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

Program Requirements

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


A minimum of 54 units must come from completion of 8000-levelor or Advanced 6000-level courses:


The 96 units must consist of:

18 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

COMP6442 Software Construction

COMP6445 Advanced Computing Research Methods

COMP8260 Professional Practice 2


24 units from completion of COMP8800 Computing Research Project (12 units x2 ) *to be taken over 2 semesters


24 units from completion of one of the following Specializations:

Artificial Intelligence

Computer Systems

Computational Foundations

Data Science

Human Centred Design and Software Development

Machine Learning

Professional Computing


18 units from completion of further courses from the subject area COMP Computer Science, or non-COMP courses included in specialisation lists


12 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU


Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one specialisation may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another specialisation.

Students who do not achieve a GPA of 6 in the first 48 units of courses attempted will be transferred to the Master of Computing.

Students who do not have the approval of an identified supervisor for COMP8800 by week 1 of their final two semesters will be transferred to the Master of Computing.

Master Research

This degree has been accredited at AQF Level 9 with a significant component of Research. 

Master Research Training

This degree has been accredited at AQF Level 9 with a significant component of Research. 


Study Options

Year 1 48 units COMP6442 Software Construction 6 units COMP6445 Advanced Computing Research Methods 6 units COMP6420 Introduction to Data Management, Analysis and Security 6 units COMP6331 Computer Networks 6 units
COMP8260 Professional Practice 2 6 units COMP6120 Software Engineering 6 units Computing Elective 6 units Specialisation Course/ Computing Elective 6 units
Year 2 COMP8800 Computing Research Project 12 units Computing Elective 6 units Specialisation Course/ Computing Elective 6 units
COMP8800 Computing Research Project 12 units Specialisation Course/ Computing Elective 6 units Specialisation Course/ Computing Elective 6 units

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent in a cognate discipline with a minimum GPA of 6.0/7.0


A Bachelor degree or international equivalent in a cognate discipline with a GPA of 5.0/7.0, with at least 5 years of relevant work experience.

In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. 

Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6.0/7.0 or 5.0/7.0 (as applicable). 

However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. 

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of: 

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency. 

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission 

Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

 Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Cognate Disciplines

Computer Science, Software Engineering. Prospective students with other computing degrees, such as Information Technology or Science (with a major in computing), will be considered on a case by case basis.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please see:


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 2- year full-time (or equivalent part-time) degree targeting students who wish to enter industry in an R&D or leadership role or who wish to pursue a PhD. 

Master of Computing (Advanced) graduates will deepen their existing knowledge and understanding of professional software development and computing practices. Students have the opportunity to participate in many cutting-edge courses and, depending upon their background and interests, are likely to choose to specialise in artificial intelligence, human centred design and software development, or data science. The program culminates in a capstone individual research project requiring students to complete a substantial research thesis.

Students may be awarded up to 48 units of credit. The number of units of credit a student receives will be determined on a case by case basis and will be influenced by their background and focus of their earlier studies.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

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.

It is hoped that this degree will receive professional accreditation with the Australian Computer Society from 2019. Prior to accreditation, students who require ACS professional accreditation should undertake the Master of Computing instead.

Learning Outcomes

  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.

  8. Demonstrate through completion of a substantial computing research project an understanding and application of research methodology and scientific writing.

Research Strengths

This degree has been accredited at AQF Level 9 with a significant component of Research. 

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirement is currently not available for this program.

Further Information

Learn more about the degrees offered at the ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science, read current student profiles to see what campus life is really like, and discover what our graduates have achieved since leaving the College — Visit the College of Engineering and Computer Science website

About this degree

Study options

  • Typically students will enrol in 24 units per semester (four courses): a full-time load.
  • Domestic students may enrol in fewer courses each semester, known as part-time study. Part-time study will extend the duration of the degree and there are limitations to how long you can take to complete the degree.International students must always study full-time.


  • Elective COMP courses can be found on the School Masters course page.
  • Before selecting electives, please read the enrolment pattern mentioned below to see how many electives you may choose and where they fit in your program.
  • When choosing elective courses, check the course listing on Programs and Courses to ensure that you have the required and assumed knowledge before enrolling. If you don't, consider changing your planned enrolment to make sure you take the pre-requisite course.

Academic Advice

Important things to keep in mind when planning your enrolment

  • Students may be able to obtain exemption or credit for some of the introductory courses included in the core. Note: applying for status is essentially a statement that if you were to take the ANU exam for that introductory course you would achieve 70% or greater. As this is an advanced Masters program, students are expected to be performing at a higher level than in the Master of Computing.
  • Instructions on how to apply for credit/exemptions can be found here. Please note the additional requirements that apply to the VCOMP located at the bottom of that page.
  • Where a student has received credit for courses, a maximum of one credited course may be counted towards a specialisation. Exempted courses do not count towards a specialisation.
  • Courses for which you receive an exemption are replaced by elective COMP courses.
  • Course credit awarded count towards the unit requirements of your program, and as a result may shorten the length of your degree. If the duration of your degree is shortened, your eCoE will be revised to reflect the new end date of the degree. This may have implications on your visa conditions. Students are advised to contact the Department of Home Affairs for more information.

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