Please note: Students who commenced this course prior to 2018 and are planning to complete the Informatics major may continue to do so. Students commencing in 2018 or after interested in Informatics are encouraged to explore the Computing and Software Systems or Data Science majors, as well as the concurrent Diploma in Informatics.

The world is awash with information. In the last 5 years we've produced and recorded more information than in the previous 50,000 years; and almost all of this new information is digital.

Informatics is about using computers to work with digital information – gathering, using, storing, retrieving, and visualising information and data. It is the study of tools and technologies to solve problems in all types of settings, such as finance, economics, journalism, biology, health, engineering and communication. Informatics is available to students through the Bachelor of Science. It can also be studied as breadth for Arts, Commerce, Environments and Music students, leading to a concurrent Diploma in Informatics.

Informatics students map data from a global network of temperature sensors, use linguistic modelling to try to understand how language has changed over time, track global trends in finance and cross-reference against off-the wire news stories. They design web pages, build web applications with a simple and powerful programming language and work with sophisticated graphics processing packages to solve practical information-based problems.

Find out more about the Informatics major.

Yoshua Wakeham

“The most rewarding subjects have been those maths and computer science subjects which combine deep (and challenging) theoretical content with meaningful applications. I will come away from this degree immeasurably better equipped to contribute to society in various technical domains. Moreover this course has given me the knowledge and skills to think much more critically about the impact of science and technology on the world.”

  • Career Outcomes

    Graduates with a major in Science Informatics can find work in a huge variety of areas, from clinical research in hospitals to managing and interpreting geological data for mining companies.

    Australia is experiencing an IT skills shortage, with graduates sought after in all industries. Employment in this area has rose very strongly over the past ten years, with good job prospects to 2019.

  • Graduate Pathways

    Bachelor of Science graduates with a major in Science Informatics are very well-prepared for further study in IT and information systems, including the Master of Information Systems, Master of Information Technology and Master of Science (Computer Science). You will also be well-placed to apply for:

    • Professionally focused graduate degrees in the sciences and technology, including biotechnology, environmental systems, informatics and nanotechnology;
    • Graduate degrees preparing for a wide range of professions including engineering, law, medicine and other health sciences, and teaching;
    • Masters and Honours pathways to research higher degrees in the sciences and technology within the Faculty of Science, Melbourne School of Engineering, Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.

Sample Course Plans
Majoring in  Informatics

The flexibility of the BSc means you can adapt your study plan to your situation, or combine your major with another study area of interest. See some examples below.

Major Core Prerequisite
Major core
Complementary / Recommended
Major Selective Prerequisite
Major Selective
Breadth subject / Science Elective