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.

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

  • Ranked #50 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, 2022

Entry Requirements

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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.

  • Admissions Transparency Data
    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2023
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    International students 95 94.1%
    All students 101 100.0%

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Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $37,500

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This is an Australian full-fee program. As a domestic student you may be eligible to:

  • receive a zero interest government assistance package to cover your course fees and
  • use over $100,000 in HELP assistance over your lifetime
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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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Career Readiness

Throughout the program, students are immersed in activities where academic theory meets real-world industry connections, forging a path towards a successful career.

Staff maintain a close connection to industries through Cybersecurity CRC, a platform to connect researchers to industry; and the Australian Institute of Machine Learning, which provides connections to the defence industry, e.g. BAE Systems, Amazon, Dubber AI, Oz Minerals, and more. These connections provide staff and students with an inside track to the latest trends, breakthrough technologies, and emerging opportunities.

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

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

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

To qualify for the Master of Computing and Innovation, students must satisfactorily complete a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 48 units comprising:
  • Core courses to the value of 27 units
  • Research equivalent courses to the value of 9 units in the form of a team-based applied research project
  • Elective courses to the value of 12 units
  • Unless exempted, international students are required to take ENG 7057 Communication and Critical Thinking in lieu of an elective

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 Courses
Students must complete all of the following courses:
COMP SCI 7015 Software Engineering and Project
COMP SCI 7039 Computer Networks and Applications
COMP SCI 7064 Operating Systems
COMP SCI 7081 Computer Systems
COMP SCI 7201 Algorithm and Data Structure Analysis
COMP SCI 7210 Foundations of Computer Science A
COMP SCI 7211 Foundations of Computer Science B
and courses to the value of 6 units from the following: ENTREP 7022 Creativity and Innovation
PROJMGNT 5021 Project Management Fundamentals
ENTREP 5036 Entrepreneurial Concepts and Mindset
ENTREP 5038 New Venture Creation
Research Project COMP SCI 7098 Master of Computing & Innovation Project


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

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Last updated: Friday, 23 Feb 2024