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Master of Computing (Advanced)

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

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan VCOMP
  • CRICOS code 085934F
  • Field of Education
    • Computer Science
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan VCOMP
  • CRICOS code 085934F
  • Field of Education
    • Computer Science

Program Requirements

The Master of Computing (Advanced) 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


24 units from completion of the Professional Computing specialisation


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

24 units from completion of COMP8800 Computing Research Project

6 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU


Admission Requirements

By transfer from the Master of Computing, with a weighted average mark of at least 70% in the first 48 units of course work attempted as well as the approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.

If the total number of units attempted exceeds 48 in the same teaching period in which the 48th unit is attempted, exactly 48 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks.

Students will be awarded up to 48 units of course credit for completed courses listed in this Masters (Advanced) degree.

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

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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.

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

  • Exposure to best practice in computing.
  • Cutting-edge courses in areas of relevance to computing practitioners and researchers.
  • 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 a substantial research thesis and qualify for a Higher Degree Research pathway

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 study such as a PhD.

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, as well as in academia .

This degree does not have professional accreditation with the Australian Computer Society. Student who require this should undertake the Master of Computing instead.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have:

  1. a solid grounding in the fundamentals of computing and IT
  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, and thesis writing.
  5. experience in applying the above knowledge and skills in a substantial computing research project.
  6. comprehensive and in-depth technical knowledge and skills in the designated specialisation.
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