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 those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.
For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, 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:
SATAC Code 3CM039 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students teamGraduate entry
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.SATAC Code: 3CM039
CRICOS 001330G 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 IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6 TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21 Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 C1 Advanced 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
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree with a major in Computer Science or equivalent or Graduate Diploma in Computer Science.
Assumed Knowledge Object- oriented programming
Fees and Scholarships
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I am a:
Indicative annual tuition feesAustralian Full-fee place: $32,000
Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $44,000
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 eqipped 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
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- 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
Degree StructureThe Masters program includes:
- 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
- COMP SCI 7007 Object Oriented Programming
Choice of Computer Security stream courses: Choice of Data and Information Management stream courses: Choice of Networks stream courses: Research Project
Choice of 7 Computer Science electives:
- COMP SCI 7000 Software Architecture
- COMP SCI 7010 Special Topics in Computer Science A
- COMP SCI 7012 Special Topics in Computer Science B
- COMP SCI 7023 Software Process Improvement
- COMP SCI 7044 Computer System Security
- COMP SCI 7045 Distributed High Performance Computing
- COMP SCI 7092 Mobile and Wireless Systems
- COMP SCI 7093 Evolutionary Computation
- COMP SCI 7094 Distributed Databases & Data Mining
- COMP SCI 7401 Introduction to Statistical Machine Learning
- COMP SCI 7402 Introduction to Geometric Algorithms
- COMP SCI 7403 Mining Big Data
- COMP SCI 7406 Secure Programming
- COMP SCI 7407 Advanced Algorithms
COMP SCI 7408 Modelling and Analysis of Complex Systems PG
- COMP SCI 7409 Search Based Software Engineering
- COMP SCI 7410 Computer Graphics
- COMP SCI 7411 Event Driven Computing
- COMP SCI 7412 Secure Software Engineering
- COMP SCI 7413 Introduction to Quantum Computing
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.
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Last updated: Friday, 26 Feb 2021