Master of Science in Computer Science in The University of Canterbury

The University of Canterbury

Campus: Christchurch

Duration: 12-24 months

*Fee: $8,014 per 120 points approx

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The Master of Science is made of coursework and a thesis making students to investigate the areas of their interest and run authentic and independent research. Accordingly, Distinction, Merit or Honours may be awarded to the students.

Part I and Part II of the MSc are coursework and a thesis or dissertation, respectively. The course work is needed to be completed with satisfactory competence.

Part I should be completed full-time in 12 months and Part II must be completed in 24 months full-time.

There is a great demand of graduates not only in New Zealand but internationally as well. This course is not limited to programming but includes more than programming i.e., interaction design, networking and communications, software design, computer security, information and graphics operating systems, educational systems, AI and embedded systems – these are the burgeoning areas.

Degree in Computer Science makes you efficient with programming and lets you construct appropriate solutions for your clients. You’ll become efficient in designing systems that are usable, fast, reliable, and scalable and leaves a positive impact on society and environment.

Career opportunities:

Computer Science Graduates are great in demand especially who have technical skills with fine communication skills and ability to work in team.

Apart from working as a professional computing line, Graduates may seek career in the fields of Education, Computer forensics, embedded systems, Computer graphics etc

A variety of positions including:

  • Programmer
  • Computer consultant
  • Webmaster
  • Internet developer
  • Games developer
  • Computing tutor
  • Software engineer
  • Analyst
  • Computer consultant
  • Webmaster
  • Internet developer
  • GIS analyst
  • Games developer
  •  Computing tutor
    Entry criteria:

    Candidates must have their degree in any of the following:

    1. Bachelor of Science
    2. Bachelor of Science with Honours
    3. Bachelor of Speech and Language Pathology with Honours
    4. Postgraduate Diploma in Science
    5. Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering Geology

    Or any bachelor’s degree and a qualifying programme.

    Students who have qualified for a Bachelor of Science with Honours or Postgraduate Diploma in Science in a subject may be directly enrolled to MSc Part II (by thesis-only) in that particular subject.

    English Language Requirements:

    1. IELTS academic with an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    2. TOEFL (iBT) total minimum score of 90, minimum score of 19 in reading, writing and listening.
    3. TOEFL PBT with a minimum score of 575.
    4. Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE with an overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.

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