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MSc(Research) - Computer Science as a main subject

The Master of Science (Research) is an internationally-recognised qualification, suitable for students who want a complete research experience, coupled with taught papers.

Computer Science is rapidly changing the world we live in. Studying Computer Science at the University of Waikato, you'll learn about software systems and how people and computers interact. You’ll also learn how to create new software, and ensure it's easy for people to use.


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Key information

Years: 1 - 1.5
Points: 120 - 180
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,325-$8,085 per year
Fees (International): $34,930 per year
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
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*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Web Architect
  • Business Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Network Architect
  • Computer Animator
  • Mobile App Master
  • Data Miner
  • Usability Architect

Degree Planner

Prescriptions for the PGCert(CompSc), PGDip(CompSc), PGDip(CyberSec), BSc(Hons), MCS, MSc, MSc(Research) and MSc(Tech)

The papers ENGME585 and LEGAL526 would not normally be considered papers in the subject of Computer Science.

The papers COMPX568 and COMPX569 are available for only the PGCertInfoTech and the 240 point MInfoTech. The papers CSMAX570, CSMAX596, and RPLCR570 are available for only the MInfoTech. The papers COMPX577 and COMPX520 are normally available for only the BCMS and BCMS(Hons) degrees, respectively.

To complete a PGCert(CompSc), students must complete 60 points at 500 level consisting of 60 points from papers listed in the subject of Computer Science.

To complete a PGDip(CompSc), students must complete 120 points at 500 level including at least 90 points from papers listed in the subject of Computer Science.

To complete a PGDip(CyberSec), students must complete 120 points at 500 level including COMPX518, COMPX527, LEGAL526, and COMPX514 or other approved paper.

Enrolment in papers towards the BSc(Hons) is only by invitation of the Chairperson. To complete a BSc(Hons) in Computer Science, students must complete 120 points at 500 level, including at least 60 points from the papers listed in the subject of Computer Science, of which at least 30 points must be in research (normally COMPX591).

The compulsory papers for the Master of Cyber Security degree are COMPX518, COMPX527, either COMPX592 or COMPX593, LEGAL526, COMPX514 or other approved paper.

To complete an MSc in Computer Science, students admitted under section 2(a) of the MSc regulations must complete 180 points at 500 level including COMPX592 and at least 60 points from papers listed in the subject of Computer Science.

To complete an MSc (Research) in Computer Science, students admitted under section 2(a) of the MSc (Research) regulations must complete 180 points at 500 level consisting of COMPX594 and 60 points from papers listed in the subject of Computer Science.

To complete an MSc(Tech) in Computer Science, students admitted under section 2(a) of the MSc(Tech) regulations must complete 180 points at 500 level consisting of COMPX593, 30 points of professional practice papers and 60 points from papers listed in the subject of Computer Science.

Candidates for these graduate qualifications should select their papers in consultation with the Graduate Adviser of the Department of Computer Science.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
COMPX502Cryptography20A (Hamilton)
An introduction to cryptographic methods.
COMPX513Topics in Computer Networks20B (Hamilton)
One or more special topics in computer networks, at an advanced level.
COMPX514Carrier and ISP Networks20B (Hamilton)
One or more special topics in computer communications, at an advanced level.
COMPX515Security for Advanced Networks20B (Hamilton)
Networks have evolved considerable in the last decade, leading to new technologies. Changes in the attack surface make network security a permanent concern. Novel approaches to protect them are required.
COMPX518Cyber Security20A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the key topics in the important field of cyber security. It will cover a range of topics relating to defensive security (e.g. malware analysis, social engineering, intrusion detection and prevention), offensive security (e.g. pen testing, Web app security) and preventative security (e.g. cryptography, applied ...
COMPX519Malware Analysis and Penetration Testing20B (Hamilton)
This paper goes through two important aspects of Cyber Security. It first covers the defensive security techniques of malware analysis and then examines the offensive security techniques of penetration testing.
COMPX520Dissertation20D (Hamilton), 20I (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
A directed study investigation and report on an approved project or study topic under the supervision of a lecturer. Student's should obtain the lecturer's approval and signature on an enrolment sheet (available from the Department of Computer Science office).
COMPX521Advanced Machine Learning20A (Hamilton)
This paper exposes students to more advanced topics in machine learning. Rule induction, numeric prediction, clustering and state-of-the-art ensemble learning methods are among the topics covered.
COMPX523Data Stream Mining20A (Hamilton)
Data streams are everywhere, from F1 racing over electricity networks to news feeds. Data stream mining relies on and develops new incremental algorithms that process streams under strict resource limitations.
COMPX527Cloud Computing Technologies and Security20B (Hamilton)
This paper explores cloud computing's underlying enabling technologies (e.g. virtualisation) and business models. It also covers key research topics in cloud computing security, trust and data privacy.
COMPX529Engineering Self-Adaptive Systems20B (Hamilton)
Software needs to manage itself to fullfill dynamic requirements in a changing environment. Self-adaptive software is currently employed in clouds, networks, IoT, autonomous robots, etc. Adaptation challenges include self-configuration, self-optimization, self-healing and selfprotection.
COMPX532Information Visualisation20A (Hamilton)
This paper aims to provide an awareness of the potential offered by information visualisation techniques, a familiarity with the underlying concepts, and an understanding and ability to effectively design and apply information visualisations in a given context.
COMPX539Usability Engineering20B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the design and evaluation of interactive computer systems with a focus on user studies. Topics covered include: scenarios, ethnography, designing and performing user studies, and ethical issues involved in studying human-computer interaction.
COMPX542Web Search: Technical and Social Issues20A (Hamilton)
This paper covers the operation of web search engines, the development of web spam and techniques for combating it, and social issues raised by centralised search engines.
COMPX552Model Checking20A (Hamilton)
This paper shows how reactive systems can be modelled and analysed using finite-state machines and temporal logic, and how model checking tools can be used to verify crucial properties of safety-critical systems. It also provides an introduction into the algorithms and data structures used to model check very large finite-state sys...
COMPX553Extremely Parallel Programming20A (Hamilton)
This paper covers advanced parallel programming for large-scale parallelism. A variety of programming techniques will be covered, with application to cluster computers, GPU computing, many-core computing and cloud computing.
COMPX554Specification Languages and Models20B (Hamilton)
This paper deals with various aspects of modelling systems using advanced best practice methods from the software engineering field. It will introduce at least one of the main software modelling languages, Z, including its semantics, logic and associated tools.
COMPX555Bioinformatics20B (Hamilton)
An introduction to bioinformatics, open to students majoring in computer science or biology. It includes an overview of molecular biology, genomics, script language programming, algorithms for biological data, an introduction to machine learning and data mining, and relevant statistical methods.
COMPX556Metaheuristic Algorithms20B (Hamilton)
This paper explores common metaheuristic algorithms such as simulated annealing and genetic algorithms, and their application in areas such as finance, engineering and science.
COMPX560Turing Topics in Computer Science20X (Hamilton)
One or more special topics in computer science, at an advanced level.
COMPX568Programming for Industry20A (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
An examination of object-oriented programming and design. Key principles of object-oriented programming: typing, encapsulation, inheritance, polymorphism and composition. Fundamental object-oriented modelling and design techniques. Students will develop application software of reasonable complexity that draws on object-oriented lan...
COMPX569Programming with Web Technologies20A (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
An examination of developing web-based applications. Client-side technologies: HTML, CSS and Javascript. Server-side technologies to support dynamic Web pages and data access. Fundamental relational database concepts and design techniques. Principles of Web-application design. HCI considerations and mobile clients.
COMPX575Programming for Research 120A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
A paper in programming techniques applicable to a range of research applications in Computer Science.
COMPX576Programming for Research 220A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
A paper where research programming techniques are applied to a specific (elective) field in Computer Science.
COMPX577Report of an Investigation20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
A directed study involving the design, implementation and testing of the solution to a hardware and/or software engineering problem and production of a formal report.
COMPX585Research in Computer Science 120A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
A paper about how to plan, conduct and report research in the field of computer science, in which students gain skills in and understanding of reading and critiquing research materials, planning research projects and developing research proposals, carrying out literature surveys, and writing research papers.
COMPX586Research in Computer Science 220A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
A paper that puts into practice core research skills to plan, conduct and report research in a specific (elective) field of computer science.
COMPX591Dissertation20I (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
COMPX592Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
COMPX593Computer Science Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
COMPX594Computer Science Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
CSMAX570Preparing for the ICT Internship20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
This paper will enable learners to develop the key soft and transferable skills and competencies important to be work-ready and prepared for the internship component of the Master of Information Technology (MInfoTech) programme at FCMS. These skills and competencies will be primarily developed through a software development projec...
CSMAX596Computer Science Internship20A (Block), 20B (Block) & 20X (Block)
This internship enables the development of practical knowledge and hands-on experience through a supervised internship in the IT industry.
ENGEE531Advanced Signal Processing20A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces advanced methods for digitally processing signals. It covers signal transforms with applications in 1D and 2D, principles and practical methods of digital filter design, statistical signal processing.
ENGEE580Mechatronic Projects20A (Hamilton)
The paper brings together electronic, programming, and mechanical skills into projects where real-time systems are designed, constructed, and demonstrated. Timing of actuators and sensor inputs from fastest to slowest limits of a real-time controller imparts an appreciation of scheduling what is possible in any given mechatronic pr...
GEOGY538Automated Spatial Analysis using Geographic Information Systems20X (Block)
Automated techniques are the most practical method for the spatial analysis of large data sets. In this paper, students are introduced to program scripts for automated GIS analysis, which is extremely powerful compared to the 'point and click' environment, and is an area of expertise expected of GIS experts. An important part of th...
GEOGY548Advanced Geographic Information Systems Modelling20X (Block)
This paper provides a close examination of contemporary GIS modelling. GIS is used for a range of applications and in this paper students gain practical experience and understanding of many of these. Students are given the opportunity to develop GIS models in their choice of application.
GEOGY558Applied Geographic Information Systems for Research and Planning20A (Hamilton)
This paper is designed as an introduction to GIS for graduate students. Students learn about the use of GIS for spatial analysis and cartographic visualisation. Students gain 'hand on' experience with GIS laboratory exercises and undertake a graduate-level GIS project in an application of their choice.
LEGAL526Legal Aspects of Cyber Security20A (Hamilton)
This paper explores the legal aspects of cyber security and cyber crime, by analysing selected legislation and case law relevant to the area of cyber security. The paper covers the ethical and legal boundaries of rights and liability of security professionals.
RPLCR570Recognition of Prior Learning - Professional Learning in an ICT Setting20A (Hamilton)
This paper allows students to submit a portfolio for assessment for recognition of prior learning undertaken in a professional ICT setting, for credit towards the Master of Information technology within the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences.

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

CMS International Exchange Scholarship  Closed

For students who have completed at least one year of study in the Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences, applied for a University of Waikato exchange programme, and who will be enrolled full-time in FCMS in the year of tenure.

Computer Science Undergraduate Scholarship  Closed

For students who are currently in Year 12 or Year 13 at a New Zealand secondary school. Candidates must be intending to enrol full-time in a BCMS(Hons), BSc, BSc(Tech), BE(Hons) or BDes degree, in one of the computing streams, at the University of Waikato. Candidates will sit a Scholarship exam, which will be held on 25 and 26 October 2019.

Sir William Gallagher Cyber Security Scholarship  Closed

For students intending to enrol full-time in the Master of Cyber Security. The successful applicant will be required to enrol in either COMPX592, COMPX593 or COMPX594 and undertake an industry-based research project with Gallagher. International students must have completed at least 120 points of study at a NZ university in order to be eligible to apply for this Scholarship.

Smartrak Software Development Scholarship  Closed

For students enrolled full time in the second to last year of study towards a BE(Hons) majoring in software engineering or a BCMS with a focus on software development or a BSc(Tech) majoring in computer science with an emphasis on software development. The scholarship will have a value of $4,000.

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