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Master of Computer Science

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

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

SATAC Code 3CM039

CRICOS 001330G

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 degree has a major research component and high-performing graduates may be able to proceed to further research study. The research project is conducted under the supervision of academics from research groups in fields including computer vision, evolutionary computation, distributed systems, computer networks, high-performance computing, formal verification and systems modelling. 

Graduates will gain a demonstrated ability to design and construct large software systems.

This degree includes significant programming assignments that are usually written in Java or C + +. Students are assumed to have foundational programming skills and be familiar with at least one object-oriented programming language prior to the commencement of the program.

Students may convert to a Master of Computer Science from a Master of Computing and Innovation after completing the equivalent of a major in computer science. Students seeking to convert between degrees are required to seek degree advice from the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, as not all courses can be counted towards the new degree.

  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    SATAC Code 3CM039
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry A completed Bachelors degree in Computer Science or a completed Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems Engineering) or a completed Bachelor of Engineering (Software Engineering) or a completed Graduate Diploma in Computer Science or equivalent.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM039

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS 001330G
    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 with a major in Computer Science 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

    Scholarships

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

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  • Careers

    Career Readiness

    Graduates can seek employment within the software development industry, including careers in scientific, entertainment, networking, software engineering and defence sectors.

    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 Computer Science is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). It is designed to provide a professional qualification in computing and information technology. It 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

    Computational Engineer, Computational Scientist, Computer Game Designer, Computer Hardware Engineer, Computer Programmer, Computer Scientist, Defence Scientist, IT Manager, Researcher, Scientist, Systems Programmer, Internet Commerce Worker, Internet Consultant, Multimedia / Web Designer, Software 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

    The 48-unit master's program normally takes four semesters of full-time study. However, duration may be reduced in the case of students with honours or master's-level qualifications in computer science. As part of the 48 units, students are required to undertake a research project, deliver a public presentation and write a report on their research. The project is normally completed over two consecutive semesters.

    Academic Program Rules

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

    Example Study Plan

    MASTER OF COMPUTER SCIENCE
    Year 1 COMP SCI 7007 Specialised Programming (3 units)

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

    Elective (3 units)**

    Elective (15 units)
    Year 2 COMP SCI 7099A Master of Computer Science Research Project Part A (9 units)*

    Elective (3 units)
    COMP SCI 7099B Master of Computer Science Research Project Part B (6 units)

    Elective (6 units)
    Elective
    Choices 
    COMP SCI 7077 Solving Engineering Models (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7005 Adaptive Business Intelligence (3 units)^

    COMP SCI 7009 Modern Heuristic Methods (3 units)^

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

    COMP SCI 7091 Commercialising IT Research (3 units) ^ 

    COMP SCI 7022 Computer Vision (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7023 Software Process Improvement (3 units)

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

    COMP SCI 7041 Language Translators (3 units)^

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

    COMP SCI 7407 Advanced Algorithms (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7409 Search Based Software Engineering (3 units)

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

    COMP SCI 7402 Introduction to Geometric Algorithms (3 units)

    COMP SCI 7000 Software Architecture (3 units)^

    COMP SCI 7093 Evolutionary Computation (3 units)
    *Students must achieve a grade of Credit or higher in COMP SCI 7099A Master of Computer Science Research Project Pt A in order to progress to COMP SCI 7099B Master of Computer Science Research Project Pt B. Students who do not meet this requirement and receive a Pass for COMP SCI 7099A Master of Computer Science Research Project Pt A may choose to present additional electives as directed by the School.

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

    **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 an elective.

    All students are required to complete at least one elective from each stream.

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

    Computer Security Stream
    COMP SCI 7044 Computer System Security (3 units)^
    COMP SCI 7092 Mobile & Wireless Systems (3 units)

    Networks Stream
    COMP SCI 7045 Distributed High Performance Computing (3 units)^
    COMP SCI 7092 Mobile & Wireless Systems (3 units)


    Please refer to the ECMS website for a study plan to guide your enrolment http://www.ecms.adelaide.edu.au/current-students/enrolment/study-plans/

    Assessment

    Research project, written assignments, practical work and/or examinations.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 15 Aug 2017

 

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