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Undergraduate major in Logic and Computation

*This subject is available as an area of PhD study within other subjects in the Faculty of Science. Please consult our postgraduate advisers for availability.

Subject description


The Logic and Computation major focuses on the development of computer languages. It has strong applications to artificial intelligence and speech recognition, and to the relevant software.

The programme is designed to appeal to both BA and BSc students. As it combines Computer Science, Linguistics and Logic, BA students may enhance their interest in the Arts (philosophy in particular) with an understanding of the theoretical and practical bases of the IT industry, as well as gaining technical skills. The scientific concerns of BSc students can deepen through an appreciation of the philosophical and linguistic issues at the root of the science of computation. The Arts courses involved in Logic and Computation can strengthen scientific analytical, conceptual and communication skills.

Undergraduate Logic and Computation

This is the first undergraduate programme of its kind in New Zealand. This area is internationally recognised and many world-renowned universities in Europe, North America and Asia have similar degree programmes in this field.

The aim of the programme is to produce graduates with sharp and highly marketable programming and analytical skills required in:

  • Businesses related to IT
  • Computer industry
  • Software development
  • Academic fields such as Computer Science, Programming and Logic; Mathematics and Computing; Philosophy and Logic; Linguistics

The undergraduate courses offer students the opportunity to gain a sound practical knowledge of programming and logical analysis, and to develop the conceptual and analytical skills needed for a deeper theoretical understanding of the subject. The study of logic and computation suits those who have a flexible mind capable not only of creative, speculative thought, but also of precise calculation, problem solving, and design.

Postgraduate Logic and Computation

Opportunities for postgraduate study in Logic and Computation are plentiful, allowing those who have completed a major in the subject at undergraduate level to extend their skills in the field and pursue specialised research projects.



Bachelor of Science (BSc) - Logic and Computation major

See the Bachelor of Arts Logic and Computation requirements.

Plan your degree with our Logic and Computation planner


Career opportunities

Logic and Computation prepares students for a wide-rannge of careers. We live in a society in which computing and information technology have become essential parts of our lives. Our dependence on computing and computing services is increasing and diversifying.

The dependence on computing services means that business, information technology, academia and computing industries - such as network and computing companies, information system and software developers, technological and academic institutions - all need experts with sharp analytical, programming and communication skills.

In addition to following research-based careers in universities and the IT industry, graduates with a major in Logic and Computation are well-placed to pursue any career requiring a flexible mind, capable of thinking precisely and analytically as well as creatively, and an ability to communicate clearly. This rare and versatile combination of skills is highly prized in, for example, business analysis and management consultancy.


Help and advice

For further information, please refer to the Logic and Computation Undergraduate Handbook.

Alternatively, staff at the Department of Computer Science, located on Level 3 of Building 303 (38 Princes Street), can help you with general enquiries and refer you to the relevant academic advisors.

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 82930 or ext 85857
Email: ugadvice-compsci@auckland.ac.nz
Web: www.cs.auckland.ac.nz


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