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Master of Science (Computer Science)

Course Description

This course will extend your prior knowledge and experience of computing and also prepare you for serious research, teaching and further graduate studies.

In addition to learning how to understand the fundamentals of computer architecture and organising, storing and retrieving data, you will learn how to identify software security problems in specialised client systems and to design effective countermeasures, based on the client requirements and priorities.

You will develop expertise in formal languages, the mathematical foundation of computability, and formal logic and systemic complexity, which may enhance your career prospects in a wide range of industry sectors, business and management.

Credit for previous study

Credits for recognised learning will be considered if you have successfully completed an honours or graduate diploma in this field of study.


This course is two years full-time for applicants with a bachelor degree in science or one year full-time for applicants with honours or a postgraduate diploma. You may choose to undertake intensive periods of course study or project work over the summer or vacation periods. To enrol in this course you will need to apply for the Master of Science – School of Science and Computing (308719) with a Computer Science major. You will graduate with a Master of Science (Computer Science).

2016 Curtin International Scholarships: Merit Scholarship

Curtin University is an inspiring, vibrant, international organisation, committed to making tomorrow better. It is a beacon for innovation, driving advances in technology through high-impact research and offering more than 100 practical, industry-aligned courses connecting to workplaces of tomorrow.

Ranked in the top two per cent of universities worldwide in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2015, the University is also ranked 25th in the world for universities under the age of 50 in the QS World University Rankings 2015 Curtin also received an overall five-star excellence rating in the QS stars rating.

Curtin University strives to give high achieving international students the opportunity to gain an internationally recognised education through offering the Merit Scholarship. The Merit Scholarship will give you up to 25 per cent of your first year tuition fees and if you enrol in an ELB program at Curtin English before studying at Curtin, you will also receive a 10 per cent discount on your Curtin English fees.

For full details and terms and conditions of this scholarship, please visit: curtin.edu/int-scholarships and click on Merit.

Visit the Master of Science (Computer Science) page on the Curtin University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must have a bachelor degree in science and have achieved competency in computer science or a related discipline to the level of second year tertiary study. Minimum English language entry requirements: IELTS Writing- 6.0, Speaking- 6.0, Reading- 6.0, Listening- 6.0, Overall band score- 6.5.

Course Fees

Australian/New Zealand: $26,900, International: $71,500

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