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Master of Science (Research) in Computer Science

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Level of study:
Master's Degree
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Duration:
1 year
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Start date: Expected March-2022
Campus:
Hamilton Campus
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Summary

The Master of Science (Research) is an internationally-recognised qualification, suitable for students who want a complete research experience, coupled with taught papers.

A core feature of the degree is the development of independent research skills, including the collection and analysis of data and critical review of the relevant literature.

In the first semester, you will complete 60 points of taught papers with the remaining period spent doing a 120 point research thesis.

Study an MSc(Research) at Waikato University and you will enjoy more lab and field work, more one-on-one time with top academics and access to world-class research equipment. Our great industry contacts will also mean exciting collaborations with local, national and international companies and organisations.

Computer Science

Computer Science is rapidly changing the world we live in. Studying Computer Science at the University of Waikato, you'll learn about software systems and how people and computers interact. You’ll also learn how to create new software, and ensure it's easy for people to use.

Ongoing progress in computer technology means that there is a steady need for more qualified computer professionals. The University of Waikato is recognised among the world’s best in computer science, and offers the largest range of advanced computer science courses in New Zealand.

A major in Computer Science is flexible, allowing you to focus on a particular area, or to complete a more generalist major. The papers available are carefully designed to ensure you have a good mastery of a particular area of Computer Science and will equip you with the skills you need to succeed in your chosen career.

Waikato is well-recognised internationally for our computer science research, and have especially enjoyed success with open source software development.

Students have the opportunity to work alongside internationally-respected academics on a wide range of exciting and innovative research projects in areas such as:

  • Broadband communication
  • Data compression
  • Digital libraries
  • Formal methods
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Machine learning
  • Software engineering
  • Cyber security.

Career opportunities

  • Web Architect
  • Business Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Network Architect
  • Computer Animator
  • Mobile App Master
  • Data Miner
  • Usability Architect

Note: Depending on the focus of your research, you could complete that 120-point portion of your MSc(Research) in Tauranga. Facilities there include the Coastal Marine Field Station.

The taught portion of the MSc(Research), which is worth 60 points, is based in Hamilton only.

Entry criteria

Admission requires a relevant Bachelors level qualification or equivalent.

If you do not hold the appropriate qualifications required for direct entry, you may be eligible to apply for a pathway via a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma.

You also need to meet an English language entry requirement as follows:

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in writing); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 90 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50; Waikato Pathways - successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) programme.

Note: To provide flexibility to students during COVID-19 who are affected by the closure of testing centres, and who wish to start their studies in 2021, the University of Waikato will accept the following alternative tests until further notice:

  • IELTS Indicator (this is an online version of the regular IELTS test)
  • TOEFL iBT Home (Plus) (this is an online version of the regular TOEFL test)
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) score of 110 for postgraduate programmes.

The University of Waikato will also accept IELTS and iBT TOEFL test results completed in the last 3 years, rather than the usual 2 years until further notice.

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