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Master of Information Sciences

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On-Campus

Level of Study

Master's Degree

Duration

1.5 years

Next start date

Expected

Summary

The Master of Information Sciences will give you in-depth knowledge and expertise in a range of topics within the area of information sciences.

In the Master of Information Sciences you will study several topics in depth and explore how best to apply your new knowledge and some new technologies.

Studying towards your master’s is a satisfying and challenging process that will give you a sought-after postgraduate qualification. If you want to gain a more detailed understanding of an area of study, either for interest, or to perhaps move up the hierarchy in your career, you should consider this qualification.

During your study you will learn how to apply problem-solving and analytical thinking skills to the analysis of, and solutions to, complex computing problems in areas such as:

  • machine learning
  • computer vision
  • system security
  • user interface design
  • data science and analytics.

The professional practice project is an important part of this master’s (unless you convert to the research thesis). You will spend one semester working full time on your project. You could have the opportunity to get involved in projects for real companies on real issues that they wish to solve. This can lead to employment with the company concerned and also adds substantial value to your resume when you are seeking employment.

You may enrol in this qualification with or without a specialisation.

Majors
Computer Science

Careers
IT employers are constantly seeking increasing numbers of staff, often because of increased demand and new projects. You’ll have an edge over those with a bachelor’s qualification.

A Master in Information Sciences gives you the best of theory and practice in information sciences. You will have the ability to step into projects in professional practice and it is a stepping stone into a leadership role. It will open up greater opportunities in your career, more quickly.

Planning overview

Master of Information Sciences 180-credit: If you study full-time you can complete the Master of Information Sciences in three semesters (one and half years). This is a taught programme, and includes an in-depth professional project.

If you are studying the 180 credit MInfSc you should initially enrol for the no subject option and in the professional pathway. This offers maximum flexibility and you can change both the subject and the pathway as you progress through the first year.

The 180-credit master’s qualification is made up of two parts. The first part gives you good knowledge and skills that will help you with the research or professional practice part of your qualification (Part Two). You must pass Part One before you can progress to Part Two.

For progression to Part Two of the Master of Information Sciences, a B Grade Average is needed for the Part One courses.

  • Research Pathway: 180 credits consisting of 60 credits of courses (Part One) and 120 credits of research (Part Two).
  • Professional Pathway: 180 credits consisting of 120 credits of courses (Part One) and 60 credits of professional practice (Part Two).

Master of Information Sciences 120-credit – by thesis only
You will complete a thesis to the value of 120 credits from Part Two of the e 120-credit master’s requires one year of intensive, individual research working with an academic supervisor. A research thesis is recommended if you wish to progress to a PhD.

Entry criteria

Master of Information Sciences 180 credits

To enter the Master of Information Science (180 credits) you will have:

been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Information Sciences or an equivalent qualification, having achieved a B- grade average or higher over the qualifying 300-level majoring courses; or

been awarded or qualified for a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification, having achieved a B- grade average or higher over the 300-level majoring courses, and have at least two years’ relevant professional experience demonstrated via a portfolio, and an interview if required.

Master of Information Sciences - 120 credits (thesis only)

To enter the 120-credit Master of Information Sciences (by thesis) you will have:

been awarded or qualified for the Bachelor of Information Sciences with Honours or the equivalent qualification, having achieved a B- grade average or higher over the qualifying 700-level courses, or

been awarded or qualified for the Postgraduate Diploma in Information Sciences, or the equivalent qualification, having achieved a B- grade average or higher over the qualifying 700-level courses.

Students from a country where English is not the first language, must obtain a minimum English Language competency level.

  • IELTS score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL iBT score of 90 overall (min 20 in Writing)
  • PTE Academic score of 58 Overall (min 50 in communicative skills)
  • Cambridge English score of 176 overall and all bands 169 or better

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