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Master of Information Sciences (Research) - 861AA

Course Code: 861AA
Course Version: 2
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline(s): Academic Program Area - Technology
CRICOS Code: 055937G
Selection Rank: PG
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0

Master IT with a groundbreaking research project

If you already have a degree in information sciences, but are looking to take your research skills to the next level, this course lets you extend your knowledge and make valuable new contributions to the pioneering field of information technology (IT). You will undertake advanced coursework and research across a broad spectrum of engineering and IT-related areas, including statistics, business informatics, mathematics, information systems, network engineering, software engineering, artificial intelligence, and more.

Under the professional guidance of an expert supervisory panel, you will be introduced to research methodology, learn how to frame a research proposal and then prepare a formal thesis to be presented in seminar-form at the end of your study. Upon graduation, you will have a range of career and study choices available to you, such as entering the workforce as a job-ready network security engineer, software engineer, web application developer or project manager, or pursuing a PhD in research. As a Higher Degree by Research (HDR), this course is covered under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for domestic students for the standard duration of the course.

Study a Master of Information Sciences (Research) at UC and you will:

  • learn important research methodology and techniques
  • tailor your study program with the detailed support of expert academics
  • demonstrate your communication skills with the submission of a thesis and the presentation of a seminar. 

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is heavily embedded in both the coursework and thesis components of your course. A large proportion of your study will be practice-based and, during your research project, you will be closely mentored by a supervisory panel made up of industry professionals at the forefront of their field. You will also be encouraged to tailor your studies to suit either your previous employment experience or future career ambitions.

Career opportunities

  • Researcher
  • Software engineer
  • Network engineer
  • Web application developer
  • Network security engineer
  • Software and hardware programmer
  • Network and systems administrator
  • IT project manager
  • IoT (Internet of Things) specialist
  • ICT security engineer
  • Software and network engineering consultant
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning engineer

Course-specific information

To be eligible for admission, applicants must:

  • have a degree in information sciences (such as Bachelor of Business Informatics, Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Software Engineering, etc.) with an average grade of Credit or better; or
  • have a Master of Technology or equivalent with an average grade of Credit or better
  • evidence capacity for doing research at a master’s level.

Domestic students who are accepted on this course are provided for under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for the standard duration of the course. Once your RTP entitlement is consumed, you will be charged the annual fee rate that applied at the start of your degree. Further information on fees for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students can be found here.

Enquiries

Prospective Students - Domestic
E study@canberra.edu.au P 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226) W www.canberra.edu.au/future-students
Prospective Students - International
E international@canberra.edu.au P +61 2 6201 5342 F +61 2 6201 5040 W www.canberra.edu.au/future-students
Current and Commencing Students
Please contact the University Student Centre by Email student.centre@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1300 301 727

Admission Requirements

The entry requirements of the course are:
- a degree in information sciences (such as Bachelor of Business Informatics, Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Software Engineering) with an average grade of credit or better; or
- a Master of Technology or equivalent with an average grade of credit or better and evidence of capacity for doing research at the Masters level (as per Gold Book 3.4.4.1-2).

Assumed Knowledge

None.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Master of Information Sciences (Research) MInfSc (Research)

Alternate Exit Awards

Master of Engineering (Research)

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Research: The unit is research focused. Attendance at regular classes in not required, however on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.

To find out more about delivery modes that are available for units in this course please visit

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2020

$22,300

$27,800

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course based on a full time load. Domestic students should note that you are provided for under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for your fees for the standard duration of your course. Once your RTP entitlement is consumed, you will be charged the fee rate for the current year, noting that fees are indexed annually. Further information on fees for higher degree by research students can be found here.


Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Knowledge of the latest development in the relevant disciplines of information and communication technology, information systems, computer sciences, and network engineering, and being able to conduct research independently and/or work in a team. Analysis and enquiry
Working independently and with others
Solid foundation of the relevant theories and the basic principles relevant disciplines of information and communication technology, information systems, computer sciences, and network engineering; from the foundation to acquire up-to-date knowledge and skills in the future. Analysis and enquiry
Personal attributes: critical thinking, reflective practice, thriving in an environment of change
Communication skills in listening, reading, speaking, explaining, teaching, and writing from and to audiences of different backgrounds and papers of different scops and levels. Professionalism and social responsibility
Communication; Problem solving
Working independently and with others
Expertise and skills in research to test established theories against a body of knowledge in IT fields; expertise and skills in designing and testing hypothesis for problem solving and conducting research; expertise and skills in contributing new knowledge and skills to the IT fields. Analysis and enquiry
Problem solving
Personal attributes: critical thinking, reflective practice, thriving in an environment of change
Advanced knowledge of applying research methods in solving outstanding research problems and contribution of knowledge by publishing peer reviewed research papers. Analysis and enquiry
Communication; Problem solving
Personal attributes: critical thinking, reflective practice, thriving in an environment of change

Course Duration

Standard four semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum eight semesters.

Government Support

Year CSP Places Available Eligible for Student
Income Support (Centrelink)
2020 NO NO

Offerings

  • Past Offerings
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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