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Master of Computer Science

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1-1.5 years full-time; up to 6 years part-time

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

Graduates of the Master of Computer Science through the University of New England (UNE) will gain an advantage in a field which is becoming prevalent in modern organisations: information and computing technology.

In this comprehensive postgraduate course, available online and on campus, you will develop your knowledge, analytical skills and practical experience in a range of ICT areas, and will apply your knowledge and skills to a major research project under academic supervision.

You will also gain strong communication skills and learn to apply creativity and initiative to your scientific research.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline such as computer science, information systems or information technology; OR
  • Hold a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or bachelor with honours qualification in a relevant discipline such as computer science, information systems or information technology.

In addition, applicants must have a knowledge of the programming language Java or C++.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this computer science course, the subjects you may study include:

Core unit:

  • Research methods in the sciences

One of the following research/capstone units:

  • Masters information technology project
  • Computing science/IT thesis

Elective units

  • Advanced computational science
  • Software project management
  • Parallel and distributed computing
  • Computer networks and information security
  • Advanced web programming
  • User experience and interaction design
  • Genomic analysis and bioinformatics
  • Digital electronic systems
  • Special topics in science A
  • Special topics in science B
Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Master of Computer Science from the University of New England.

After graduating with a Master in Computer Science, you will be eligible to apply for PhD candidature.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in IT could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Systems Analyst
  • IT Project Manager
  • Business Intelligence Consultant
  • Information Systems Manager
  • e-Business Developer
  • Software Architect
  • Software Quality Specialist
  • Software Testing Specialist

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for FEE-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees. Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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