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Master of Computing

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

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  • Length 2 years full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
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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

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 have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. a solid grounding in the fundamentals of computing and IT including program construction, analysis and design, formal methods, and databases.
  2. broad technical knowledge in a selection of contemporary and advanced ICT topics, with an understanding of research issues in those topics.
  3. excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, in the technical ICT context.
  4. an understanding of research methodology, including literature searching, project planning, and evaluation.
  5. experience in applying the above knowledge and skills in a substantial computing project.
  6. comprehensive and in-depth technical knowledge and skills in the designated specialisation.

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with an average mark of at least 65% and with at least three courses (units of study) in the fields of computing and/or maths

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.

Program Requirements

The Master of Computing requires the completion of 96 units, of which:

A minimum of 90 units must come from completion of 6000-level, 7000-level and 8000-level courses in the subject area COMP Computer Science.

The 96 units must consist of:

18 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

COMP6442 Software Construction

COMP8701 Communication for Computing Professionals I

COMP8705 Communication for Computing Professionals II

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 COMP8715 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

Either:

24 units from completion of the Professional Computing specialisation

Or:

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

Specialisations

Study Options

Year 1 48 units COMP6442 Software Construction 6 units COMP8701 Communication for Computing Professionals I 6 units Computing Specialisation course 6 units Computing Elective course 6 units
COMP8705 Communication for Computing Professionals II 6 units Computing Specialisation course 6 units Computing Specialisation course 6 units Elective course 6 units
Year 2 48 units COMP8715 Computing Project 6 to 12 units Computing Specialisation course 6 units Computing Specialisation course 6 units Computing Elective course 6 units
COMP8715 Computing Project 6 to 12 units Computing Specialisation course 6 units Computing Elective course 6 units Computing Elective course 6 units

Indicative Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$37,104.00
Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$27,840.00

Scholarships

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.

Additional Information

Students who have completed a comparable course in previous university studies will be granted an exemption for COMP6442 Program Construction and instead undertake an additional COMP course. Back to the top

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