The computer science discipline

Computer Science is a dynamic and innovative field that encompasses the study of computers and computational systems. It goes beyond mere programming to include the theory of computation, algorithms, data structures, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. In many developing countries including Papua New Guinea, there is a misconception that computer science is only about learning how to code or use basic software. However, it is a broad and versatile discipline that empowers students with problem-solving skills, critical thinking, and creativity. Computer scientists develop new technologies that can drive economic growth, improve healthcare, enhance education, and address societal challenges. By pursuing computer science, students can contribute to their nation’s technological advancement and global competitiveness, opening doors to a wide range of career opportunities in various industries.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science


  • 4 years full time
  • On Campus (Taraka)
  • Available to both domestic and international students
  • Start Year Intake – February

Earn a degree in Computer Science and apply your creativity to in-demand technology.

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (B.Sc. (Comp. Sc.) is a four-year program that includes the study of computing concepts and theories, algorithmic foundations, and new developments in computing.

Course Structure

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science program covers two years of studying foundational topics in mathematics and computer science and two years of more specialized areas in computer science. The foundation includes the study of ICTs and how they work, engineering mathematics, discrete mathematics, electronics and physics, computer jargons, as well as a broad understanding of the operating system, computer programming, statistics, networks plus the Internet. Study of the specialized areas extends and deepens students’ knowledge and applications of computers. Students take a range of courses related to computer software or systems analysis, design, and implementation, software engineering, mathematical computation, data processing , artificial intelligence plus a couple of elective topic subjects to choose in years 3 and 4.

Provided as follows is the current syllabus for the computer science program.

Career Opportunities

Just so you know…

The Computer Science program here at the PNG University of Technology was the very first in the country that was established and first launched in 1993. Ever since its first graduates graduated in 1997, the program has been producing 25 graduates on average per year.

Students who graduate from this program are expected to be competent in the areas of computer programming languages, data structures and algorithms analysis and design, use of standard end-user applications such as word processing, database packages, and email; systems analysis, and computer hardware and system diagnostic fault finding.  They are also expected to be familiar with the analysis, design, setting up, scaling, and maintenance of database, web, and computer networking systems and applying computers to a wide range of problems in science, technology, education, and business. 

In this current age where the Internet is booming and the use of computer systems have become almost a part of everyday life, Computer Science graduates and professionals have a lot of career opportunities. Posts such as computer or systems analyst, IT/ICT technicians and managers, computer programmers, systems designers, computer/information/cyber security specialists, software testers and software engineers, web application developers, database administrators, and network administrators/engineers are in the general pool of computer science jobs. Many more new jobs are created globally in the areas of computer animation and graphics, virtual reality, robotics, data science, big data analytics, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things. Apart from being part of an organization to work in developing solutions and providing support, there are also job opportunities in research institutions and universities.

In Papua New Guinea, Computer Science graduates enter the work force with a range of skills in Computer Science and its Applications which equip them to have confidence to tackle new jobs in transport, agriculture, mining engineering, medicine, finance and banking, computer graphics and film production, education, and others, where they will often find themselves working in a team to solve computational problems.