Master of Computer Science (MCompSc)

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Academic Year

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


Advanced technical studies in computer science provide an understanding of how software and hardware can be combined to overcome a range of complex challenges. This program has a major research component and high-performing graduates may also proceed to a PhD program.

The Master of Computer Science is an AQF Level 9 Masters qualification with a standard full-time duration of 2 years.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically analyse and solve complex problems as independent self-directed learners.
  2. Demonstrate deep knowledge of advanced concepts in computer science.
  3. Apply theoretical knowledge and practical skills to complete a research project in computer science.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of professional conduct and ethical issues in computer science research and ICT industry.
  5. Use strong interpersonal skills to enable effective communication with a range of audiences.
  6. Adopt professional attitudes, standards, values and best practice from research and industry.


Conditions of Enrolment
Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Master of Computer Science

There shall be a Master of Computer Science.

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Master of Computer Science, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 48 units, comprising:

  1. Core courses to the value of 3 units
  2. Research equivalent courses to the value of 15 units in the form of a research project
  3. Elective courses to the value of 30 units
  4. International students with an IELTS overall score less than 8.0 are required to take ENG 7057 Communication & Critical Thinking in lieu of an elective

Core Courses