Admission requirements for 2020 are currently under review, please note the admission requirements listed on this page relate to 2019 admissions.

2020 admission requirements will be published by 1 May 2019.

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

This program will provide you with exposure to best practice in computing with cutting edge courses in areas of relevance to computing professionals.

The ANU Master of Computing encompasses advanced specialisations in Artificial Intelligence, Computational Foundations, Computer Systems and Software Engineering. You will have the opportunity to undertake research of personal or professional relevance, and will be eligible for professional accreditation with the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

This program can also be utilised as professional development for computing practitioners.

Career Options

ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program.

The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion.  It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.http://students.anu.edu.au/applications/

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 a minor in Professional Computing.

Admission Requirements

Either a Bachelor Degree in computing, or a relevant discipline, with high credit average (65% or above) or equivalent.

Or a Bachelor Degree in engineering, science or commerce/economics, with at least one programming course and two mathematics courses in the areas of discrete mathematics, calculus, linear algebra and statistics.

Transfer to the Master of Computing with 48 units of course credit will be possible for students who complete the Graduate Diploma of Computing with a distinction (70%) average.

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$30,112.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential. 

Eligibility 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

This program requires the completion of 96 units, of which:

A minimum of 84 units must come from the completion of 6000, 7000 or 8000-level courses in the subject area COMP – Computer Science

The 96 units must include:

18 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

COMP6442 Software Construction

COMP8705 Communication for Computing Professionals

ESEN6101 Extended University English

12 units from completion of project courses from the following list:

COMP8715 Computing Project

Students with outstanding results in their first year may undertake COMP8800 Computing Research Project (24 units) instead.

36 units from completion of any courses from the following lists:

Artificial Intelligence

COMP6320 Artificial Intelligence

COMP6365 System Architectural Understanding & the Brain

COMP6490 Document Analysis

COMP8400 Algorithms & Techniques for Data Mining

COMP8420 Bio-inspired Computing: Applications & Interfaces

COMP8600 Introduction to Statistical Machine Learning

COMP8620 Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence

COMP8650 Advanced Topics in Statistical Machine Learning

COMP8670 Advanced Topics in Logic and Computation

ENGN8530 Computer Vision

Computational Foundations

COMP6260 Formal Methods for Software Engineering

COMP6261 Information Theory

COMP6363 Theory of Computation

COMP6361 Principles of Programming Languages

COMP8460 Advanced Algorithms

COMP8670 Advanced Topics in Logic and Computation

MATH6114 Number Theory and Cryptography

MATH6203 Foundations of Mathematics

Computer Systems

COMP6310 Concurrent and Distributed Systems

COMP6330 Operating Systems Implementation

COMP6361 Principles of Programming Languages

COMP6461 Computer Graphics

COMP6464 High Performance Scientific Computation

COMP7310 ICT Sustainability

COMP8300 Parallel Systems

COMP8320 Multicore Computing: Principles & Practice

COMP8330 Real-Time and Embedded Systems

ENGN6213 Digital Systems and Microprocessors

Software Engineering

COMP6390 HCI and Usability Engineering

COMP6260 Formal Methods for Software Engineering

COMP6353 Systems Engineering for Software Engineers

COMP8100 Requirements Elicitation and Analysis Techniques

COMP8110 Managing Software Projects in a System Context

COMP8173 Software Engineering Process

COMP8180 Systems & Software Safety

COMP8190 Model-Driven Software Development

COMP8440 Free & Open Source Software Development

ENGN8101 Modelling and Optimisation

VCPG6001 Unravelling Complexity

Students who complete 36 units from a single list will have that specialisation recognised on their academic transcript:

Artificial Intelligence

Computational Foundations

Computer Systems

Software Engineering

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

6 units from completion of elective courses which may be offered by the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science or by another ANU College

Students not admitted on the basis of an English language test or who have a score equivalent to IELTS 7.0 or higher will be granted exemption from ESEN6101 Extended University English and instead undertake an additional elective course.

Specialisations

Study Options

Year 1 48 units COMP6442 Software Construction 6 units ESEN6101 Extended University English 6 units Computing Specialisation course 6 units Computing Elective course 6 units
COMP8705 Communication for Computing Professionals 6 units Computing Specialisation course 6 units Computing Specialisation course 6 units Elective course 6 units
Year 2 Computing Specialisation course 6 units Computing Specialisation course 6 units Computing Specialisation course 6 units Computing Elective course 6 units
COMP8715 Computing Project 12 units Computing Elective course 6 units Computing Elective course 6 units

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The Master of Computing degree is two years duration and will expose students to best practice in computing. The degree is accredited  with the Australian Computer Society.  Cutting edge courses, professional development courses including developing excellent English written and oral communitation skills in the ICT context, together with specialised computing skills and research projects make this a dynamic and exciting discipline to study.

Single degree

  • This degree requires the completion of 96 units
  • 18 units are compulsory courses
  • 12 units of research project or 24 units of research project for students with outstanding results
  • 36 units of a specialistation of your choice
  • 24 units of additional COMP courses
  • 6 units of elective

Double degree

This degree is not available as a double degree. 
Students who have completed a Graduate Diploma of Computing with 70% Distinction average may articulate into the Master of Computing with up to  48 units of advanced standing.

About this degree

  • Typically students will enrol in 24 units per semester (four courses).

Enrolment Status

  • Domestic students are able to enrol in fewer courses each semester which is called studying part time. It will extend the duration of the degree and there are limitations to how long you can take to complete the degree
  • If you are an international student you must always study  full time.

Important things to keep in mind when choosing your 1000-level courses

  • You should read the  ATTACHED for information about course availability and suggested enrolment patterns.
  • Students may take ENGN8150 in place of ESEN6101. ENGN8150 caters more specifically for technical degrees whereas ESEN6101 is a a more general course.
  • COMP8705 should not be taken in SEmester 1 without permission. Please contact the College to discuss this.
  • You need to enrol in courses for both First Semester and Second Semester
  • You can’t study more than four courses (24 units) per semester, eight for the year.
  • If you have not studied computing before, you should choose the followng courses: Semester 1: COMP6700

Majors and Minors

See available majors and minors for this program

  • You must complete one specialisation from the following list:
Artificial Intelligence
Computational Foundations
Computer Systems
Software Engineering

If you are seeking professional accreditation with the Australian Computer Society, you should complete a 24 unit minor/specialisation in Professional Computing. Courses from this minor/specialisation are indicated on the attachment in the section above "Importnat things..."

Electives

  • You should read the information found at the link below including the study plan which outlines the courses you need to complete:
    http://programsandcourses.anu.edu.au/program/7706XMCOMP
  • You should read the attached for information about computing electives that you can choose from:
  • With approval from the program convenor you may be able to study a course from another ANU College.

Study Options

Master of Computing

Study Options

Year 1 48 units COMP6442 Software Construction 6 units ESEN6101 Extended University English 6 units Computing Specialisation 6000-level course 6 units Computing Elective course 6 units
COMP8705 Communication for Computing Professionals 6 units Computing Specialisation 6000-level course 6 units Computing Specialisation 6000-level course 6 units Elective course 6 units

Academic Advice

You should be able to find all the information you need to enrol by accessing online information. If you need to see an adviser,you can attend an Enrolment Advice Session in Melville Hall Bldg 12 as follows:
Monday 10 February 11am-2pm
Tuesday 11 February 11am-2pm
Thursday 13 February 11am-1pm
Friday 14 February 11am-2pm

For further information please contact: studentadmin.cecs@anu.edu.au

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