Master of Computer Science

Choose Computer Science at La Trobe

  • Get the expertise to design, program and manage computer systems.
  • Choose from a great range of electives including data mining, advanced databases, entrepreneurship, wireless network engineering and cloud computing.
  • Graduate with a strong understanding of the social, legal and ethical issues facing computing professionals.

Career outcomes

The global shortage of skilled ICT professionals means you'll be sought-after for a range of roles across multiple sectors.

This course equips you for roles in:

  • systems and security engineering
  • software and hardware
  • network design, management and engineering
  • data communications
  • telecommunications
  • application protocol
  • wireless networks.

What you'll learn

How to:

  • design, program, manage, maintain and enhance computer systems, particularly knowledge-based systems
  • lead IT staff in a range of environments
  • research a complex computer science question
  • analyse the social, legal and ethical issues facing IT professionals.

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Course structure

This course is made up of a combination of core subjects and electives.

In first year, you'll work with a small team to plan and develop an industry-focused software or IT project. Electives are offered in a range of areas including data mining, entrepreneurship, wireless network engineering and cloud computing.

First year core subjects

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Industry Project A and B
  • Professional Environment

Second year core subjects

  • Thesis A and B

Elective subjects

You complete 150 points of electives, choosing from areas including data mining, wireless network engineering, entrepreneurship and cloud computing. You're permitted to select the subjects of their choice provided that the prerequisite requirements are met.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


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Feature staff

Dr Torab Torabi

Dr Torabi is a Senior Lecturer and industry project coordinator at La Trobe. He has over seven years' industry experience (including his work with General Electric Company) and has co-authored more than forty journal and conference papers in software engineering and mobile computing.

He has supervised and coordinated more than 50 research projects including supervision of many postgraduate students. Dr Torabi was received both the Vice Chancellor's and the Dean's Awards for Teaching Excellence in 2007.

See Dr Torabi's full staff profile.

Professor Yi-Ping Phoebe Chen

Professor Yi-Ping Phoebe Chen is Professor, Chair and Director of Research with the Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering at La Trobe. Her research interests include artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, computational intelligence and more. To date, she has secured over 30 research grants worth over $8 million and has over 200 publications.

Her current research project, Advanced analytics utilising conjoint mining of data and content with applications in business, bio-medicine and electrical power systems is funded by an ARC Discovery Project grant.

See Dr Chen's full staff profile.

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