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Master of Applied Computing

Key information

Level of study:
Master's Degree
Tuition fees:
12 months
Start date: 15-November-2021
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Course details


Technology is growing its relevance and impact in every industry. Consequently, there’s a shortage of trained tech professionals in New Zealand and around the world. Adding strong understanding of technology alongside your existing skills prepares you for the future of work, and opens up more opportunities across the board.

The Master of Applied Computing from Lincoln University seeds the skills for you to ready to move into a technology-based role in 12 months, even if you don’t have a technological background. The programme focuses on growing your skills and understanding through experiential, project-based learning that includes an industry project. Both problem-solving capabilities and people skills are valued by the tech industry. You’ll expand your abilities to work well and communicate complex technical information to colleagues and clients.

How you’ll grow

  • Gain the technical and interpersonal skills required to work with project teams, designing, developing and deploying software solutions.
  • Work closely with external clients on real world projects, gaining priceless practical experience.
  • With the opportunity to develop in an area of specialist technical expertise that’s aligned with your interests (this could guide your choice of industry project).
  • Engage with experienced industry professionals throughout the programme, cultivating a network of connections that will help your future career.
  • Have the chance to present your work and compile a portfolio of your project experience.

Career opportunities

Tech-related roles are on the current long-term skills shortage list. So this degree prepares you for an exciting and fulfilling range of positions. Potential tech-based careers for graduates of the Master of Applied Computing include software creation and maintenance, particularly relating to land-based industries. Or depending on the electives you choose, you could focus on data, databases and geographic information systems.

Summary of Regulations

You will need to complete 180 credits of taught courses from the Schedule of Courses for the Master of Applied Computing over three semesters (12 months of study).

Programme Structure

You can choose from three different intakes. Begin in the November intake and you can complete this qualification in as little as twelve months. Alternatively, start in either the February or July intake and take 18 months to complete your study, incorporating a summer break.

Pathway options

If you’re not sure whether you are eligible to enter the Master of Applied Computing, you can always opt to staircase your degree.

This means starting the programme in a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Science then continuing with the Master’s degree if you want to.

Depending on when you start, you can gain the Master of Applied Computing with only two further semesters of course work (after a Postgraduate Certificate).

Entry criteria

A New Zealand level 7 Bachelor’s degree or recognised equivalent, with a B average or better in the final year (If you don’t meet the entry requirements but have an extensive work experience, please contact the course advisor).

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that your English is good enough to study successfully at university. Lincoln University recognises achievement through a limited number of recognised tests of English Language. Below are the minimum standards for entry to the programme:

  • IELTS academic score of 6.5 overall, with no individual component less than 6.0
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 80 (with at least 21 in writing and 18 in Speaking)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) overall score of 176, with no individual component less than 169
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 58 with no communicative score of less than 50
  • Lincoln University English Language GCAE or LU EL 70%.

Course variation

21-February-2022 - Lincoln University

Lincoln University
Tuition fees:
18 months
Start date: 21-February-2022
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