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Master of Computing

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.

The Master of Computing is a two year full-time (or equivalent part-time) degree that provides students with:

  • Exposure to best practice in computing.
  • Cutting edge courses in areas of relevance to computing practitioners.
  • An opportunity to specialise in a computing sub-discipline, e.g. artificial intelligence, computer systems, computational foundations, information and human centred computing or software engineering.
  • Professional development for practicing computing professionals, including the development of excellent English written and oral communication skills in the ICT context.
  • The opportunity to undertake research of personal or professional relevance.
  • An opportunity for non-computing graduates to transition to the computing industry.
  • Professional accreditation with the Australian Computer Society (ACS), with the Professional Computing Specialisation.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

Computing jobs are currently projected to be amongst the fastest growing occupations of our time - so there is no shortage of jobs. This degree can be utilised to access wider a corporate career, as well as a path to further academic undertakings.

Graduates are ideally positioned to take on challenging roles in their chosen sectors and become leaders in the ICT industry. They can work across a range of industries in a variety of roles, including Data Mining Specialist, Big Data Analyst, Human-Computer Interaction Specialist, Software Developer, Embedded systems developer, Network Architect, Systems Analyst, Computer Engineer, Advanced Software Solutions Engineer and Software Architect.

Our graduates work in many organisations including IBM, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Intel, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Accenture Australia, Bloomberg, National Australia Bank, Citigroup, Deloitte, Unisys and the Australian Government.

Students seeking professional accreditatiion with the Australian Computer Society should complete   the Professional Computing Specialisation and the group project version of COMP8715, which is 12u taken as 6u in two consecutive semesters.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. Professionally apply systematic computing approaches to address complex, multi-disciplinary real-world computing problems in a variety of domains.

  2. Synthesise and proficiently apply advanced, integrated technical knowledge from their specialisation and other elective areas of study and the underpinning sciences and computational methods.

  3. Identify and critically evaluate current developments and emerging trends within their specialization and other elective areas of study.

  4. Understand the contextual factors that influence professional computing practice, and identify the potential societal, ethical, and environmental impact of computing activities.

  5. Communicate effectively with colleagues, other computing professionals and the broader community employing a range of communication media and tools.

  6. Engage in independent investigation, critical reflection and lifelong learning to continue to practice at the forefront of the discipline.

  7. Work effectively and proactively within cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary teams, demonstrating autonomy, ethical conduct, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility to achieve computing outcomes at a high standard.


Further Information

Students who have completed a comparable course in previous university studies will be granted an exemption for COMP6700 or COMP6710 and instead undertake an additional COMP course.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7 with a minimum of 3 courses in mathematics and/or computing.   


All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students


Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.


Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Master of Computer Science requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

18 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

COMP6250 Professional Practice 1

COMP8260 Professional Practice 2

COMP6442 Software Construction


24 units from completion of one of the following specialisations:

Artificial Intelligence

Computational Foundations

Computer Systems

Information and Human Centred Computing

Software Engineering


12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

COMP8715 Computing Project

COMP8755 Individual Computing Project


12 units from completion of courses in the subject area COMP Computer Science.


6 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU



24 units from completion of the Professional Computing specialisation



24 units from completion of further courses in the subject area COMP Computer Science


Study Options

Year 1 48 units COMP6442 Software Construction 6 units COMP6250 Professional Practice 1 6 units Computing Specialisation course 6 units COMP6340 Networked Information Systems 6 units
COMP8260 Professional Practice 2 6 units Computing Specialisation course 6 units COMP6240 Relational Databases 6 units COMP6311 Software Analysis and Design 6 units
Year 2 48 units COMP8715 Computing Project 6 to 12 units Computing Specialisation course 6 units Computing Elective course 6 units Computing Elective course 6 units
COMP8715 Computing Project 6 to 12 units Computing Specialisation course 6 units COMP8110 Managing Software Projects in a System Context 6 units University Elective course 6 units
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