We are living in an information age. In our work, our leisure, our health and our education, we increasingly depend on access to information. We get the information that we need by using the tools of information technology (IT) by which information is stored, transmitted and processed.
The subjects covered by the department in its courses and research at postgraduate level lie mostly in the two general areas of "software systems" and "theory of computing". Other areas of informatics are covered in more depth by other departments in the University. The Department of Management Science and Information Systems (within the Business School) specialises in data base systems, groupware, and applications of computers to business and management. The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Faculty of Engineering) has interests in computer systems engineering and software engineering.
Within the broad areas stated above, the department offers graduate programmes leading to the MSc and PhD degrees with specialisations including (but not limited to): algorithmic information theory, artificial intelligence, combinatorics, data compression, data communications and networks, distributed computing, graphics, image processing, multimedia and hypermedia systems, neural networks, parallel computation, programming languages and systems, robotics, software engineering, software security, theory of computation, and visual programming.
The department has many research-active staff and excellent national and international links, both to commerce and academia.