Master of Computer and Information Sciences

Research an area of your interest, advance your undergraduate degree, and explore the latest developments in computer and information sciences with the Master of Computer and Information Sciences.

Research topics range from interdisciplinary research to specialised topics within data mining, knowledge engineering, information systems, robotics, bioinformatics, health informatics, mobile applications, radio frequency identification (RFID), artificial intelligence, information security, computational astronomy, geocomputation or networking.

Many of our students work closely with one of our research institutes or labs for their research. Successful graduates are well prepared for PhD study.

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Minimum entry requirements

Must have completed the Bachelor of Computer and Information Sciences or an equivalent qualification with a B grade average or higher in level 7 courses.

International student entry requirements

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher; or equivalent

English language requirements

You take the core Course Research Methods, and complete either a research project or thesis under the guidance of an experienced academic supervisor. Your project or thesis may involve the creation of a software artefact. Enrolment in a thesis is subject to achieving at least a  B- average in coursework courses including a pass in Research Methods I and approval of research proposal.

The Master of Computer and Information Sciences enables you to focus on one of the discipline clusters below, or combine courses from different clusters.

Discipline clusters include

Artificial Intelligence and Knowledge Engineering

Including bioinformatics, health informatics, neuroinformatics, data mining and knowledge engineering, artificial intelligence, machine learning, nature-inspired computing and geocomputation.

Information Systems and Technology

Including data warehousing and big data, IT strategy and policy, ICT issues in the SME sector, eSystems design and development, visual information processing, information visualisation, human computer interaction.

Software Systems Engineering

Including usage centred design, software requirements engineering, software architecture, software development methods.

Complete the following course

And choose one of the following options

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Elective courses

*Enrolment subject to approval by the programme leader.

More details about courses in this programme

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Enrolment in courses is subject to meeting all requirements and availability of courses.

  • Chief information officer/Chief technology officer
  • Database architect
  • E-Commerce solutions architect
  • General manager IT
  • Integration architect
  • IT director/manager
  • Programme manager
  • Project director/manager/leader
  • Senior technical consultant
  • Software developer/architect
Rachel Takoar
Saba Samiei
Xingbin Cheng
Kan Wang
Quick facts
Programme code:
1.5 years full-time / part-time available
City Campus
27 Feb 2023
17 Jul 2023
$10,277 (for 120 points)
($9,203 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
$41,074 (for 120 points)
($40,000 tuition fees + $1074 student services levy)
  • Fees shown are based on a full-time workload for the points indicated next to the fee. The exact fee charged will depend on which courses you select at the time of enrolment.
  • Fees are subject to change year to year. If you are planning for study beyond the current year, fees may vary from those stated.
  • There may also be other fees and charges you need to pay.
  • International students' tuition fees reflect the full cost of tuition. Domestic students' tuition fees are less due to a proportion of the tuition fees being funded by the New Zealand Government.

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