Computer Science - C6008

Be at the forefront of the computer science industry with a comprehensive Master of Computer Science. Take on new challenges in an ever-growing industry armed with the knowledge and skills to tackle advanced issues with confidence.

Perfect for shifting careers and building on undergraduate study, this master’s will see you dive into fundamental computer science study from day one. Undertake units in java programming, algorithms and architecture and networks before commencing introductory study of the degree’s three specialities. Specialise in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity or software engineering, and graduate ready to take on meaningful work backed by a professional development portfolio of real-world application and accreditation.

You may be eligible to exit this course early with a Graduate Diploma of Computer Science, provided you complete Part A and two units from Part B, or with a Graduate Certificate of Computer Science, provided you complete the following units: ITO4131, ITO4136, ITO4137 and one other unit from Part A.

The Master of Computer Science is designed by award-winning and internationally recognised academics from the Faculty of Information Technology, who are committed to driving transformative change through strategic collaboration and world-leading research. A graduate degree from the only Group of Eight university to dedicate an entire faculty to IT will see you placed among a diverse group of graduates leading some of the world’s top companies.

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Where can the Master of Computer Science take me?

Comprehensive foundational units, the choice of three industry specialisations and meaningful application study means the Master of Computer Science can shift or revitalise your career. Passion for the subject matter allows you to leap from any industry into computer science, supported by a comprehensive master’s degree focused on preparing you to be highly competitive in the job market.

This degree has a focus on specialty study and real-world application, and will see you emerge with current and relevant skills and knowledge, allowing you to seek work in the growing computing industry.

At a glance

Course Details

Location
  • Online: Part time
Duration
2 years, 1.4 years or 0.7 years part time depending on prior qualifications. See entry requirements.
Start date
January, March, May, July, August. October
Qualification
Master of Computer Science (Artificial Intelligence), Master of Computer Science (Cybersecurity), Master of Computer Science (Software Engineering)
Alternative exits
Course Handbook

This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However, holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and student studying online and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.

The Master of Computer Science integrates foundational knowledge, specialist knowledge of a key industry area and application studies focused on understanding technology used in the field. The course, delivered 100% online, ensures you are industry-ready come graduation through an elevated curriculum.

The course is your opportunity to gain a speciality within the field, choosing from software engineering, cybersecurity or artificial intelligence. You’ll have the chance to explore each topic at the beginning of your course. Select a specialisation below to learn more.

Software engineering

With organisations increasingly looking to digital systems and solutions, software engineering specialists are integral. This speciality covers aspects of the software lifecycle, together with the tools, processes, management methods and quality assurance techniques required to deliver robust reliable software, on time and within budget.

Cybersecurity

As the security risks that arise from an increasingly digital world increase, specialists in cybersecurity has never been more important. This specialisation covers the skills to manage and administer cybersecurity and blockchain, and prepares you for roles such as a security systems analyst, designer, blockchain engineer and software or network security engineer or administrator.

Artificial intelligence

With artificial intelligence making its way into every aspect of our lives, the field requires specialists with the knowledge and skills to effectively build AI-based products and intelligent systems. This specialisation covers statistical learning models and algorithms, modern optimisation techniques, natural language fundamentals, modern concepts in image and video, roles of AI and its ethics and impact on organisations, society and the world.

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Please select a specialisation for more details:

Entry Requirements

This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However, holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and student studying online and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.

Entry Requirements (International students)

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this course.

At the time of enrolment in a course at Monash University, you must be at least 17 years of age.

View all minimum age requirements.

All Monash undergraduate courses require you to have successfully completed a minimum of an Australian Year 12 qualification (or equivalent) and achieve the required academic entry score. Most Monash faculties generally use your most recent studies for admission however other guidelines may apply where your prior qualification may be considered.

Entry requirements for each qualification level are as follows:

All Monash undergraduate courses require you to satisfy English entry requirements in one of the following ways:

If you do not meet the above English proficiency test scores, consider Monash English Bridging. Some Monash courses however do not accept Monash English Bridging.

The English measures outlined above must be completed within 2 years prior to the Monash course commencement date (other time limitations may apply as outlined in the Monash University Procedure). If you have completed several measures of English proficiency over a period of time, the highest valid measure will be accepted.

Monash University reserve the right to ask students to complete an English proficiency test to meet English course requirements upon request.

Further information can be located at English language requirements.

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Meeting prerequisite subject requirements from other international qualifications:

You can still meet the above prerequisite subject requirements if you have completed other international qualifications. These subjects will be assessed on a case by case basis when you apply.

The course is structured in three consecutive parts:

  • Part A. Core master’s studies
  • Part B. Specialist studies
  • Part C. Applied practice

Depending on prior qualifications, you may receive credit for all of part of Part A or Part B, or both.

Note: If you are eligible for credit for prior studies, you may elect not to receive the credit.

Units are 6 points unless otherwise stated.

Alternative qualifications

You may be eligible to exit this course early with a Graduate Diploma of Computer Science, provided you complete Part A and two units from Part B, or with a Graduate Certificate of Computer Science, provided you complete the following units: ITO4131, ITO4136, ITO4137 and one other unit from Part A.

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Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

International fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.

A$36,700

Scholarships

We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.