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Why study a Master of Computer Science?

10 May 2023
Preparing career-ready graduates for digitally transformed industries
Our Master of Computer Science is a future-focused, flexible degree. It combines specialist knowledge, real-world experience, and problem-solving skills to create technical leaders in the field.

Computing underpins our daily lives: from the apps and websites we use, to the information sharing that facilitates health, transport and finance services.

As fast-advancing AI and data privacy breaches dominate news headlines, there is an unprecedented demand for skilled computer scientists.

"Computer science skills are more in demand than ever, thanks to almost all industries undergoing digital transformations," explains Dr Wei Bao, Master of Computer Science course director and senior lecturer.

 "While we once thought of computer science as more relevant to sophisticated tech companies, now areas such as algorithms, digital media and software development are key to a wide range of businesses".

The Faculty of Engineering's new Master of Computer Science meets the new skillset demand, enabling graduates to enter the field with specialist knowledge and career-ready experience.

As a flexible degree suited to graduates and professionals with or without prior experience in the field, the course covers foundational units through to advanced level subjects. Experienced applicants can to apply for the Master of Computer Science (advanced entry).

What is computer science?

Put simply, computer science is the study of computers and computational systems. It explores the science behind computing, its impact on society and how it can advance our lives.

The field requires creativity and problem solving and covers areas such as coding and software development, cybersecurity, algorithms, and human computer interactions.

The Master of Computer Science is designed to equip graduates with the technical and transferrable skills needed to succeed in the field.

Who should study the Master of Computer Science?

The degree is flexible and caters for different experience levels and may be tailored in line with your interests.

While some master's degrees in the field require applicants to have qualifications or professional experience in a cognate discipline, the Master of Computer Science is open to applicants with an Australian bachelor's degree or equivalent in any discipline.

By combining foundational units of study with technical units, research, and work experience opportunities, students will build the entry-level knowledge they need before building their specialist skillsets.

Meanwhile, applicants who already have a background in computer science or information technology can apply for the Master of Computer Science (advanced entry). They can complete an additional specialisation instead of the foundational units, or apply for recognition of prior learning to reduce the degree time.

What specialisations and careers are there in computer science?

Our Master of Computer Science offers opportunities for students to tailor their studies to align with their interests and goals. This includes the option to specialise in:

Students can also choose from several pathways within the degree, where they can work on a specific industry or research project through the capstone pathway, hone their research skills through the research pathway, or undergo an industry placement through the work integrated pathway.

As computer science is a broad field, roles and careers are varied and span a range of industries. From start-ups to financial services and consulting firms, many industries and organisations are in need of computer science expertise.

Possible roles include:

  • Programmer or software developer
  • IT project manager
  • Computer systems and network manager
  • Software engineer
  • Systems analyst
  • Software architect
  • Database administrator

Applications for the Master of Computer Science are open for Semester 1, 2024. Visit the course page to learn about the course structure, costs and entry requirements.

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