Master of Computer Science

The University of Adelaide

Advanced technical studies in computer science provide an understanding of how software and hardware can be combined to overcome a range of complex challenges. This program has a major research component and high-performing graduates may be able to proceed to further research study. The research project is conducted under the supervision of academics from our research groups in fields including, computer vision, evolutionary computation, distributed systems, computer networks, high-performance computing, formal verification and systems modelling. Graduates will gain a demonstrated ability to design and construct large software systems. This degree includes significant programming assignments that are usually written in Java or C + +. Students are assumed to have foundational programming skills and be familiar with at least one object-oriented programming language prior to the commencement of the program.

Course Fee:

Australian: $59,000
International: $80,000

Entry Requirements:

Bachelor's degree in Computer Science; or Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems); or Bachelor of Engineering (Software); or Graduate Diploma in Computer Science or equivalent


The 48-unit master's program normally takes four semesters of full-time study. However, duration may be reduced in the case of candidates with honours or master's level qualifications in computer science. As part of the 48 units, students are required to undertake a research project, deliver a public presentation and write a report on their research. The project is normally completed over two consecutive semesters.

Subjects you can Study:

Computer science

Study Pathways:

Students may convert to a Master of Computer Science from a Master of Computing and Innovation after completing the equivalent of a major in computer science. Students seeking to convert between degrees are required to seek program advice from the faculty office, as not all courses can be counted towards the new program.

Further information:

Students are assumed to have foundational programming skills and be familiar with at least one object-oriented programming language prior to the commencement of the program.


Australian Computer Society (ACS). It also provides the necessary academic requirements for membership of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the Association for Computing and Machinery (ACM).

Accepts International Students:


Campus ATAR/OP Adjusted Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Terrace No info Yes Full time 2 years
North Terrace No info Yes Part time 4 years

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