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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At Massey you’ll be part of small, interactive classes where you can have close contact with your lecturer.
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.
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.
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.
A masters gives you a point of difference from your peers, many of whom graduate at an undergraduate level only.
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.
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.
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.
Go deeper into the world of engineering and investigate a topic of interest with the thesis-based Master of Engineering (ME). You'll learn to carry out independent research and further develop your abilities to think critically and creatively and write effectively. Graduate with a professional qualification that will be attractive to a range of employers both in New Zealand and overseas.
The ME is a one-year full-time programme but you can study it part time. You can choose to complete it by doing a 120-point thesis or by doing a 90-point thesis and 30 points of coursework.
Your ME may be endorsed with one of three subjects:
If you have a BE(Hons) degree with First or Second Class Honours or the equivalent, and want to carry out significant research that contributes to knowledge in the field, then the Master of Engineering is right for you.
Work with and learn from experts in the field who are constantly extending the boundaries of modern engineering knowledge. You'll be taught by staff who are actively engaged in cutting-edge research at New Zealand’s number one ranked research university.
The ME must normally be completed in 12 months of full-time study, or in two years if you're studying part time.
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 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.
Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships and networks with peers, university staff and future colleagues. You'll have opportunities to attend events, seminars, workshops and social functions.
The Postgraduate Students' Association can also give you information on study at Victoria and provides a voice for you on campus.
The technological know-how, problem solving and creativity you gain from the Master of Engineering will open up new opportunities for you in your career. You might find work in electronics, robot design or systems development. Other career options include hardware development, programming, software engineering, systems management or research.
The Master of Software Development is a one-year 180 point Master’s degree delivered through a combination of course work and an in-work (industry placement) research and development project.
It is a graduate programme designed to equip students from a range of backgrounds with an industry focused qualification that prepares them to develop real-world software-based systems.
The degree may appeal to graduates who are seeking employment in the IT industry.
The programme is made up of five courses which are a combination of taught courses and a large research and development project.
You’ll start by enrolling in the following courses before you tackle the research and development component project:
One year of full-time study.
Research and development project
You’ll be assessed based on your performance in the above courses. Entry into the research and development component requires a B- average or approval by the Head of School.