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Master's degree

Professional Master of Computer Science

PMCS
09 October 2023

UC's Professional Master of Computer Science (PMCS) offers practical learning in the rapidly advancing area of computer technologies. Learn more about studying a PMCS through our Te Kaupeka Pūtaiao | Faculty of Science.

DURATION

Professional Master of Computer Science

Degree Structure - Duration
1 year full-time

START

Professional Master of Computer Science

Degree Structure - Start In
Semester 1 (February)

POINTS

180

TUITION FEES

2024 tuition fees estimate per 180 points:

  • Domestic — $13,736
  • International — $63,300

Overview


Professional Master of Computer Science

Introduction

The Professional Master of Computer Science (PMCS) offers practical learning in the rapidly advancing area of computer technologies in need of skilled graduates.

This one-year master’s degree focuses on applied learning to independently design, implement, and maintain open-ended computing projects using the latest programming theories and software.

UC’s programme will prepare you for professional industry practice, or high-level research in computing theory.


Professional Master of Computer Science

Professional Master of Computer Science

Why Study - Body

Why study a Professional Master of Computer Science at UC?

  • The PMCS degree includes a significant amount of hands-on work, including an advanced project in computing that will provide highly relevant workplace experience.
  • Flexible learning opportunities will allow you to take courses in subject areas outside of computer science to broaden your career options – for example in health technologies, business systems, statistical analysis, etc.
  • UC is acknowledged as a leader in Computer Science education in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is the home of the award-winning Computer Science Unplugged project, and the internationally recognised Intelligent Computer Tutoring group. Several members of staff have awards for their work as computer science educators.
  • UC is highly engaged with the local industry, being located in Waitaha Canterbury – the 'Silicon Plains' of Aotearoa, where there are dozens of large, hi-tech companies employing UC graduates. Further afield, our graduates are in demand overseas and many come up with an idea for a product while studying, going on to become business owners and employers themselves.

Professional Master of Computer Science

Entry Requirements - Body

Entry requirements

To enrol in the Professional Master of Computer Science, you will need to have completed a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualification) with a background in a computer sciences subject (eg, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering), with either a B Grade Point Average in your 300-level courses or experience working in the field.

If English is your additional language, you are also required to meet UC's English language requirements.

For the full entry requirements, see the Regulations for the Professional Master of Computer Science or use the admission requirements checker.

How to apply

You can enrol online at myUC.

See Admission and enrolment for all information on enrolling at UC.

Professional Master of Computer Science

Subjects and Courses - Body

Subjects and courses

Elective courses

Choose up to 120 points from the following options (excluding project or research thesis courses):

You may choose to include a maximum of 30 points in your total 120 from the following (excluding project or research thesis courses):

Professional Master of Computer Science

Further Study - Body

Further study

You may choose to go onto the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer Science after completing this degree and contribute new research to the field.

Professional Master of Computer Science

Career - Body

Career opportunities

Computing and ICT has consistently been listed on the long-term skills shortage list, which means there are a number of career opportunities for graduates with recognised experience in practical computing applications.

Almost all areas of industry require IT expertise, from website design to database administration, software development to embedded systems, leading to a wide range of possibilities and freedom to pursue your interests.

UC’s professional master’s programme demonstrates that you have work-ready project skills from concept to launch, and are ready to be a part of digital innovation.

Useful information:

2024 tuition fees estimate (per 180 points):

  • Domestic — $13,736
  • International — $63,300

2023 tuition fees estimate (per 180 points):

  • Domestic — $13,362
  • International — $61,500

SSL estimate (per 180 points):

  • 2024 — $1375.50 (capped at 150 points per academic year)
  • 2023 — $1240.50 (capped at 150 points per academic year)

Professional Master of Computer Science

Degree Structure - Body

How do I plan my degree?

The Professional Master of Computer Science is made up of 180 total points, with 120 points made up from a list of elective courses, and a 60-point project.

The project course takes place during the second-half of the year and includes designing, building, and testing of an advanced computer science application.

The degree can be completed in 1 year full-time, or within 3 years part-time.

For full requirements, see the Regulations for the Professional Master of Computer Science.

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