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Computer Science

Postgraduate Major


Computer Science Major (MSc Science)


Extend your computing knowledge, and develop expertise in the mathematical foundation of computability.

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Learn to apply your studies to real industry challenges and situations.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021.

Computer science is fundamentally about applying computing theory to information processes. 

Computer network professionals research, analyse and recommend strategies for networking architecture and development. They implement, manage, maintain and configure network hardware and software; monitor and optimise performance; troubleshoot and provide user support. 

They are responsible not only for finding ways to do things faster and with a better user experience, but also for ensuring information is protected for both privacy and security reasons. 

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

In addition to learning about 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 countermeasures based on client requirements and priorities. 

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

This major sits within the Master of Science (Science) degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Master of Science (Science).

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information. 

Why study

  • Our computer scientists continue to be engaged in high profile research on artificial intelligence and computer vision
  • Further enhance your skills and knowledge by working on highly relevant projects (such as surveillance) under the guidance of academics with well-established research profiles.

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate knowledge of advanced computer science concepts and principles
  • think critically, creatively and reflectively to generate innovative algorithms and techniques to solve complex problems via a major project
  • locate, extract and critically appraise relevant evidence and scientific literature in relation to computer science at an advanced level and the role of philosophy of science, research methodologies and history in the scientific research process
  • communicate effectively in language appropriate to the discipline of computer science in both the oral and written word as demonstrated by the production of a large and detailed project report
  • use advanced, established and emerging technologies in the field of computer science; gain a high level of understanding of the newly developing areas of computing technology and those areas that have recently gained prominence
  • demonstrate at an advanced level the ability to be self-motivated and self-directed lifelong learners, keeping up to date with recent developments in computer science and related computing technology
  • understand and appreciate the global nature and impact of computer science and the international standards of practice that are relevant to their profession
  • appreciate the importance of cultural diversity and individual human rights and how these impact on the computer science profession
  • work both as an independent computer scientist and within teams, either as a professional leader or a collaborator, using effective problem solving and decision making skills in an ethical manner

Admission criteria

A recognised bachelor degree in science, with competency in computer science or a related discipline to the level of second year tertiary study.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5
  • Pearson Test of English Academic: 60
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): 176

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Other requirements and notes for this course

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).

In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Webform: Submit here

Curtin Connect: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Please view the Master of Science (Science) degree for indicative fees.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice

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  • Curtin course code: MJRP-CMSCM
  • Last updated on: 17/08/2022