Master of Science (Computer Science)

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A deeper understanding of science

Gain the knowledge and skills for a more in-depth understanding of computer science.

Find out more about the Master of Science parent structure.

What is it like?

Studying towards your masters is a challenging and satisfying postgraduate experience.

Massey University’s Master of Science will give you the knowledge and skills you need to gain a more in-depth understanding of computer science and advance your career.

When you graduate with a Master of Science you will have learned how to work at a high level of academic achievement, work to deadlines under pressure and communicate effectively.

In demand

A report by Absolute IT showed that IT employers are seeking increasing numbers of staff. In Auckland alone 75% of IT employers are planning to recruit additional staff and contractors in 2016. The majority of the hiring is taking place because of increased demand and new projects.

The research showed that high demand areas are now software development, business analysis, project management and data/database. These are the key areas of information sciences you can study at Massey.

Complete in a shorter time-frame

Massey University’s Master of Science is a 180 credit master qualification (a 240 credit MSc is also available). The 180 credit masters offers a rigorous programme of learning yet can be achieved in one and a half years.

Research-led learning

Massey teaching is research-led and our academics are ranked among the best in the world. Our teaching staff are widely published and are in demand as keynote speakers on topical global issues. International visitors regularly seek out visits to our science facilities to learn more about what we do.

Accessible lecturers

We work to help you succeed. Massey University offers smaller classes and more personalised learning, giving you greater access to lecturers and the help you need to succeed and thrive during your master’s study.

Relevant learning

Your lecturers and supervisors at Massey have strong connections with the industry. We work to ensure that our teaching fits with the changing environment, which means you will emerge with a relevant qualification valued by potential employers.

A good fit if you:

  • Are passionate about science
  • Have a bachelor’s degree in computer science, or relevant professional experience
  • Are interested in a postgraduate qualification that combines both structured learning and research
  • Want to progress your career to the next level of seniority and stand out in the job market
Jonathan Giles
Bachelor of Engineering
Master of Science in Computer Science
Graduated in 2011
Technical Lead / Software Engineer - Oracle

“I’m paid an excellent salary, I’m given access to the world, my software runs on three billion devices worldwide, the developer ecosystem using my code exceeds 10 million developers and my office outlooks the countryside in beautiful New Zealand…”

I am proud to call myself a software engineer. Back in 2003 when I studied, software engineering was part of the Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) whilst today this subject is covered by the Bachelor of Information Sciences. I enjoyed my four years at Massey so much, that I stuck around to add a Master of Science (Computer Science) to my qualifications.

After being the chief technical officer and co-owner of a Java-based software start-up and spending some time as a software contractor, I joined Sun Microsystems - the creator of the Java language. As a software engineer, my role was to be part of the team developing future versions of the Java software development kit. When Sun was purchased by Oracle in 2010, I became an Oracle employee and soon my position changed to being the technical lead responsible for an entire category of functionality, overseeing multiple developers, whilst still spending most of my time coding.

On top of being a software engineer, I’m a frequent speaker at international conferences related to my work. I’ve spoken all around the world, as far-reaching as Japan, India, Belgium, the US, Australia and New Zealand. This is a great experience, and not something you’d typically expect being a software engineer.

Even though most of my Oracle colleagues are located in California, I’ve chosen to remain in New Zealand for the superior lifestyle. This doesn’t impact me at all - one of the best perks of being a software engineer - with your laptop you can work from anywhere.

If my career stays as diverse and exciting as it is, I would be content with my life. I’m paid an excellent salary, I’m given access to the world, my software runs on three billion devices worldwide, the developer ecosystem using my code exceeds 10 million developers and my office outlooks the countryside in beautiful New Zealand.


A Master in Science (Computer Science) gives you the best of theory and practice in information sciences.

Earn more

A 2017 Ministry of Education publication The post-study earnings and destinations of young domestic graduates, found that in New Zealand:

  • Young master’s graduates earn more than one and a half times more than the national median (five years after study)
  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after completion, the median earnings of young master’s graduates are 15% higher than for those with a bachelor’s degree.

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