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CU36 - Master of Informatics

Overview

At a glance

The Masters Degree by Research is a course of supervised research and study leading to the submission of a thesis which makes a contribution to knowledge.

Study modes On-Campus, Distance
Rank OP: Apply to the Office of Research at CQUniversity
Availability AdelaideBrisbaneCairnsMelbourneNoosaSydneyBundabergEmeraldGladstoneMackayPerthRockhamptonTownsvilleDistance Education 
Duration 2 years full-time, 4 years part-time
Intake dates March, July, November
CRICOS 040964E - QLD

* OP/SR/ATAR details provided on this page are from Term 1, 2017. Entry ranks are to be used as a guide only as they are subject to change each year.


Career opportunities

A higher degree by research is usually required for an academic career or a professional career in research. In addition, many discipline-specific employers recognise the skills developed through research degree are applicable in the workplace.

Details

Summary

The Master of Informatics Degree by Research is a course of supervised research and study leading to the submission of a thesis which makes a contribution to knowledge. The course is governed by the Course Rules for Masters Degrees by Research, which provide details regarding all aspects of admission, progression, submission and examination of the thesis. Consultation with the university will assist you to determine eligibility for admission, to identify the proposed areas of research and to ascertain the availability of suitable supervisors.

CQUniversity offers Masters Degree by Research courses in the areas of informatics, information systems, information technology and computer science.

Why Study Information Technology at CQUniversity

CQUniversity's Information Technology (IT) courses recognise the impact of IT on all aspects of our day-to-day lives.  We offer a wide range of study options leading to traditional IT qualifications, as well as specialist areas such as aviation technology and multimedia studies.

All of our courses are flexible, with most units offering you the choice to study either full-time or part-time and either on-campus or by distance education. This means you can individually tailor your learning to suit your personal and professional needs.

At CQUniversity, we provide just the right mix of theory and practical experience to ensure that you graduate work ready, making you attractive to employers and helping to widen your career options.  In some of our courses you will also be given the opportunity to pursue paid work placements where you can earn while you learn.

Unlike most other IT courses, our focus extends beyond teaching just the technical aspects but focuses on delivering a unique personal approach to teaching.  Every course is delivered by our supportive lecturers and staff who offer industry-relevant and real-work experience, from areas such as IT specialists, programmers and graphic designers.

Each of our courses is monitored and upgraded to ensure they stay current, are at the leading edge of new developments, and in line with the latest industry practices.  We also have a host of new IT projects coming online, so there has never been a better time to enjoy the benefits that CQUniversity offers and boost your prospects for a successful career in IT.

Structure and assessment

Program Structure

Discipline-specific unit codes are allocated according to the faculty and discipline in which you undertake your research in.  Within each unit code, provision is made to identify the mode of attendance as full-time, or part-time.  Mode of attendance shall be determined at admission or re-enrolment.

Areas of Study:

  • Informatics
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology; and
  • Computer Science

Course information

For example units you could study as part of the Master of Informatics course please click here.

If you have any questions regarding this course, call 13 27 86.

Credit transfer information

If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

Entry requirements

OP: Apply to the Office of Research at CQUniversity

OP = Overall Position (QLD school leavers), SR = Selection Rank (mature age students), ATAR = Australian Tertiary Admission Rank

Course Requirements

To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.

Entry Requirements

You may be considered for admission to candidature for the masters degree if you:

  • hold an honours degree from the university or any other approved institution in a relevant discipline; or
  • hold a three-year undergraduate degree and a graduate diploma at a high level of academic performance in a relevant discipline; or
  • hold a three-year undergraduate degree at a high level of academic performance in a relevant discipline, plus a minimum of one year's relevant work experience; or
  • hold a three-year undergraduate degree with a credit level grade point average (GPA); or
  • hold a four-year undergraduate degree at a high level of academic performance; or
  • hold an alternative qualification deemed by the panel to be of equivalent scope and standard.

Fees and scholarships

Fees

Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered

  • Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
  • domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
  • international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.

In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.

Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.

Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.

PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.

For current degree-level fee schedules and information about HELP schemes, please select from the following:

Scholarships

Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.

How to Apply

Applying

You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.

CQUniversity Australia offers a range of Research Higher Degree programs to meet your needs.

Unlike coursework study, a Research Higher Degree typically does not follow a structure of lectures, tutorials, assessment items and examinations. A research higher degree is a program of supervised research and study leading to the preparation and submission of a thesis.

An application for Admission to a Research Higher Degree at CQUniversity may be submitted at any time throughout the year.

International Students

You can apply to study a research higher degree by visiting our CQUni International Webpage. To do so,

  1. Follow this link

Domestic Students

You can apply to study a research higher degree by visiting our CQUni Handbook. To do so,

  1. Enter the name of the Course you wish to study into the search field here
  2. Select the Apply Now button.

The Research Higher Degrees Course Guide (available here) provides detailed information about Eligibility, benefits provided by CQUniversity, and the Application, selection and offer process.

The Research Higher Degrees Course Rules Policy and Procedure includes information about qualifications for admission, supervision, responsibilities, and attendance at the University. The Policy and Procedure  can be accessed here.

Should you require any assistance please contact our Student Advice team by calling 13 27 86 or send us an email via http://contactus.cqu.edu.au.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I apply?

Research Higher Degree applications may be submitted at any time of the year. The commencement date for candidature will be negotiated between the candidate and the University, and may be reliant on resources or supervisor availability.

What happens when I make my application?

The Research Higher Degree online application process begins with an Expression of Interest which asks you to select your course, campus/study mode and provide a brief description of your proposed research topic.

Following receipt of your EOI your application will be assessed for availability of supervision.  A proposed supervisor may contact you via email to discuss your proposed topic, assist you to develop a research proposal, and  determine availability of resources and alignment with the University’s research priority areas.

You may then be invited to submit a full application for admission.  The University reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant

What Happens after I apply?

Depending on the outcome of your application, you may be made an offer to study at CQUniversity.  You will be advised on the outcome of your application admission via email, generally within fourteen days from receipt of your full application.  If you choose to accept your offer you must commence your candidature within six months from the Offer date.

An applicant who does not meet the Entry Requirements for a Research Higher Degree may be offered a place in a lower level research higher degree and/or required to complete prescribed units prior to or concurrent with admission to the course.

International applicants or domestic applicants with educational qualifications from an institution that does not instruct in English may be required to present evidence of English language proficiency, prior to admission being granted.

Fees and Scholarships

A range of resources are provided to assist research higher degree candidates to complete a research higher degree, whether you are studying full-time or part-time, on campus or studying by distance.  Refer to the Fees and Resources page (menu to the left of this page) for further information.

Eligible Domestic students will be allocated a RTP Tuition Offset Scholarship which will fully extinguish the candidate's tuition fee liability for the duration of the Scholarship.

Information about fees and charges for International students can be found here.

CQUniversity offers a range of scholarships for research higher degree candidates.  Information about current CQUniversity scholarships can be found here.

There are also a range of scholarships offered by various funding bodies, for study at CQUniversity.  These include The Good Universities Guide, and Australian Government scholarships.

For more information on applying for Master of Informatics, please click here.

For further information

If you have any questions about the course, please call us on 13 27 86.

You can also register your interest to stay up-to-date with course developments, application timelines and events happening in your area.

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