School of Engineering and Computer Science

Postgraduate Study

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Engineering and Computer Science are complex and fast moving disciplines, and Victoria is committed to excellence in its teaching and research. Our undergraduate degrees provide an excellent platform for careers in engineering and  computer science, but postgraduate study will enable you to explore the full breadth and depth of these dynamic disciplines.

Professional engineers also benefit from studying the latest trends in their fields. Our postgraduate programmes support new graduates, experienced professionals and those who are looking for a change of career.


Postgraduate Programmes

We offer the postgraduate programmes listed below. A diagram showing how the programmes fit together is at the bottom of the page.

  • Bachelor of Science (Honours)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Science
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Science
  • Master of Computer Science
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Science in Computer Graphics
  • Master of Engineering
  • PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)
  • Graduate Diploma in Science

Postgraduate Qualifications by Coursework

Bachelor of Science (Honours)

The BSc Honours degree is the traditional first graduate degree after a BSc in Computer Science or in Electronic and Computer Systems, and involves one year of full time (or two years part-time) study combining course and project work. It generally allows students to progress directly to an MSc thesis or to PhD study.

The School offers:

  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Science
  • BSc (Hons) in Electronic and Computer Systems
  • BSc (Hons) in Computer Graphics
  • BSc (Hons) or BA (Hons) in Logic and Computation

The first three programmes combine course and project work. The Computer Graphics programme requires some courses from Design; students should check the prerequisites of the programme carefully.

The Logic and Computation programme is designed for students seeking a graduate level qualification in the major concepts and methods of logic and their use in aspects of Computer Science, Mathematics, and Philosophy.

Postgraduate Diploma in Science

The Postgraduate Diploma in Science (PGDipSc), which requires 120 points of post-graduate study and can be completed full-time in two trimesters or part-time up to 4 years. As a research project is not compulsory, the PGDipSc will appeal to students wanting a post-graduate course-work qualification. The PGDipSc also provides an opportunity for those students who are not able to meet the entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) or MSc Part 1. The PGDipSc is offered in the following subjects:

  • Computer Science
  • Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering
  • Computer Graphics
  • Logic and Computation.
Postgraduate Certificate in Science

The Postgraduate Certificate in Science (PGCertSc) provides an alternative path of postgraduate study in Science for students wanting a short course work postgraduate qualification. The certificate is suitable for those students who are not admitted to the BSc (Hons) and MSc Part 1 and/or who do not want to take a PGDipSc or want to exit earlier from the PGDipSc. It must be completed within two years. This program is also suitable for those who want to complete postgraduate study in a focused area within a short timeframe while in full-time work or managing other commitments.

Master of Computer Science

The Master of Computer Science (MCompSc) is master’s degree centred on course work completed over two years (or a longer period on a part-time basis). It is a graduate qualification designed for professionals seeking to advance their knowledge of Computer Science and to obtain a formal qualification that recognises their achievement. The degree may also be attractive to new graduates who wish to advance their knowledge of Computer Science before seeking employment. The degree emphasises course work as opposed to a significant research thesis.

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Postgraduate Degrees by Research

Master of Science

The Master of Science (MSc) is a postgraduate degree with a thesis as a major component. The degree is designed to provide an advanced level of professional competence with research experience. The School offers three MSc programmes:

  • MSc in Computer Science
  • MSc in Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering
  • MSc in Computer Graphics

The MSc has two parts:

  • Part 1 is one year of full time study consisting of course work.
  • Part 2 is a thesis which typically requires 12 months of study.

Students with an honours degree (including a BE with honours) or a PGDipSc take Part 2 only. Students with a BSc need to take both parts 1 and 2.

The Computer Graphics programme involves courses from both Computer Science and from Design.

See the Computer Graphics pages for more details on the programmes in Computer Graphics, including the MSc and the MDI, and the undergraduate preparation required.

Note that for students who are enrolled part-time, the time limit on the MSc can be extended pro-rata up to a maximum of five years.

Master of Engineering

The Master of Engineering (ME) is a master’s degree involving a thesis in engineering and may be endorsed with a specific area (Electronic and Computer System Engineering, Network Engineering, or Software Engineering). The ME programme provides students with both a professional qualification attractive to employers in the engineering fields as well as opportunities to carry out a significant piece of research in engineering. The ME is a one year to one and half year full-time programme consisting of a 120 point thesis, or a 90 point thesis plust 30 points of 400- or 500-level courses from the ME or BE(Hons) schedule.

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

The PhD degree is a research qualification that involves three to four years of original research work. A PhD is generally required by those people seeking careers in a university or research laboratory. A number of private companies and government departments also carry out research and seek new employees with a PhD.

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Graduate Diploma in Science

We offer the Graduate Diploma in Science (GDipSc) qualification for professionals with a degree in another area who want to gain a formal qualification in Computer Science, Electronics, or Logic and Computation. The programme also appeals to graduates in other subjects who want to develop their skills in these areas. 

The School offers the GDipSc with specialisations in:

  • Computer Science
  • Electronic and Computer Systems
More information about the GDipSc, is available on the Faculty of Science website.

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Master of Advanced Technology Enterprise (MATE)

The Master of Advanced Technology Enterprise is a new interdisciplinary one year research programme. It is open to graduates of science, engineering, design, commerce and law, and graduates from other disciplines with appropriate backgrounds.

The course of study for the Master of Advanced Technology Enterprise involves an intensive four week course, thesis and business development plan.

Further information is available here.

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More Information

There are more details about all our postgraduate programs in our postgraduate prospectus.

If you have further questions that are not answered in the prospectus, please contact the following people:

  • Winston Seah - for PhD, MSc (Part 2) and ME enquiries
  • Paul Teal - for coursework based programs in Electronic and Computer systems (BSc (Hons), PGDipSc, PGCertSc, and MSc (Part 1)
  • Peter Andreae - for coursework based programmes in Computer Science or Computer Graphics (BSc (Hons), PGDipSc, PGCertSc, MCompSc and MSc (Part 1)

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How to Apply

Applicants for PhD thesis and Master thesis programmes are advised to discuss their proposed enrolment with a member of the Engineering and Computer Science staff, either in person or by mail/email. Applicants with qualifications not from VUW should bring/include a copy of their transcript and details of courses they have taken.

International students for whom English is not their first language should also bring/send a copy of their IELTS or TOEFL scores.

PhD

There are three deadlines per year for all PhD applications to be considered. The dates are 1 March, 1 July and 1 November. Students may complete an application form and speak with prospective supervisors prior to the deadline, but their application must be submitted through the Faculty of Graduate Research (FGR) and formal acceptance into the programme will be made after the deadline. This admission/scholarship application process applies to both domestic and international prospective PhD students.

Competitive University PhD Scholarships exist that are applied for at each round. Occasionally specific PhD projects exist where application is through the FGR in conjunction with the supervisor, please see the Individual scholarships page for the current list of projects.

More information can be found on the FGR web site.

Masters by Thesis

Applications for Masters by thesis only (ME or part 2 of MSc) can be made at any time. Domestic students should use the special application forms for Masters by thesis available on the University's postgraduate enrolment page.

International students must apply through Victoria International.

Coursework Programmes

Applications for postgraduate programmes with coursework (BSc (Hons), MSc with part 1, MCompSci, postgraduate diplomas) can be made prior to each trimester using the same application process as for undergraduate programmes: see the university enrolment page. International students must apply through Victoria International.

Postgraduate Qualifications

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