Focus on information technology
The Master of Information Sciences will give you in-depth knowledge and expertise in information technology.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
The course's main feature is the industry internship (FMCS596) paper which gives you industry experience for one whole semester. As an intern you will be mentored and supported by your employer and University supervisor, as you work on a real-world problem in an industry team setting.
The MInfoTech was developed as part of the Auckland ICT Graduate School, a joint initiative between the University of Waikato and the University of Auckland, to develop industry-ready ICT experts. The aim of the programme is to meet the explosive demand for highly-skilled network and data professionals, coders, system architects, web developers and other work-ready ICT professionals. Technology is the fastest growing sector in New Zealand and with a $1.3 trillion projected growth in the global ICT industry from 2013-2020, the MInfoTech prepares you to make the most of the significant opportunities available in this industry.
Our aim is to ensure you move beyond the classroom and into professional work situations with a full complement of employable IT skills.
The Postgraduate Certificate in Information Technology (PGCertInfoTech) provides the ideal pathway to the Master of Information Technology (MInfoTech).
Within the MInfoTech you may choose to specialise in:
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Students take 30 points from the following 15 point papers (this list may vary from year to year):
In addition, students will need to have a GIS component in the compulsory 60 point FCMS596 Computer Science Internship.
The Master of Professional Business Analysis is a conversion programme designed for graduates outside the ICT sector who want to become business analysts.
The Master of Professional Business Analysis (MBusAn) degree has been developed as a component of the Wellington ICT Graduate School created by Victoria University and its partners. The programme is closely linked with industry requirements and courses are offered with industry collaboration.
The Master of Professional Business Analysis (MBusAn) consists of 10 taught courses plus a project taken full-time over 12 months, starting in July (Trimester 2) of each year.
Courses in the first part of the programme are organised around seminars where students learn about the latest theoretical advances, and apply these to a case which mirrors the challenges and complexities of a real-world business.
In the second part of the programme, courses are organised as clinics and students work directly with industry partners in a workshop setting, examining real business problems, and the final project requires significant time working with an industry partner, under the supervision of an academic.
The Master of Professional Business Analysis is a 180-point degree consisting of ten 15-point courses and a 30-point project, as follows:
Part 1 Core business analysis courses (total 90 points)
Part 2 Business environment (total 45 points)
Part 3 Project and consulting skills (total 45 points)
Courses will be centred on practical problem-solving tasks, and typically will start with a problem described in a case or directly by an industry partner. The courses will enable students to apply the various concepts seen in the classroom to the industry problem during the trimester.
In addition, it is expected that the 30-point project, MBUA 532, will be used to build on the knowledge covered in the courses. Projects are seen as an "industry intensive period", enabling students to reflect on how the academic content can be applied to a complex situation.
The MBusAn programme seeks to provide capabilities to students to meet the shortage of skills observed in the ICT sector.
646KB according to the latest Tech Employer Insight Report (Absolute IT, March 2017), with 79% of tech employers planning to hire in the coming year and more than half planning pay increases for existing staff.
Globally, organizations and businesses are increasingly reliant on information technology. Key enterprise data and customer information are stored and shared, communications are made, and transactions between customers, banks, and partners are completed.
Because of the volume and importance of enterprise data that is stored and shared electronically, the defence against ever-evolving cybercrimes has become extremely costly in both the private and public sectors.
It’s estimated by the New Zealand National Cyber Security Centre that cyber-attacks on New Zealand computers and networks have more than doubled in five years. The global cost of cyber-crime has been put at $600 billion a year.
Organisations now seek skilled professionals who have both technical and managerial skill-sets and who can lead teams of technologists to develop and implement security policies and procedures in the defence against cyber threats and can also monitor and audit enterprise information systems.
There is an immediate need in the economy for IT security management professionals. IT Security Specialist is listed on both the Skilled Occupations and Long term skills shortage list by Immigration New Zealand.
The NMIT Post-Graduate Diploma in IT Security Management has been developed by staff with experience in international IT security and digital forensics programmes. It’s aimed at undergraduates seeking a pathway into IT work or people already working in the IT sector looking for a move into managerial roles.
This programme is designed to provide students with skills needed to bridge the gap that often exists between enterprise managers and the technical aspects of IT security in the modern digital and internetconnected environment.
The Programme content is applied in focus and is targeted at job-ready skill acquisition. Using a balance of practical work, case studies and theory, the courses prepare students with effective communication and project management knowledge for innovative and effective leadership in crucial areas of IT security. The programme also lays the foundations of research skills which are relevant to IT security and to further postgraduate-level study.
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Take your Honours degree or Postgraduate Diploma to the next level with a Master of Commerce (MCom). You'll take an in-depth look at an issue through completing a research thesis, gaining advanced knowledge of your subject area and thorough training in independent research.
Once complete, you'll have the tools and capabilities you need for a career in business or public policy. You'll also be able to apply for PhD study in New Zealand or overseas.
This 120-point programme will take you 12 months to complete full time, or one and a half to two years part time. You must take at least 90 points of research. This means you'll complete a research thesis made up of a literature review, data collection and analysis, and your findings. A thesis is usually 30,000–40,000 words.
If you are studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students will need to do around 20–24 hours of work a week so make sure you take this into account if you are working.
At the end of your Master's you can choose to continue your research and apply to do a PhD.
Make the move into higher-level study with a degree that combines the variety and structure of classroom-based courses with opportunities for research.
You'll be able to expand your expertise in one of nine subjects while taking advantage of the flexibility to study courses across a range of commerce disciplines.
Build on your Bachelor's degree to enhance your career options in business, management and government with advanced study at Victoria Business School.
Victoria Business School is among a small group of business schools worldwide that hold the 'Triple Crown' of international business education accreditations. You can be confident your qualification will stand up against the best around the world.
If you are studying full time, you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 24–28 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working full time.
You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you'll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10–12 hours work.
This 180-point programme will take you three to four trimesters of full-time study. If you’re studying part time it usually takes six trimesters.
Want to make a real difference to society? With the Master of Security and Crime Science, you will develop the skills required to become a leader in the security, intelligence and crime-prevention areas in the public and private sectors.
You will combine skills from different disciplines such as Statistics, Computer Science, Geographic Information Systems, Population Studies, Psychology and Management. You'll develop analytical and creative methods to tackle real-world crime, and improve security in an ever-changing society.
This degree will provide a pathway to a career in policy development, crime or accident detection and analysis in both the public and private sectors. The skills you gain from the degree will enable you to promote and enhance security and community safety.
The Master of Security and Crime Science is the first of its kind in New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region, lead by the New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science (NZISCS). The Institute is the primary research partner for the New Zealand Police, and a partner at the Evidence Based Policing Centre in Wellington. Papers and research topics will be delivered by world-leading researchers in psychology, statistics, artificial intelligence including machine learning, cyber security, political science, economics, management, law, education, Māori and indigenous development, and demographic research.
In collaboration with the New Zealand Police, students and researchers investigated drug abuse intervention, developed software to help police monitor offenders on bail, invented new methods to research burglary offences, researched sex abuse attitudes amongst school age children, and optimised traffic patrolling. The Masters degree requires students to investigate and tackle real security and crime problems in collaboration with public and private partners.
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.
The MSc(Research) normally takes two years of full-time study to complete, but you have the option to complete on a part-time basis. In the first year you will complete 120 points of taught papers with the second year 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.
The University of Waikato’s School of Science is home to a suite of well-equipped, world-class laboratories. You will have the opportunity to use complex research equipment and facilities such as NMR spectroscopy, DNA sequencing and the University of Waikato Herbarium.
The computing facilities at the University of Waikato are among the best in New Zealand, ranging from phones and tablets for mobile application development to cluster computers for massively parallel processing. Students majoring in Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics will have 24 hour access to computer labs equipped with all the latest computer software.
You will spend more time putting theory into practice in the laboratories and out in the field. Smaller class sizes in taught papers mean more one-on-one time with renowned academics.
The University of Waikato also boasts excellent industry collaborations with organisations such as NIWA, AgResearch, Plant and Food Research and Landcare Research. These strong relationships generate numerous research projects for MSc(Research) students, who are able to work on real issues with a real client.
Students enrolling in an (MSc(Research) via the Faculty of Science & Engineering can study Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Electronics, Environmental Sciences, Materials and Processing, Physics or Psychology.