Master of Computer Science
Experiment and innovate in computer science
Our Master of Computer Science has a major research component and projects are supervised by leading academics from world-class research groups. Their fields of expertise include computer vision, evolutionary computation, distributed systems, computer networks, high-performance computing, formal verification and systems modelling.
What will you do?
- Build advanced technical knowledge and skills.
- Learn to design and construct large software systems.
- Propose and conduct an advanced research project.
- Deliver a report and public presentation on your work.
Foundational programming skills and familiarity with at least one object-oriented programming language are required to enter the program. Our assignments are usually written in Java or C++.
Where could it take you?
High-performing graduates may be able to proceed to further research study. You could take gaming environments to a whole new level. You could break ciphers or automate cloud security analyses. Perhaps you’ll develop interfaces for the visually impaired. A master degree will give you a competitive edge in all sorts of exciting computer science careers.
This program is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) – please see the Careers section below for more accreditation and careers information.
For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions
information for this program.
I am a:
|Deferment||Yes - 2 year|
|Intake||February and July|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
|Higher Education Study||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.|
|Intake||February and July|
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||
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|Tertiary Qualifications||Bachelor degree with a major in Computer Science or equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.5 or Graduate Diploma in Computer Science.|
|Assumed Knowledge||Object- oriented programming|
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $45,500|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Graduates are well equipped to seek employment within the software development industry, and can build rewarding careers in the 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 AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
- Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Professionalism and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
- Digital capabilities
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
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).
Computational Engineer, Computational Scientist, Computer Game Designer, Computer Hardware Engineer, Computer Programmer, Computer Scientist, Defence Scientist, IT Manager, Scientist, Systems Programmer, Internet Consultant, Multimedia / Web Designer, Software Specialist, Software Developer
- one (3 units) core foundation course
- three (9 units) core electives.
- seven (21 units) computer science electives
- two (15 units) research project
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Example Study Plan
|Choice of Computer Security stream courses:|
|Choice of Data and Information Management stream courses:|
|Choice of Networks stream courses:|
Choice of 7 Computer Science electives:
For more information on the courses on offer please see the Calendar, a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Study plans are available on the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.
Research project, written assignments, practical work and/or examinations.
I chose to study a Masters in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Adelaide because the ASP (Australian School of Petroleum) is located on campus. The different programs content at the ASP are well balanced on important aspects like academia, government and industry and in my case, the coursework option was a better and more convenient choice, given that I already have work experience. On the other hand, there is significant research activity going on at the ASP, which attracts really high calibre teaching staff from Australia and overseas as well.
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Last updated: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021