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Focus on computer science. The Master of Information Sciences will give you in-depth knowledge and expertise in computer science. Read more

Focus on computer science

The Master of Information Sciences will give you in-depth knowledge and expertise in computer science.

Find out more about the Master of Information Sciences parent structure.

Massey University’s Master of Information Sciences (Computer Science) will give you the knowledge and skills you need to gain a more in-depth understanding of computer science and to advance your career.You will learn how to apply knowledge of ICT technologies and/or management with both a broad world-view and at a specialty level. If you wish to have a broader-based qualification the Master of Science (Computer Science) may be suitable for you.

Flexibility of focus

Within computer science you can make the most of our lecturer’s research expertise to focus on topics that interest you such as:

  • Massey Auckland: artificial intelligence, compilers, computer graphics, computer vision, parallel and distributed computing, operating systems and advanced computer systems.
  • Massey Palmerston North: empirical software engineering, program verification, human-computer interaction, technology - support learning, artificial intelligence, smart environment, machine learning, scientific computing, health informatics and graph algorithms.

In demand

A report by Absolute IT showed that IT employers are seeking increasing numbers of staff. In Auckland alone 75% of IT employers are planning to recruit additional staff and contractors in 2016. The majority of the hiring is taking place because of increased demand and new projects.

The research showed that high demand areas are now software development, business analysis, project management and data/database. These are the key areas of information sciences you can study at Massey.

Giving you relevant work experience

A professional practice project is a major part of this masters. You will have the opportunity to lead real projects for real companies on real issues that they wish to solve. This experience can directly lead to roles and add substantial value to your resume when you are seeking employment.

Complete in 1.5 years

Massey University’s Master of Information Sciences is a 180 credit master qualification offering a rigorous programme of learning that can be achieved in one and a half years full-time study.

Giving you relevant work experience

A professional practice project is a major part of this master’s. You will have the opportunity to lead real projects for real companies on real issues that they wish to solve. This experience can directly lead to roles and add substantial value to your resume when you are seeking employment.

Research-led learning

Massey teaching is research-led and our academics are ranked among the best in the world. Our teaching staff are widely published and are in demand as keynote speakers on topical global issues. International visitors regularly seek out visits to our science facilities to learn more about what we do.

Accessible lecturers

We work to help you succeed. Massey University offers smaller classes and more personalised learning, giving you greater access to lecturers and the help you need to succeed and thrive during your master’s study.

Relevant learning

Your lecturers and supervisors at Massey have strong connections with the industry. We work to ensure that our teaching fits with the changing environment, which means you will emerge with a relevant qualification valued by potential employers.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Information Sciences will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.



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A deeper understanding of science. Gain the knowledge and skills for a more in-depth understanding of computer science. Find out more about the . Read more

A deeper understanding of science

Gain the knowledge and skills for a more in-depth understanding of computer science.

Find out more about the Master of Science parent structure.

Studying towards your masters is a challenging and satisfying postgraduate experience.

Massey University’s Master of Science will give you the knowledge and skills you need to gain a more in-depth understanding of computer science and advance your career.

When you graduate with a Master of Science you will have learned how to work at a high level of academic achievement, work to deadlines under pressure and communicate effectively.

In demand

A report by Absolute IT showed that IT employers are seeking increasing numbers of staff. In Auckland alone 75% of IT employers are planning to recruit additional staff and contractors in 2016. The majority of the hiring is taking place because of increased demand and new projects.

The research showed that high demand areas are now software development, business analysis, project management and data/database. These are the key areas of information sciences you can study at Massey.

Complete in a shorter time-frame

Massey University’s Master of Science is a 180 credit master qualification (a 240 credit MSc is also available). The 180 credit masters offers a rigorous programme of learning yet can be achieved in one and a half years.

Research-led learning

Massey teaching is research-led and our academics are ranked among the best in the world. Our teaching staff are widely published and are in demand as keynote speakers on topical global issues. International visitors regularly seek out visits to our science facilities to learn more about what we do.

Accessible lecturers

We work to help you succeed. Massey University offers smaller classes and more personalised learning, giving you greater access to lecturers and the help you need to succeed and thrive during your master’s study.

Relevant learning

Your lecturers and supervisors at Massey have strong connections with the industry. We work to ensure that our teaching fits with the changing environment, which means you will emerge with a relevant qualification valued by potential employers.



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Become a sought-after employee. The Master of Information Sciences (Software Engineering) is a relevant programme that will give you the skills to be sought after for the many senior positions available around the world. Read more

Become a sought-after employee

The Master of Information Sciences (Software Engineering) is a relevant programme that will give you the skills to be sought after for the many senior positions available around the world.

Find out more about the Master of Information Sciences parent structure.

A masters is for those who want to gain a more detailed understanding of an area of study, either for interest, or to perhaps move up the hierarchy in your career. It is a satisfying and challenging postgraduate qualification. 

Massey’s Master of Information Sciences (Software Engineering) is a taught programme, which includes an in-depth professional project.

This programme will give you the skills to become a sought-after ICT professional in managerial and senior technical positions. You will be able to take on the best of the many senior positions that are available in New Zealand and around the world.

In demand

A report by Absolute IT showed that IT employers are seeking increasing numbers of staff. In Auckland alone 75% of IT employers are planning to recruit additional staff and contractors in 2016. The majority of the hiring is taking place because of increased demand and new projects.

The research showed that high demand areas are now software development, business analysis, project management and data/database. These are the key areas of information sciences you can study at Massey.

Broad-based learning

The software engineering major is a joint one - that means you will learn about both computer science and information technology. This includes the design and construction of large software applications, the technical knowledge of computer programming from computer science, combined with the design and team skills of information technology.

Application of complex systems

Undergraduate programmes focus on your technical knowledge such as programming skills. When you undertake postgraduate study, you will learn more about the application of the more complicated processes you can apply this knowledge to, such as developing complex and dependent operating and recognition systems. You will learn how to apply knowledge of ICT technologies and/or management with both a broad world-view and at a specialty level.

Giving you relevant work experience

A professional practice project is a major part of this masters. You will have the opportunity to lead real projects for real companies on real issues that they wish to solve. This experience can directly lead to roles and add substantial value to your resume when you are seeking employment.

World-leading staff

Massey has world-leading staff in our areas of expertise, teaching and researching at the leading edge of information sciences. We prepare you to take your place as leaders in this rapidly-growing industry.

Smaller classes

At Massey you’ll be part of small, interactive classes where you can have close contact with your lecturer.

Relevant to industry

Your study of software engineering at Massey is well-aligned with industry. Our lecturers have worked (and are still working) with the industry internationally. They bring their practical perspective, industry relationships and knowledge of the latest developments in this field to your study to make it more relevant to your potential employers.

Complete in a shorter time-frame

You may now complete this degree in 180-credits (previously 240 credits). This means that you can qualify in only three semesters, or one and half years.

Thesis only

You may choose to complete a Master of Information Sciences by thesis only. This is a 120 credit research qualification for students who have completed the BInfSc (Hons) or PGDipInfSc.

Set yourself apart

A masters gives you a point of difference from your peers, many of whom graduate at an undergraduate level only.

Flexibility of focus

During your study you will learn how to apply problem-solving and analytical thinking skills to the analysis of, and solutions to, general software-based problems within the broader ICT community. You will also gain skills in evaluating policies and processes used in the design, construction, testing and maintenance of advanced technological solutions in order to make informed strategic decisions.

Why postgraduate study? 

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. This qualification will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. 

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.



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Move up the hierarchy. Whether you are looking to move up the hierarchy in your engineering career, are interested in developing analytical skills through applied research, or both, Massey’s Master of Engineering Studies unique aspects will give you a step up. Read more

Move up the hierarchy

Whether you are looking to move up the hierarchy in your engineering career, are interested in developing analytical skills through applied research, or both, Massey’s Master of Engineering Studies unique aspects will give you a step up.

Find out more about the Master of Engineering Studies parent structure.

The Master of Engineering Studies (Electronics and Computer Engineering) is a high-quality programme combining taught and research courses at a postgraduate level. It is a 120 credit qualification able to be completed in one year full-time. 

If you are already working, or your research experience is limited, this qualification will give you the learning you need to take your career to the next level or pursue more in-depth postgraduate research. 

This qualification will help you become an excellent electronic and computer engineer. You will be multi-disciplinary, have excellent practical skills and be able to design, develop and manage both software and hardware projects. You will be capable of working in a team environment to solve problems from the device level to networks, communication systems and embedded systems.

Hands-on practice as you learn

There is a strong emphasis on embedding computing & electronics technologies in every-day consumer products and the importance of the user interface.

Solve real-world problems

While you will gain a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles of engineering, the Master of Engineering Studies emphasises the application of your engineering learnings to complex real-world industrial problems. Massey staff have strong relationships with industry and you can utilise these to find projects of relevance to you. 

Unique specialities

The degree will help you gain expertise in an area outside of the focus of your undergraduate qualification, or current employment, or help you progress your career in your area of interest.

Advanced problem-solving skills

An integral part of your learning will be the experience working in a team environment to solve problems at a variety of conceptual levels.

You’ll gain the ability to learn independently, analyse industry needs and propose and validate tangible technical solutions, identify when your knowledge of a problem is lacking, and be able access and use the information required.

Access to broad expertise and equipment

As an engineering student at Massey University, you gain access to engineering and advanced technology-related expertise as well as a huge range of equipment and knowledge such as 3D printers and world class mechanical and electronic workshops, state-of-the art microscopic and genomic facilities, horticulture and agriculture expertise, extensive farm networks and a broad range of science, health, business and humanities-related staff. This unique capacity will enable you to build machines and devices for testing hypotheses and develop products in a modern multidisciplinary engineering context.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Engineering Studies will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge, expertise, and the critical analytic skills needed to define a problem and develop, test, and validate engineering solutions. In fact, the world engineering originates from Latin ingenium, meaning "cleverness."



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Focus on information technology. The Master of Information Sciences will give you in-depth knowledge and expertise in information technology. Read more

Focus on information technology

The Master of Information Sciences will give you in-depth knowledge and expertise in information technology.

Find out more about the Master of Information Sciences parent structure.

In the Master of Information Sciences you will learn how to apply knowledge of ICT technologies and/or management with both a broad world-view and at a specialty level.

Undergraduate programmes focus on your technical knowledge such as programming skills. When you undertake postgraduate study, you will learn more about the application of the more complicated processes you can apply this knowledge to, such as developing complex and dependent operating and recognition systems.

Studying towards your masters is a satisfying and challenging process that will give you a sought-after postgraduate qualification. If you want to gain a more detailed understanding of an area of study, either for interest, or to perhaps move up the hierarchy in your career, you should consider this qualification.

In demand

A report by Absolute IT showed that IT employers are seeking increasing numbers of staff. In Auckland alone 75% of IT employers are planning to recruit additional staff and contractors in 2016. The majority of the hiring is taking place because of increased demand and new projects.

The research showed that high demand areas are now software development, business analysis, project management and data/database. These are the key areas of information sciences you can study at Massey.

What will you learn?

During your study you will learn how to apply problem-solving and analytical thinking skills to the analysis of, and solutions to, general software-based problems within the broader ICT community.

You will gain skills in evaluating policies and processes used in the design, construction, testing and maintenance of advanced technological solutions in order to make informed strategic decisions.

Complete in under two years

If you study full-time you can complete the Masters of Information Sciences in three semesters (one and half years).

This is a taught programme, with a major component an in-depth professional project.

Flexibility of focus

Within information technology you can make the most of our lecturer’s research expertise to focus on topics that interest you such as mobile systems and security. Or you have the freedom to graduate without a major and mix and match the topics that interest you the most. Areas of expertise include:

  • Massey Auckland: artificial intelligence, compilers, computer graphics, computer vision, parallel and distributed computing, operating systems and advanced computer systems.
  • Massey Palmerston North: empirical software engineering, program verification, human-computer interaction, technology - support learning, artificial intelligence, smart environment, machine learning, scientific computing, health informatics and graph algorithms.

Giving you relevant work experience

A professional practice project is a major part of this masters. You will have the opportunity to lead real projects for real companies on real issues that they wish to solve. This experience can directly lead to roles and add substantial value to your resume when you are seeking employment.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Information Sciences will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

120-credit Master of Information Sciences (by thesis only)

You can also complete a Master of Information Sciences (by thesis only). This is a 120 credit research qualification for those who have completed the BInfSc (Hons) or PGDipInfSc.



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Transform data to change lives. Join this unique qualification to become a leading, sought-after analyst and disseminator of critical health-related data. Read more

Transform data to change lives

Join this unique qualification to become a leading, sought-after analyst and disseminator of critical health-related data.

WHAT IS IT LIKE?

Massey’s Master of Analytics (Health) will equip you with the technical and critical thinking skills needed to transform data into information that can be used as evidence for making policy development and business decisions within health-related industries.

This programme has a unique focus on learning how to utilise a multi-system, multi-sector approach to answering national-level health and wellbeing questions.

In demand by employers

This programme has been developed in conjunction with the health industry. It reflects the internationally increased focus on the analysis of big health data.There is a huge amount of data being collected in the health sector, but a gap remains in the shortage of qualified people to analyse and turn this into meaningful information that can be used to improve our health services and outcomes. Your new skills will be highly sought-after by a wide range of employers.

Progress your career

You may come from an information technology /data science background and have found yourself in a role in the health sector. Or you may be in a health-related role (or have a health-related qualification), but wish to gain in-depth skills in analysis of data. This qualification will help you gain the competencies you need to progress your career.

What will you learn?

You will gain a thorough understanding of the nature of the wider health and social context in order to identify the most appropriate problem to address. Then how to develop public health research methodology that produces meaningful results for health professionals. You will hone your critical thinking skills and be able to independently develop health-related research programmes . You will be able to project manage data, from collection through to clearly conveying complex ideas or results to a non-professional audience.

Privacy of data is a high-profile issue, especially in the health sector. Fundamental to the research work expected of MAnalyt (Health) graduates is an expectation that they understand the wider legal and ethical systems in which public health operates.

Real-world learning

In order to identify the most appropriate technique and data to address a problem, you need to understand the real challenges and context which health organisations face. At Massey we ensure that your learning is firmly based in a real-world business context including an industry-driven research project.

Let our expertise, become yours

The importance Massey University places on health is reflected in its status as the only university in New Zealand with a dedicated College of Health. You will learn from nationally and internationally recognised health research experts.

Latest theory and relevant, practical learning

The Master of Analytics (Health) will cover fundamental data analysis tools, including data mining, statistics, and econometrics. You will then learn how these tools are applied in a business specialisation of your choosing: marketing, finance, or supply chain management. In the last phase of study you will complete an applied analytics project, where the knowledge and skills you have learnt will be utilised to address a real-world problem in collaboration with an organisation, in this case, in the health industry.

Complete in a year

This qualification is a 180-credit programme, so can be completed in 12 months of full-time study, or over a longer period of part-time study. It consists of 120 credits of taught programmes and a 60 credit (six months full-time) Applied Analytics project.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Analytics will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

Careers

Internationally there is clear demand for people with specific health analytics skills. This is predicted to grow. 

Employment in the general workforce in New Zealand is predicted to grow by around 2% to 2018. Those in areas related directly to health analytics (e.g., ICT management, health services management, health analysts) are projected to grow by up to 5.3% and by 7.2% in Australia. 

In the US the number of jobs specifically seeking candidates with health analytics and informatics skills leapt 36% over 2007-2011.

Potential roles

After completing this qualification, potential roles include:

  • consultant
  • business analyst
  • investment specialist
  • customer insights officer
  • database analyst
  • business insight executive
  • supply management specialist.


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A unique qualification. Massey University offers the only quality management tertiary qualifications in Australasia. The Master of Quality Systems is unique in New Zealand. Read more

A unique qualification

Massey University offers the only quality management tertiary qualifications in Australasia.

The Master of Quality Systems is unique in New Zealand. The only graduate-level tertiary academic qualification in quality management throughout New Zealand and Australia, it will give you a career advantage in seeking positions related to quality management.

Gain from our experience

Massey staff have been teaching, training, consulting and researching in this area for over 25 years giving us a wide base of knowledge and experience across a range of sectors.

What will you learn?

This programme focuses on developing critical awareness of and expertise in the following areas:

  • quality management and its component aspects (inspection, quality control, assurance and continual improvement).
  • contemporary quality thinking and methods including ISO systems, statistical thinking, systems thinking, Business Excellence, lean and six sigma improvement.
  • the application of management theory to quality systems
  • ability to conduct self-directed research in an aspect of quality management theory or practice
  • research methods
  • management of people undertaking quality projects and the people-related aspects of quality programme implementation

Topics you will study include quality management, statistical methods for quality and six sigma performance improvement, service quality, quality in human resource management and supply chain systems analysis. A research methods course gives you the skills to undertake in-depth research, followed by your own in-depth research (thesis) on an area of interest to you. See ‘planning’ tab for detail on all courses.

Lecturer expertise

You will benefit from your lecturers’ real-world experience and continual involvement in research and academic debate around key quality issues. Award-winning, they are widely published in key international journals, including a staff member who is an associate editor of the international journal Total Quality Management and Business Excellence. Their experience includes senior roles in industries as varied as oil and gas, engineering, IT, the electrical utility industry, project management, nursing, health care, primary industries and of course quality assurance. 

Contemporary, relevant learning

You will gain an in-depth insight into the most recent thinking and related approaches in this area.

The Master of Quality Systems gives you a comprehensive understanding of the various functions that coexist and interrelate in a quality-systems oriented organisation. You will learn the tools and techniques used within the context of management and leadership of modern organisational systems.

Take less of your time

The Master of Quality Systems has reduced in 2015 from 240 credits to 180 credits. What this means is that you can now complete this qualification in 1.5 years of full-time study. The 180 credits incorporate the Post Graduate Diploma level qualification, which is a possible exit point after 120 credits are obtained. If you study part-time the qualification takes between 2.5 and five years.

Study from wherever you are

This programme is available via distance learning meaning that you can fit study towards this qualification around your work and lifestyle commitments.

Nationally-endorsed

This programme is endorsed by the New Zealand Organisation for Quality (NZOQ) and the UK Chartered Quality Institute (CQI)



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A unique qualification. No matter what industry you work in, this multi-disciplinary degree will give you in-depth understanding of communication principles and skills. Read more

A unique qualification

No matter what industry you work in, this multi-disciplinary degree will give you in-depth understanding of communication principles and skills. It is a unique qualification in New Zealand.

Massey’s Master of Communication will deepen your understanding of communication practice.

This is a unique qualification in New Zealand. You do not have to have a background in communication to complete this degree.

Our students come from a wide range of disciplines including arts, social sciences, law, education, design or health services. You may have found yourself in a work role with a communication aspect and you want better insights into the principles and practice of communication.

The Master of Communication will help you to advance your career and to understand better how to manage your role’s communication aspects.

Internationally-recognised

Massey University’s business and management studies ranks in the top 250 (by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) rankings). We are also ranked in the top 150 universities worldwide for business administration programmes by the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects.

Do communication research in a context relevant to you

The research project in this masters enables you to focus on a real-world communication challenge and combine different communication research approaches to develop a novel solution. You can draw on research approaches from public relations, expressive arts, communication management, marketing, linguistics, media studies or journalism studies, or create a bespoke research approach that includes supervision from a related discipline such as Maori studies, international relations or evaluation studies. Your learning will focus on practical, relevant outcomes for your career.

There are also opportunities to collaborate on a shared transdisciplinary research project with students and co-supervisors from the disciplines you may be working with in your job - such as quality management, emergency management or human resource management.. This will build your understanding of the practical connections between communication and related organisational functions.

You will graduate with an excellent grasp of research, analysis and problem-solving and know how to apply your knowledge to make a difference in your workplaces and community.

What will you learn

In the first segment of the programme you focus on studying the field of communication and its possibilities. This covers the history and theory of communication across different scholarly traditions (from both humanities and business) and industries.

In the second you choose a personalised experience from both ‘heartland’ courses relevant to your discipline - for instance advanced journalism issues, technology and cultural change, linguistics, media practice, advanced public relations or advanced marketing - and ‘sister disciplines’ such as quality management.

In the third segment of your programme you work on a research project of your choice that is relevant to your industry and discipline. For details see the ‘Planning’ area at the top right of this page.

Become a master, faster

The Master of Communication is 180 credits. This means that you can complete this qualification in three semesters of full-time study. We offer research supervision in the summer semester if you want to really fast-track your completion. If you study part-time the qualification usually takes between 2.5 and five years.

Multi-disciplinary

Massey offers you access to world-leading communication expertise across a broad range of specialisations, including media, humanities, business, organisational studies, social sciences, critical thinking and management. Massey’s Master of Communication enables you to pursue either organisational or creative approaches to communication, or combine these to become a well-rounded communication specialist.

A specialist communication university

We have the longest-running communication programme in New Zealand, the largest numbers of students in any university communication programme and the most options for communication-related study. Massey University’s graduates have a long-standing reputation for excellence in both theory and practice.

Our lecturers come from both academic and industry backgrounds, giving you the best of both worlds.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Communication will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

Our experts are there to guide but you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

Careers

Whether you are currently in a communication role, in a position that has a communication dimension, or would like to work in communications at a senior level, the Master of Communication can help you take your career to the next level.



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