Study information and physical sciences

The School of Information and Physical Sciences provides a modern, relevant, and comprehensive learning experience, with graduates earning sought-after qualifications that lead to exciting career opportunities, some of which are currently in a period of tremendous growth.

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Computer Science

Computer scientists work on challenging, complex problems, developing the foundation of new software technologies, both theoretical and practical. Our students develop their problem-solving skills as well as develop strategies and new technologies across a variety of areas in the field. Computer science is fundamental to emerging trends in computing such as machine learning, autonomous systems, cyber security and virtual reality, among others. Courses include artificial intelligence, robotics, digital forensics, bioinformatics, web development and data security.

Career examples

  • Games developer
  • Security architect
  • Computer software program manager
  • Business intelligence director
  • Application development manager
  • Cyber security advisor
  • Information security analyst
  • Process automation specialist
  • Digital transformation specialist
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning specialist

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Computer Science
  2. Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Computer Science
  3. Bachelor of Computing (Honours)
  4. Bachelor of Data Science / Bachelor of Computer Science

Cyber Security

As individuals and organisations increasingly rely on networked applications in our day-to-day lives, protecting our information and allowing us to safely conduct our business is critical. Our Master of Cyber Security has been designed to enable students to become cyber security professionals.

Courses include data security, system and network security; security attacks - analysis and mitigation strategies; and security standards and practices in industry. Cyber security courses are also embedded in our undergraduate degree programs.

Career examples

  • Security system manager
  • Security consultant
  • Cryptographer
  • IT security engineer
  • Security system developer
  • Security analyst
  • Project manager

Degrees

  1. Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security
  2. Master of Cyber Security

Data Science

The study of data science incorporates mathematical and statistical knowledge and skills with programming, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, deep learning, machine learning and related computing skills to extract meaningful insights from data. Students learn how to use a number of tools and frameworks to analyse patterns in data, and then communicate their findings.

As organisations continue to realise the importance of understanding data to help solve business problems and optimise operations, the need for data scientists will continue to increase.

Career examples

  • Data analyst or data scientist
  • Programmer
  • Statistician
  • Web developer or manager
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning specialist
  • Big data specialist
  • Digital transformation specialist

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Mathematics
  2. Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Mathematics
  3. Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Mathematics
  4. Bachelor of Data Science
  5. Bachelor of Data Science / Bachelor of Computer Science
  6. Bachelor of Data Science / Bachelor of Mathematics
  7. Bachelor of Mathematics
  8. Bachelor of Mathematics (Advanced)
  9. Bachelor of Mathematics (Honours)
  10. Bachelor of Science
  11. Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
  12. Diploma in Information Technology
  13. Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics
  14. Graduate Certificate in Data Science
  15. Master of Business Administration (Global) / Master of Science (Data Analytics)
  16. Master of Data Science
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Information Technology

Information technologists develop, build and maintain software technology systems to meet the challenges faced by business and society. Our IT students develop the skills to build software using databases and sophisticated web interfaces suitable for a range of applications.

Courses include programming, web technologies, database and information management, human-computer interaction, systems analysis and design, business analysis, and project management.

Career examples

  • Enterprise architect
  • Infrastructure business analyst
  • Systems analyst
  • IT project manager
  • Desktop systems specialist
  • IT and communications advisor
  • Software developer
  • Software application support specialist
  • Mobile app designer
  • Technical software consultant
  • Software development project manager
  • E-learning developer
  • Finance software analyst

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science
  2. Bachelor of Computing (Honours)
  3. Bachelor of Information Technology
  4. Bachelor of Information Technology / Bachelor of Business
  5. Diploma in Information Technology
  6. Graduate Certificate in Information Technology
  7. Master of Information Technology (MIT)

Mathematics

Mathematics is the science and study of number, quantity and space, either as abstract concepts as pure mathematics, or applied to other disciplines such as physics and engineering. Students learn how mathematics underpins most technological advances that we rely on every day.

Career examples

  • Data Scientist
  • Logistics Officer
  • Mathematical Modeller
  • Investment Banker

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Chemical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Mathematics
  2. Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Mathematics
  3. Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Mathematics
  4. Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Mathematics
  5. Bachelor of Mathematics
  6. Bachelor of Mathematics (Advanced)
  7. Bachelor of Mathematics (Honours)
  8. Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Mathematics
  9. Bachelor of Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Mathematics
  10. Bachelor of Science
  11. Bachelor of Science (Advanced)

Physics

Physics is one of the oldest natural sciences, dedicated to the study of how the universe works. Majors in this branch are concerned with the nature and properties of matter and energy. Students learn how physics explains the fundamental mechanisms of the other sciences, underpins the technologies that are the focus of engineering, and opens up new areas of research.

Career examples

  • Nanotechnologist
  • Astrophysicist
  • Space scientist
  • Optical physicist

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science
  2. Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Mathematics
  3. Bachelor of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science
  4. Bachelor of Mathematics
  5. Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours) / Bachelor of Science
  6. Bachelor of Science
  7. Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
  8. Bachelor of Science (Honours)

Software Engineering

Software engineers develop software that can be applied in a huge variety of sectors. They start by analysing a client’s needs, then they design and develop software architecture solutions that they implement, test and monitor.

Courses include database management systems; enterprise software architectures; formal languages and automata; programming languages and paradigms; software architecture and quality management; and software development.

Career examples

  • Software engineer
  • Internet and web engineer
  • Telecommunications engineer
  • Software development manager
  • Control systems engineer
  • Applications software developer

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours)
  2. Diploma in Information Technology

Statistics

The study of statistics involves learning how to describe, summarise and model the world around us using data. Statisticians draw reliable conclusions from data that leads to better informed decision making in all walks of life. Our students study statistical methodology and learn how historical data generated by real-world systems can forecast the future of these systems in industries such as economics and finance, science, engineering, and quantitative social sciences.

The major in statistics within the Bachelor of Mathematics and Bachelor of Science degrees is accredited by the Statistical Society of Australia.

Degrees

  1. Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science
  2. Bachelor of Data Science / Bachelor of Mathematics
  3. Bachelor of Mathematics
  4. Bachelor of Mathematics (Advanced)
  5. Bachelor of Mathematics / Bachelor of Science
  6. Bachelor of Science
  7. Bachelor of Science (Advanced)
  8. Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
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