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Computer Science, M.Sc.

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  • 24 months
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University rank #227 (QS) Christchurch, New Zealand
When people think of Computer Science at University of Canterbury they often just think of programming, but there are many more aspects to the field including communications and networks, software engineering, interaction design, computer security, graphics, operating systems, educational systems, artificial intelligence and embedded systems.
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Overview

All of these areas are experiencing rapid growth both in New Zealand and internationally and there is a strong demand for Computer Science graduates at University of Canterbury.Computer Science is about helping people do their work efficiently and effectively by analysing needs and constructing appropriate solutions. It provides a step beyond programming, and is about knowing how to design systems that are fast, usable, reliable, secure, scalable and make a positive impact on society and our environment. Computer Science students learn techniques to tackle these challenges for applications as diverse as monitoring the condition of patients in hospitals to designing educational games for smart phones.

Career 

There is a strong demand for graduates who are qualified in Computer Science, particularly those who combine technical skills with good communication skills and teamwork ability. Canterbury's leading-edge IT sector is facing a shortage of qualified graduates, meaning that UC-qualified Computer Science graduates are in high demand.Many employment opportunities exist with organisations that run large computer-based systems, such as finance companies, airline industries, government departments, state-owned enterprises, consulting companies, and computer organisations themselves. Work with these organisations often involves international travel opportunities. Many of our students start up their own software companies, and end up being employers rather than employees.Apart from a professional career in computing, a degree in Computer Science can be used as a good basis for a career in the many areas in which computer systems are applied. Graduates are employed in fields including education, computer forensics, embedded systems and computer graphics, and in a variety of positions including software engineer, programmer, analyst, computer consultant, webmaster, internet developer, GIS analyst, games developer and computing tutor.

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Introduction to Computer Programming 
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  •  Mathematics IA

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    It is recommended to apply as early as possible in advance of your intended start date, to allow for visa and other arrangements. 

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    240 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    575

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General Requirements

  • If you have very good results in NCEA programming and computer science (or IB/Cambridge equivalent), you can apply to join an advanced ('overdrive') class. Students with outstanding achievement in NCEA (or IB/Cambridge) and who have completed the Computer Science STAR programme can be considered for direct entry into second-year Computer Science courses, with a view to completing an honours degree in three years.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24668 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24668 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    4840 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4840 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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  • National Students - 7,535 NZD
  • International Students - 38,400 NZD

Living costs for Christchurch

  • 1300 - 2000 NZD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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Student loans and allowances

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Overseas financial aid

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