MC060 - Master of Computer Science

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Plan: MC060ADV9 - Master of Computer Science
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Computer Science
Award abbreviation: MCompSc
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: Four Semesters full time, Eight Semesters part time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 020100
CRICOS code: 065129A

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Purpose of the Program

The Master of Computer Science (advanced plan) is a software-focused two-year degree designed for computer science and information technology graduates and software professionals.

The unique structure allows you to undertake the same courses as the Master of Information Technology, with the added benefit of undertaking a further semester of study. You may choose to spend your final semester pursuing a unique industrial software engineering project through Your Software.

Your Software empowers students to work in teams on an industry project with an external company. Management and liaison between the company and students is through the office of a professional software project manager with over 20 years industrial IT experience. This practical work-based experience can significantly improve your job prospects. Companies that sponsor projects often subsequently employ graduates.

If you choose not to pursue an industrial internship, you may study a further four approved courses or, if interested in research, apply to undertake Research Methods and a minor thesis.

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Articulation and pathways

Pathways into this program include BP094 Bachelor of Computer Science, BP096 Bachelor of Software Engineering, BP268 Bachelor of Computer Science (Database Systems), BP269 Bachelor of Computer Science (Network Computing). For more information, see the Bachelor Degrees offered by the School of Computer Science and IT page.

The programs nested in MC060ADV are: GD057 Graduate Diploma in Information Technology, GD058 Graduate Diploma in Software Engineering, GC038 Graduate Certificate in Information Technology, GC039 Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering.

Pathways from this program include MR047 Master of Computer Science (Research) and DR089 Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science. For more information, see the Research at Computer Science and IT page.

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Entrance requirements

Local students

Academic requirement: Successful completion of a bachelor level degree in computer science or information technology, with a credit average (minimum 2.0 CGPA), or be a qualified IT professional with extensive relevant industry experience.

International Students

Academic requirement: Successful completion of a bachelor level degree in computer science or information technology, equivalent to a similar degree offered in Australia, with a credit average (minimum 2.0 CGPA), or be a qualified IT professional with extensive relevant industry experience.

English Language requirement: English IELTS language test score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 or equivalent, such as TOEFL (Paper based) = 580+ (TWE 4.5+), or TOEFL (Computer based) = 237+ (TWE 4.5+) or REW English for Academic Purposes Advanced 1&2.

Gaining Credit and Exemptions:

RMIT University offers Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning to recognise the skills you may have gained through formal and informal education and training, work experience and/or life experience including volunteer work, committee responsibilities, family duties and hobbies.

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External accreditation and industry links

This program is accredited at the professional level by the Australian Computer Society, which accredits Information and Communication Technology related programs that are offered by Australian universities, both onshore and offshore.

The School has a very strong Industry Advisory Committee, which is the main link between the program and industry. Membership includes staff from major IT companies with global and local presence.  The committee meets quarterly and provides feedback on the currency of our programs, the changing needs of Industry and has input into the design of new programs.  It also actively contributes to the School through participation in seminars, marketing events, industry awards and scholarships.


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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Resources available from the Library
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University you can access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the Library. You can access books, journals and other course related materials, such as DVDs, past exams, newspapers and e-books. Through our document delivery service you can also request items from any library in the world.

Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: including specific resources for computer science:

Online learning tools and content
As a student in this program you may access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses from the student portal, myRMIT.

The School of Computer Science and Information Technology also provides you with access to its specialised computer laboratories both for use during scheduled classes and outside scheduled class times. These laboratories provide access to a range of computer environments including a variety of database products under different operating systems.

Learning services available to you as a student at RMIT
RMIT provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.

Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

You can find more information at;ID=b3mism7rz4jd

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