportunity to meet at the start of their Degree. If you decide to take up this opportunity, your academic mentor will be your single point of contact to answer questions related to careers in IT and academic advice. Your academic mentor will provide guidance for you to succeed and achieve your goals.

Academic mentors arrange a meeting at the beginning of the semester with a small group of students that has been allocated to them. You have been or will be contacted by email to find a suitable date to meet. Following this first encounter, individual sessions can be arranged later on for more personalised advice.

Please email Professor Michael Sheng or A/Prof Steve Cassidy in case you have any enquiries on this scheme or if you are experiencing difficulties with your mentor.

Scholarships and prizes

The Department of Computing recognises merit and excellence in students through the award of scholarships and prizes. Individuals and organisations have generously donated funds for these awards:

  • DEEWR prize for Outstanding Undergraduate in Introduction to Systems Design and Data Management Prize (Unit:ISYS114)
  • DEEWR prize for Outstanding Undergraduate in Applications Modelling and Development (Unit:ISYS254)
  • GT Micropro Prize for Introduction to Computer Science (Unit:COMP115) – Donated by GT Micropro
  • Jan Hext Prize for Fundamentals of Computer Science (Unit:COMP125)
  • Jan Hext Prize for Object-Oriented Programming Practices (Unit: COMP229)
  • Jan Hext Prize for Programming Languages (Unit:COMP332)

Other Scholarships

Information about other Macquarie University Scholarships and Prizes can be found in the University handbook.

Further information

Macquarie University offers various kinds of scholarship to students. View more details on eligibility and other conditions.

If you have any questions about Computing scholarships, please contact the Head of Department, Dr Christophe Doche on the below:
Email: the Department Office at
Location: Building E6A Room360
Phone: 02 9850 9514

Tayeef started his Masters of Information Technology at Macquarie after receiving news that he was awarded a Macquarie University International Scholarship (MUIS).

“I was so glad that I could start in February, without the MUIS I wouldn’t be here, so it’s definitely been a fantastic opportunity for me and I feel really lucky,” he says.

Tayeef has been impressed with the quality of teaching at Macquarie, noting that his lecturers and professors are particularly knowledgeable in their fields.

“This means that I have a good grasp on theory and industry knowledge because of what I have learnt and who I have learnt from. I think it gives me a competitive edge,” he explains.

Upon finishing his masters degree, Tayeef intends to undertake higher degree research work at Macquarie University.

“I want to bring back my research and knowledge from an advanced country like Australia, to help better the IT sector back in Bangladesh and to be involved in change and the development there,” he explains.

“Macquarie is how a university should be – a balance of quality teaching, enjoyable environment, modern facilities and endless learning opportunities. It’s definitely an environment that inspires students to somehow make their mark on the world. My mark will be in the information technology industry at home,” he says.

  • computer design and manufacturing engineer
  • electronics design and manufacturing engineer
  • project and technology manager
  • research and development engineer
  • software designer and developer.

Possible employers

  • banks and financial institutions such as The Macquarie Group, NAB, Commonwealth Bank
  • computer software and hardware companies such as Google, Microsoft and Cisco
  • computing and IT companies such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard, EMC and Toshiba
  • government and university research laboratories such as CSIRO, DSTO (Defence Science and Technology Organisation), ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation)
  • public sector institutions at both state and federal level
  • semiconductor companies such as Intel
  • technology and manufacturing companies such as Honeywell, OEM
  • telecommunications companies such as Optus, Telstra, Vodafone, Nokia, Netcomm
  • university research laboratories around the world
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