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Master of Computing and Innovation

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 2 years full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code 3CM111

CRICOS 064441A

The Master of Computing and Innovation is a conversion program designed for students who wish to develop new skills in the area of information technology (IT), management and innovation.

Success as an IT professional in today’s diverse market requires not only technical computer science skills, but also expertise in innovation and project management. As IT professionals are employed more broadly throughout different industry and government sectors there is an increasing diversity in their roles, encompassing management of IT contracts and projects, development of applications, identification and management of IT solutions and the marketing and selling of IT solutions. This diversity requires IT professionals to exhibit a high degree of technical knowledge as well as good communication and project management skills. The Master of Computing and Innovation is designed to provide these skills.

Students with no prior experience in computer science undertake a specialised introductory program in their first semester, designed to address fundamental IT requirements and familiarisation with assessment and the University of Adelaide environment. After completion of the introductory program, students will be skilled in programming in the C + + language and have knowledge of fundamental data structures and computer systems.

Students with existing qualifications in computer science may also undertake the degree and build on their skills in IT and management and innovation. Such students will have the core course requirements (i.e. the introductory program) varied to reflect their existing knowledge.

Graduates gain the ability to design and construct large software systems. Academic staff provide guidance and mentorship based on years of experience in IT education and industry involvement. Award-winning educators and world-leading researchers jointly provide an exciting, innovative and comprehensive education environment.

Students commencing this program may, after the completion of the equivalent of a major in computer science, transfer to a Master of Computer Science or Master of Software Engineering program. Students unable to complete a Master of Computing and Innovation program may be able to convert to a graduate diploma or graduate certificate program. Students seeking to convert between programs are required to seek program advice from the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, as not all courses can be counted towards the new program.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3CM111
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM111

    International applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 064441A
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearsons Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    Cambridge Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Minimum Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent.
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $28,000

    International applicants

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    Annual tuition fees International student place: $38,500


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates can seek technical roles in industry, the public sector in the areas of information and communication technology, communications and project management.

    The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

    Graduate Attributes

    The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
    1. Deep discipline knowledge
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Professional Accreditation

    The Master of Computing and Innovation is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). It is designed to provide a professional qualification in computing and information technology and also provides the necessary academic requirements for membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

    Potential careers

    Communications Technologist, Computer Scientist, Information and Communications Technologist, Information Technologist, IT Manager, Project Manager, Software Engineer, Computer Programmer, Internet - Web Programmer, Internet Commerce Specialist

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

  • Degree Structure

    In this 48-unit program, students undertake a variety of core and elective courses, designed to provide skills in IT, management and innovation, and a significant project designed to combine skills developed across the program.

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Year 1

    COMP SCI 7202 Foundations of Computer Science (6 units)

    COMP SCI 7201 Algorithm & Data Structure Analysis (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7081 Computer Systems (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7064 Operating Systems (3 units)

    General Elective (3 units)**


    6 units from the following list:

    ENTREP 5016 Entrepreneurship & Innovation (3 units)

    ENTREP 5018 Opportunity Assessment (3 units)

    PROJMGNT 5021 Applied Project Management 1 (3 units)

    ENTREP 7022 Creativity & Innovation (3 units)

    Year 2 COMP SCI 7098 Master of Computing & Innovation Project (9 units)

    COMP SCI 7039 Computer Networks and Applications (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7015 Software Engineering & Project (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7094 Distributed Databases & Data Mining or COMP SCI 7306 Mining Big Data (3 units)#

    General Elective or Advanced Elective or ECIC Elective (3 units)

    General Elective (3 units)
    General Elective Choices COMP SCI 7407 Advanced Algorithms (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7026 Computer Architecture (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7090 Computer Graphics (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7305 Parallel and Distributed Computing (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7059 Artificial Intelligence (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7027 Computational Cognitive Science (3 units)^

    COMP SCI 7076 Distributed Systems (3 units)~

    COMP SCI 7089 Event Driven Computing (3 units)
    Advanced Elective Choices COMP SCI 7022 Computer Vision (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7005 Adaptive Business Intelligence (3 units)^

    COMP SCI 7009 Modern Heuristic Methods (3 units)^

    COMP SCI 7007 Specialised Programming (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7023 Software Process Improvement (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7045 Distributed High Performance Computing (3 units)^

    COMP SCI 7077 Solving Engineering Models (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7091 Commercialising IT Research (3 units) ^ 

    COMP SCI 7036 Software Engineering in Industry (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7007 Specialised Programming (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7093 Evolutionary Computation (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7000 Software Architecture (3 units)^

    COMP SCI 7092 Mobile & Wireless Systems (3 units)~

    COMP SCI 7402 Introduction to Geometric Algorithms (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7401 Introduction to Statistical Machine Learning (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7409 Search Based Software Engineering (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7010 Special Topics in Computer Science A (3 units) ^

    COMP SCI 7012 Special Topics in Computer Science B (3 units)^

    COMP SCI 7044 Computer System Security (3 units)*^

    COMP SCI 7307 Secure Programming (3 units)*
    ECIC Elective Choices ENTREP 5016 Entrepreneurship & Innovation (3 units)

    ENTREP 5018 Opportunity Assessment (3 units)

    PROJMGNT 5021 Applied Project Management 1 (3 units)

    Any other TECHCOMM, PROJMGNT or ENTREP course offered by the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre

    ENTREP 7022 Creativity & Innovation (3 units)
    **Unless exempted by the Faculty, all international students are required to undertake a specialist course ELEC ENG 7057 Engineering Communication & Critical Thinking. This course must be completed in the first semester of study and will be presented in lieu of a general elective.

    #All students are required to complete at least one course from the below elective stream.

    ^Check the course planner for course availability noting the availability of all courses is conditional on the availability of staff and facilities.

    Data and Information Management Stream
    COMP SCI 7094 Distributed Databases & Data Mining (3 units)
    COMP SCI 7306 Mining Big Data (3 units)

    Please refer to the ECMS website for a study plan to guide your enrolment


    Project work, written assignments, practical work and/or examinations.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017


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