Course Detail

Master of Computer Science


Postgraduate

There’s a global shortage of skilled ICT professionals, so qualified graduates are highly sought-after for a range of roles across multiple sectors. La Trobe’s Master of Computer Science will equip you for roles in systems and security engineering, data communications and network design, to name but a few.

Our course will give you the expertise to design, program, manage, maintain and improve computer systems, particularly knowledge-based systems. When you graduate, you'll have strong leadership skills and an understanding of the social, legal and ethical issues facing computing professionals.

We provide training in the software technologies required by information and communications technology professionals. Core subjects include an industry-based project and thesis, which will allow you to explore an area of interest and develop your research skills.

Our wide range of electives gives you the flexibility to develop a skill-set tailored to your interests. Choose electives from areas including data mining, advanced databases, entrepreneurship, wireless network engineering and cloud computing.

Our graduates are working as senior IT architects, software developers, quality assurance engineers and subject matter experts at multinationals such as Nike, Fujitsu and Thomson Reuters. They’ve also secured full-time employment as analysts and specialists at not-for-profit organisations such as UNICEF and Vision Australia.

You can study the course for two years full-time, or up to four years part-time.

There are also a limited number of Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships available that will deliver you a 20% cent reduction of your course fees.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Why study IT at La Trobe?

We’re ranked in the world’s top 400 universities for computer science.

Time Higher Education (THE), 2019, World University Rankings 2019 by subject: computer science

 

La Trobe is in the top 1.2% of universities worldwide.

Time Higher Education (THE), 2019, World University Rankings 2019 ; Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), 2019, Ranking Web of Universities

 

We’re ranked 14th in Australia and 4th in Victoria for employability.

Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), 2019, QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019

 

CAREER OUTCOMES

The global shortage of skilled ICT professionals means graduates are highly sought after for a range of roles across multiple sectors.

This course equips you for roles in:

·         systems and security engineering

·         software and hardware management

·         network design, management and engineering

·         data communications

·         telecommunications

·         wireless networks.

It also prepares you for roles such as:

·         information technology consultant

·         web administrator

·         program designer

·         information systems administrator

·         software and applications trainer.

Our graduates are working as senior architects, software developers, quality assurance engineers and subject matter experts at multinationals such as Nike, Fujitsu and Thomson Reuters. They’ve also secured full-time employment as analysts and specialists at not-for-profit organisations such as UNICEF and Vision Australia.

Additional information

You can specialise in computer networks and software engineering streams by choosing appropriate subjects.

If students have completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science or an Honours degree in computer science, engineering, or equivalent, they may be eligible Advanced Standing (credit) for some subjects.

CRICOS code: 001728G


Course Information

  • IELTS: 6.5/6.0

  • Scholarship: Yes

  • Tuition Fee: AUD $39,600 per year

Admission Requirements

Academic entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or international equivalent) in computer science with a minimum Weighted Mark Average (WAM) 65%.