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Master of Computer Science

Overview

Change is the only constant in the world of computing. If you're a computing professional looking to upgrade, update or deepen your knowledge of rapidly evolving technologies – this program is for you.

The Master of Computer Science is designed for applicants with a bachelor's degree in computer science or information technology (or a related field). There are other ways to meet admission requirements – see Entry Requirements.

You can focus on one or several areas of interest when choosing from the range of computer science courses, including an advanced research project at masters level.

You will be taught by a mix of internationally renowned lecturers, industry professionals and leading researchers. Our learning spaces are some of the most innovative in the world, allowing students to share ideas, help each other and socialise.

Join a growing industry

  • Demand for technology workers will grow by 100,000 between 2018 and 2024 (ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse 2019, Deloitte)
  • Computer science research jobs will grow 19% by 2026 (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
Location
St Lucia
Duration
1 Year full-time (or part-time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5521
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$45120 (indicative per year)
Duration
1 Year full-time
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020)
Program Code
5521
CRICOS Code
073270G
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Complete your choice of courses that cover topics from advanced computer science, software engineering, information systems, communication systems, interaction design, research and more. In total, there are nearly 50 courses to choose from.
  • Undertake a research project that addresses a specific topic or problem from the broad fields of electrical, computer systems or software engineering.
  • Benefit from a program that offers a flexible study plan. Because the Master of Computer Science has such a large number of courses to choose from, you can tailor your studies to suit your interests, your industry, or your career goals.

66 in the world for computer science

Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

1 in Queensland for computer science and information systems

QS World University Rankings 2020

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Advanced Topics in Security
  • Machine Learning

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Business analyst
  • Data scientist
  • Digital analyst
  • Market analyst
  • Big data architect
  • Data migration specialist
  • Social media data strategist
  • Information architect
  • Database administrator
  • IT support officer

Graduate salary

Computing & information systems (postgraduate)

$69K–$91K

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Next steps after graduation

The Master of Computer Science equips students with advanced-level knowledge and skills in relevant areas, such as information systems, software engineering, distributed systems, networks, research and security.

Graduates work across a variety of fields and professions.

Some graduates choose to study higher degrees and go on to research positions at universities or other major research organisations. Other graduates work in industry – as analysts, engineers, administrators, developers, project managers and in specialist roles – with an increasing number of graduates employed in banking, finance and insurance.

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Degree equivalent to a four-year Australian bachelor honours degree in Information Technology or Computer Science with a GPA of at least 5.0 on a 7 point scale.

Prerequisites

Degree equivalent to a four-year Australian bachelor honours degree in Information Technology or Computer Science with a GPA of at least 5.0 on a 7 point scale.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

Learn more about English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Computer Science are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $45,120

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Computer Science for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Computer Science pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $26,640

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Master of Computer Science for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program. The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

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