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Master of Computing MCOP

Program focus

This program provides students with the opportunity to add to
their knowledge and skills obtained in an undergraduate program in
computing. This will be accomplished by students undertaking coursework
of a different type or at a higher level than in their undergraduate
program. In addition, students studying the Master of Computing will
undertake a four-unit project, and research training to qualify them
for PhD studies.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available


1.5 years full-time, 3 years part-time, 4.5 years

Professional accreditation

This program is accredited at Professional level by the Australian
Computer Society and, through the Seoul Accord, is recognised in other

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Program objectives

The general objective of the Master of Computing is to produce
graduates who possess high-level skills in computing theory, practice
and research, who are attractive to employers, and are able to contribute
to an appropriate professional body. Graduates will be able to pursue
further studies, such as a Doctor of Philosophy, will be able to contribute to the discipline of computing, take
advantage of research literature, and have an understanding of how
to undertake their own research.

Graduates will be able to:

  • design, manage and develop complex software systems in an effective

  • understand a broad range of topics in theoretical computer science

  • undertake a study of the literature in an area of computer science
    and make an assessment of that area

  • apply theoretical concepts from computer science to appropriate
    computing problems

  • identify computing problems requiring further research and develop
    research methods for those problems.

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Program structure

To be eligible for the award of Master of Computing, each student
is required to complete at least eight units of coursework and a four-unit
research project. Any courses completed as part of an undergraduate
program for which an award has been given, will not attract credit
for the Master of Computing. Exemptions or credit for previous study
will not be permitted except for incomplete studies.

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Exit points

Students enrolled in this Master's program who wish to exit
without completing the program may be awarded the Graduate Diploma
of Advanced Computing (GDAC) if they have completed, in accordance
with the requirements of the Master of Computing, at least eight units
or the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Computing (GCAC) if they have
completed, in accordance with the requirements of the Master of Computing,
at least four units.

PhD program entry requirements

Students wishing to enrol in the USQ Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
program may satisfy the entry requirements for that program in one
of the following two ways:

  • Complete the Master of Computing, and achieve a GPA of 5.5 or

  • Exit the MCOP via the Graduate Diploma of Advanced Computing
    (GDAC) having completed 4 level 8 courses and 4 units of research
    with a GPA of 6.5 or higher.

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