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Lead the innovation

As technology accelerates, so does the demand for skilled computer science professionals. Become an expert in this field, using your specialist knowledge to shape the future of computers.

Discover more with student, Aybars Acar, here.

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IT specialists report very high job satisfaction

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Lead technological innovation into the future 

As technological progress accelerates, so does the demand for skilled computer science professionals. Become an expert in this transformative field, using your specialist knowledge to help shape the future of business.  

The Master of Computer Science specialising in Software Engineering integrates foundational learning, specialist knowledge of a key industry area and application studies focused on understanding technology used in the field. The course ensures you are industry-ready come graduation through an elevated curriculum. It offers you an opportunity to gain speciality knowledge within the field and industry of software engineering.

What you will learn 
  • A shifting digital reality
    Understand how digital technology is reshaping the world, preparing you to play an integral part in that shift. 
  • Computer science fundamentals
    Acquire technical skills in a range of areas: Java programming, algorithms, systems architecture, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and more. 
  • Specialist skills
    Specialise in one of the following areas: software engineering, cybersecurity or artificial intelligence. 
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Monash University holds high rankings domestically and internationally for research and teaching excellence. 
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Pathways to a masters degree

You can graduate with a Master of Computer Science specialising in Software Engineering in approximately 2 years part-time, after completing 12 units (72 credit points total).

You can also exit the course after completing approximately:

  • 0.7 years part-time, 4 units (24 credit points), and you’ll receive a Graduate Certificate of Computer Science; or
  • 1.4 years part-time, 10 units (60 credit points), and you’ll receive a Graduate Diploma of Computer Science.

This course is structured in three parts:

Part A. Core master’s studies,

Part B. Specialist studies
a. Core specialist units,
b. Specialist units

Part C. Applied practice.

Depending on prior qualifications, you may receive credit for all of part of Part A or Part B, or both. If you are eligible for credit for prior studies, you may elect not to receive the credit.

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You can submit an enquiry directly to our student consultants by using the form listed on our contact us page. You’ll have the opportunity to schedule a call if you’d like to receive further information.

These units will provide a critical understanding of theoretical and practical issues related to computer science. You must complete the following four units.

Architecture and networks

Introduction to databases

Foundations of computing

Introduction to Python

Java programming

You must complete the following three units

Fundamentals of artificial intelligence

Software engineering

Information and computer security

If choosing Software Engineering as your specialisation, you must complete three of the following units.

Web applications development

Mobile and distributed computing systems

User interface design and usability

Software testing, quality and standards

The focus of this unit is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to the portfolio of professional development. You must complete this unit.

Applied practice 1

Applied practice 2

Entry level 1: 72 credit points to complete

Duration: two years part-time

An Australian bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline* with at least a credit (60 per cent) average, or equivalent qualification approved by the faculty.

* Relevant disciplines include: any degree in a STEM discipline or degrees that have mathematics, business analytics, scientific or critical thinking, or problem solving.

Entry level 2: 48 credit points to complete

Duration: 1.4 years part-time

A Monash University Graduate Certificate of Computer Science, with at least a credit (60 per cent) average or equivalent.

Entry level 3: 24 points to complete

Duration: 0.7 years part-time

A Monash University Graduate Diploma of Computer Science, with at least a credit (60 per cent) average or equivalent.

English requirements

Applicants must meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements apply for admission to Monash University Australia.

If you need help understanding the above entry requirements, reach out to our student consultants on our contact us page and schedule a booking for a chat.

For the Master of Computer Science, the estimated cost is $4,862.50 per unit. You may be eligible to receive a FEE-HELP loan to cover part or all of your tuition. Fees are subject to change annually.


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.

Looking for clarification on fees or scholarships?

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Career outcomes

The workplace of the future is an exciting and dynamic place. The Master of Computer Science specialising in Software Engineering degree is designed to equip you with the necessary skills to succeed in a constantly changing global environment.

What does the future look like for Security Analysts?

Security is an ever-growing, expansive industry, and analysts in this field are sought-after and well-paid.



The most common salary for a Security Analyst role in Victoria.


4 / 5

Security Analysts report high job satisfaction.

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Expected growth for Security Analysts over five years.

Computer Science online at Monash

The Master of Computer Science is designed by award-winning and internationally recognised academics from the Faculty of Information Technology. The course combines foundational knowledge and skills with specialist study in software engineering.

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 required to deliver robust reliable software, on time and within budget.

Meet your academic team

Dr Pari Delir Haghighi

Dr Pari Delir Haghighi is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Information Technology. Her research interests include context-aware and mobile computing, edge and IoT computing, and mobile health monitoring.

Yi-Shan Tsai

Course coordinator

Yi-Shan Tsai is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Human-Centred Computing in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University. Her work seeks to enhance learning experiences and teaching practice through the use of data and AI technologies

Dr Amin Sakzad

Dr Amin Sakzad is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University. He is also the Deputy Head and Director of Education at the Department of Software Systems and Cybersecurity. He has over 15 years of experience teaching Maths, Engineering, and Computer Science in Australia, Canada and Iran.

Having a degree from one of the most reputable universities in Australia is important to me. The concepts and techniques we have been learning are very modern and up-to-date trends in software engineering which I can apply to my workplace.

Aybars Acar

Master of Computer Science (Software Engineering)

Frequently Asked Questions

When you study an AI related specialisation or elective you’ll learn the mathematical foundations and data modelling concepts for various AI technologies. When you add the software engineering specialisation or electives, you can learn to develop AI-powered software applications.
According to Australian Government career statistics, Usability Architects are among top earners in the Information Technology Industries. Software Engineers and Software applications programmers and software testers are amongst higher earners with very strong demand predicted by the Australian Government.
Software architects focus on the technical feasability of the software. Software engineers build the solutions that enables the software to operate in the technical environment.
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