Master of Computing and Innovation

A competitive edge in computing

Information technology (IT) professionals are faced with new challenges every day. Technical computer science skills are no longer all that’s needed to get the job done.

Our Master of Computing and Innovation is designed to build the communication, project management and innovation skills needed to thrive in a growing industry.

What will you do?

  • Undertake a specialised introductory IT program in your first semester.
  • Learn C++ language and programming.
  • Understand fundamental data structures and computer systems.
  • Benefit from the guidance and mentorship of highly experienced, award-winning educators and world-leading researchers.
  • Learn to design and construct large software systems.
  • Build management and innovation skills through core courses.
  • Apply your learning in a significant project.

This degree will still be invaluable if you already have computer science qualifications. We’ll simply vary your program to reflect your existing knowledge.

Where could it take you?

You’ll graduate ready to take on a wide range of IT-based roles. You could be a computer scientist, web developer or tech entrepreneur. You might manage IT contracts and projects in the government sector. Perhaps you’ll work in marketing, selling exciting new IT products to the public.

Note: After completing the equivalent of a major in computer science, you’ll be eligible to apply for entry into our Master of Computer Science. Depending on your prior study, this major may take up to 2 years to complete. Options for converting to a graduate diploma or graduate certificate program are also available. If you’re looking to convert between programs, seek advice from the Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology, as not all courses can be counted towards the new program.

This program is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) – please see the Careers section below for more accreditation and careers information.

  • Ranked #48 in the world for computer science and engineering^
  • Home to the world-leading Australian Institute for Machine Learning
  • Undertake a major research project supervised by world-class academic staff

^ARWU, 2021

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 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 further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM111
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent, with a minimum GPA of 4.5.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM111

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $35,500

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.


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.


This program is an Australian full-fee program. As a domestic student you may be eligible to:
  • recieve a zero interest government assistance package to cover your course fees and
  • use over $100,000 in HELP assistance over your lifetime
Check your eligibility today at Study Assist.


Career Readiness

Graduates are well prepared for technical roles in industry and 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 and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. 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, Software Developer, Computer Programmer, Internet - Web Programmer

Degree Structure

The Masters program includes:
  • eight (27 units) core foundation courses
  • three (12 units) core electives
  • one (9 units) research courses 
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.

Master of Computing and Innovation

Example Study Plan

Core Course
Students must complete all of the following courses:

Core Electives, choice of 2:
Research Project
Data and Information Management stream electives, choose one of:
General electives, choose at least one (maximum of three):
Advanced electives (choose up to two)


Any course offered by the Entrepreneurship, Commercialisation and Innovation Centre (ECIC) to the value of up to 6 units may be taken.


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


One of the most enjoyable things about studying is the broad networking experience that it provides to each of its students.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 28 Sep 2022