School of Computer Science

Our school

Welcome to the University of Auckland's School of Computer Science, the country's largest, most diverse, and most accomplished. The school was founded in 1981. It now has more than 50 academic staff and 80 research students, and an ever-growing cohort of undergraduates.

The University of Auckland is ranked in the top 100 in the world for Computer Science, and Information Systems according to the 2019 QS World University Subject Rankings.


Associate Professor Giovanni Russello, Head of Department, Department of Computer Science
Associate Professor Giovanni Russello

Computers are pervasive, and impact on many aspects of our lives, from the enormous social impact of computer games, email, and the web, through booking airline tickets and navigation systems to banking.

We expect these systems to work correctly all the time and if they don’t our lives can be seriously impacted. As a result, the need for Computer Science graduates has increased dramatically, leading to a skills shortage across the IT sector.

The School of Computer Science at the University of Auckland is the largest department in New Zealand. We offer a very broad range of courses spanning almost all aspects of Computer Science.

The school has a strong research focus, with more than 40 academic staff actively undertaking research, much of it in collaboration with international researchers and local industry.

This means our degree programmes are leading edge, our graduates are well prepared for the challenges of the dynamic and fast growing software industry and are very well received by industry employers.

We look forward to seeing you in our classes in the near future.

Associate Professor Giovanni Russello
Head of School

Contact us

If you need to contact us, you can do so by phone or email. If you have questions regarding enrolment, please contact or visit the Science Student Centre.

School of Computer Science

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 82930
Fax: + 64 9373 7453

Opening hours reception

From 8.30am-4.30pm
Closed on the weekend and on public holidays. Close down between Christmas and New Year.

Postal address

School of Computer Science
University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142
New Zealand

Our location and for courier delivery

School of Computer Science
University of Auckland
Room 405, Level 4 
Science Centre Building 303
38 Princes Street
Auckland 1010
New Zealand

Location map and directions

Gibbons Lectures, visitors to the school and more

Gibbons Memorial Lecture Series

In 2008 the School of Computer Science initiated an annual series of lectures intended to describe ongoing research in Computer Science to a wider public.

The lectures are named the "Gibbons Lectures" in memory of Associate Professor Peter Gibbons.

Read more about the lectures and catch-up on the videos from previous years.

Visitors to the school

Each year numerous academic staff from other universities worldwide make extended visits here. 

Every academic visitor to the school should have a host within the School of Computer Science.

Find out more.


Computing history displays

The School of Computer Science hosts a number of displays on the history of computers and computing. 

The displays are available to students, staff and members of the public and cover everything from a timeline about the development of computers on the ground floor, through to a display about long term data storage on the fifth floor.

Learn more and find out what you can view


Computer science sculptures

The School of Computer Science has three sculptures by New Zealand artist Leigh Christensen each of which has a computer science theme. 

The three sculptures are described in the video below, with the details of the working logic circuits of Mainframe described fully. Mainframe is a kinetic sculpture that can add two 2 bit binary numbers to give their 3 bit sum. 

If you are in Auckland, you're welcome to visit to view the sculptures.