Master of Computer Science
NOTE: This course has been updated - please refer to the postgraduate handbook change register for details.
Course code: 3328 ~ Course abbreviation: MCS ~ Total credit points required: 96 ~ 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Information Technology
Study mode and course location
This degree aims to provide students who have a previous qualification in computer science or a related discipline, with an in-depth knowledge of one or more areas of study relevant to information and communication technology, in particular, computer science, digital communications or software engineering. In addition, the Master of Computer Science (Minor Thesis) option (below) provides preparation for further research. Students must complete a sequence of study in at least one Master of Computer Science (MCS) specialisation.
On completion of the MCS, graduates will have: an in-depth knowledge of one or more areas of information and communication technology relevant to technical computing so that they will have the intellectual and conceptual foundation to play leading roles in the development of the information and communication technology industry; the conceptual and theoretical framework in which they can appreciate and integrate new software and hardware technologies, and, within technical context, use them to develop solutions to complex problems in our society
Graduates of the MCS (Minor Thesis) will have: planned and completed a substantial research project relevant to computer science, digital communications or software engineering documented by extended 36-point minor thesis; an understanding of the use of a variety of research methods appropriate to information and communication technology; demonstrated competency in technical and research communication, including written and oral presentations; and, if completed at a suitably high standard, be adequately prepared to undertake further research at PhD level.
Minor thesis option
MCS students who perform well and are contemplating undertaking further research studies have the opportunity to complete a research project/minor thesis and research methods training which, if completed to a satisfactory level, will enable them to graduate with a MCS (Minor Thesis).
After completion of a semester of MCS coursework, students who have attained an average grade of distinction may apply for permission to do a research project/minor thesis along with formal research methods training. This option typically requires a 36-point research project/minor thesis. (A 24-point research project may be taken with permission from the course leader.) The MCS (Minor Thesis) is a graded degree with grades of H1, H2A, H2B and H3. Completion of the MCS (Minor Thesis) at H1 or H2A level enables students to apply for admission to a research degree program such as the PhD in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University.
MCS students not undertaking the minor thesis option will graduate with MCS, an ungraded degree, and will not generally be eligible for entry to a subsequent research program on the basis of their MCS.
To qualify for the MCS, students must complete 96 points of study. The program must include: a minimum of 75 per cent (72 points) of approved MCS units with at least 24 points of level 5 units; at least one approved 36-point MCS specialisation; and up to 25 per cent (24 points) of elective units approved by the course coordinator. With the permission of the course coordinator, the elective units may be chosen from other schools and faculties and may include advanced undergraduate units that provide preparation for approved MCS units or otherwise complement the MCS program. This flexibility is beneficial to students and facilitates preparation for further interdisciplinary studies.
Master of Computer Science
To graduate with the MCS, students must complete 96 points of study, including:
Master of Computer Science (Minor Thesis)
To graduate with the MCS (Minor Thesis), students must complete 96 points of study, including:
With the permission of the course coordinator, the elective units may be chosen from other schools and faculties and may include advanced undergraduate units that provide preparation for approved MCS units or otherwise complement the MCS program. This flexibility is beneficial to students and facilitates preparation for further interdisciplinary studies.
Computer science specialisation units
Digital communications specialisation units
Software engineering specialisation units
* Not all units are available in any one year. This list is subject to revision.
Project/minor thesis units**
** A 36-point minor thesis is made up of the above units taken over three semesters. A 24-point minor thesis can be taken over one or two semesters. Despite being divided into 6, 12, 18 and 24-point components for administrative reasons, the minor thesis is a single entity incorporating a research project and formal research methods training. Results are returned only on completion of the final component. It is essential that students enrol in FIT4005 (IT research methods) as a prerequisite or as a corequisite in cases where enrolment in the Minor Thesis extends over more than one semester. To enrol in the Minor Thesis option, students must have first:
Students wishing to exit the Master of Computer Science early may apply to graduate with the:
provided they have satisfied the requirements for these awards.
This course is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) as meeting the standard of knowledge for professional-level membership. The Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science is accredited by the ACS as meeting the standard of knowledge for associate-level membership.
Associate Professor Andrew Paplinski