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MSc(Tech) - Computer Science as a main subject

The Master of Science (Technology) is a unique degree that allows students to complete a relevant, real-world research project in combination with an industry partner or other external stakeholder.

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: 180
Start Dates: Trimester A (March) and Trimester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $7,325-$8,085 per year
Fees (International): $35,545 per year
Entry Requirements: Postgraduate International
Area of Study:
*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

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Prescriptions for the PGCert(CompSc), PGDip(CompSc), PGDip(CyberSec), BSc(Hons), MCS, MSc, MSc(Res) 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 only for the PGCertInfoTech and the 240 point MInfoTech.

The papers CSMAX570, CSMAX596 and RPLCR570 are available only for the MInfoTech.

The papers COMPX520 and COMPX577 are normally available only for 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, COMPX519, COMPX527, LEGAL526, and one of COMPX513, COMPX514 or COMPX515.

Enrolment in papers towards the BSc(Hons) is only by invitation of the Head of School. 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, COMPX519, COMPX527, either COMPX592 or COMPX593, LEGAL526, and one of COMPX513, COMPX514 or COMPX515. Students admitted into the 120 point Master of Cyber Security will be given appropriate waivers on the compulsory papers based on the 500 level study completed prior to admittance.

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 Advisor of the Department of Computer Science.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
COMPX502Cryptography15.021A (Hamilton)
An introduction to cryptographic methods.
COMPX513Topics in Computer Networks15.021B (Hamilton)
One or more special topics in computer networks, at an advanced level.
COMPX515Security for Advanced Networks15.021B (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 Security15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the key topics in the important field of cyber security. It will cover various aspects of defensive, offensive and preventative security. Selective topics from a wide range, such as security vulnerabilities, secure software, intrusion detection and prevention, cryptography, applied cryptography, authentication...
COMPX519Malware Analysis and Penetration Testing15.021B (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.
COMPX520Dissertation45.021D (Hamilton), 21I (Hamilton) & 21X (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 School Office).
COMPX521Advanced Machine Learning15.021A (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 Mining15.021A (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 Security15.021B (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 Systems15.021B (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 self protection.
COMPX532Information Visualisation15.021A (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 Engineering15.021A (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 Issues15.021A (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.
COMPX544Applied Computational Methods15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper explores numerical methods with applications to real world problems. A variety of classes of problems will be introduced, and appropriate numerical methods for each will be explored. Each problem will be solved by writing code from scratch. Aspects of parallel methods will also be introduced.
COMPX552Model Checking15.021A (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 Programming15.021A (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 Models15.021B (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.
COMPX555Bioinformatics15.021B (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 Algorithms15.021B (Hamilton)
Metaheuristic are stochastic search algorithms for solving massive scale combinatorial problems where exact algorithms do not exist. This paper explores the state-of-the-art metaheuristics such as GRASP, particle swarm optimisation, and parallel metaheuristics, along with their applications in operations research, science and engin...
COMPX560Turing Topics in Computer Science15.021X (Hamilton)
One or more special topics in computer science, at an advanced level.
COMPX568Programming for Industry30.021A (Hamilton) & 21X (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 Technologies30.021A (Hamilton) & 21X (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 Tools and Techniques15.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (Hamilton)
A paper in programming techniques applicable to a range of research applications in Computer Science.
COMPX576Programming Project15.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (Hamilton)
A paper where research programming techniques are applied to a specific (elective) field in Computer Science.
COMPX577Report of an Investigation15.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (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.
COMPX585Preparation for Research in Computer Science15.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (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.
COMPX591Dissertation30.021I (Hamilton) & 21X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
COMPX592Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
COMPX593Computer Science Thesis90.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
COMPX594Computer Science Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
CSMAX570Preparing for the ICT Internship15.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (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 Internship60.021A (Block), 21B (Block), 21C (Block) & 21X (Block)
This internship enables the development of practical knowledge and hands-on experience through a supervised internship in the IT industry.
ENGEE531Advanced Signal Processing15.021A (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 Projects15.021A (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 Systems15.021X (Block)
Automated GIS, using programming or scripts, are extremely powerful compared to the 'point and click' environment, and are the most practical method for the spatial analysis of large data sets. GIS professionals are expected have the skills to write their own scripts, as well as execute and manipulate existing scripts. In this pape...
GEOGY548Advanced Geographic Information Systems Modelling15.021X (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. This paper is required for the graduate spec...
GEOGY558Applied Geographic Information Systems for Research and Planning15.021A (Hamilton)
GIS is used widely in a range of industries and government agencies, and graduates competent in GIS are sort after for employment. This paper is designed as an introduction to GIS for graduate students and is co-taught with GEOGY328. It covers all aspects of GIS analysis, including remote sensing and model building. ArcGIS Pro is u...
LEGAL526Legal Aspects of Cyber Security30.021A (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 Setting15.021A (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  Open

For students who have completed at least one year of study in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences in the year of tenure and have applied for a University of Waikato exchange programme. By clicking on 'Apply Now' below, students will be taken to a list of possible exchange universities, and can then choose to apply once they have read further.
Closing Date: 15 Jan 2021

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 practical exam, which will be held on 17 October 2020.

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.

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