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Master of Computer Science specialising in Software Engineering

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Study load

20-24 hours per week

Units

12

Intakes

Jan, Mar, May, Jul, Aug, Oct

Equip yourself with the toolkit you need to tackle today’s most pressing digital challenges.

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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Our worldwide Computer Science rankings

Monash University holds high renown for graduate employability with prominent rankings in Computer Science and Information Systems domestically and internationally. 
Australia
# 6
(ARWU Global Ranking by Subject 2021)
International
# 76
(ARWU Global Ranking by Subject 2021)

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.

Part A. Core master’s studies

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

Java programming

Architecture and networks

Introduction to Python

Introduction to databases

You must complete the following units

Fundamentals of artificial intelligence

Software engineering

Information and computer security

Mathematical foundations for data science and AI

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

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 $4587.50 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.

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.

Looking for clarification on fee’s or scholarships?

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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 Mark Creado

Mark Creado has taught programming and other IT-related postgraduate study at Monash for over 10 years. His research interests include smart cities, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and system and data security. He has participated in projects for SMEs across the USA, Asia and Australia.

Dr Abdul Malik Khan

Abdul Malik Khan has 16 years of teaching experience at Monash University as a Senior Lecturer. His research focuses on developing efficient VM-consolidation for cloud-based data centres. He is interested in the culture of cyber-security, exploitation, policing and preventative strategies.

Arvind Kaur

Arvind Kaur is a Lecturer of Software Engineering at the Faculty of Information Technology. She researches software engineering, focusing on software development process and automation. Her unique approach to teaching provides students with productive strategies to confront today’s educational challenges.

I am currently in a career transition phase, working to become a full-time software engineer; all this made possible by the excellent pathways Monash has created.

Rashid Elhouli

Graduate of Computer Science

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Industry insights

By bolstering your Computer Science expertise with a specialisation in Software Engineering, you will be ready for work in a wide range of careers in the information and computer science industry, including as a: 

  • Software engineer 
  • Software developer 
  • data scientist  
  • business analyst  
  • IT project manager  
  • IT support engineer 
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5 stars out of 5
Information technology specialists report extremely high job satisfaction.

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30% job growth is expected for Software Developer roles over the next five years.

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$110,000 is the most common salary for a software developer in Victoria.

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