Master of Information Sciences (Software Engineering)

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Become a sought-after employee

The Master of Information Sciences (Software Engineering) is a relevant programme that will give you the skills to be sought after for the many senior positions available around the world.

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What is it like?

A masters is for those who 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. It is a satisfying and challenging postgraduate qualification.

Massey’s Master of Information Sciences (Software Engineering) is a taught programme, which includes an in-depth professional project.

This programme will give you the skills to become a sought-after ICT professional in managerial and senior technical positions. You will be able to take on the best of the many senior positions that are available in New Zealand and around the world.

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.

Broad-based learning

The software engineering major is a joint one - that means you will learn about both computer science and information technology. This includes the design and construction of large software applications, the technical knowledge of computer programming from computer science, combined with the design and team skills of information technology.

Application of complex systems

Undergraduate programmes focus on your technical knowledge such as programming skills. When you undertake postgraduate study, you will learn more about the application of the more complicated processes you can apply this knowledge to, such as developing complex and dependent operating and recognition systems. You will learn how to apply knowledge of ICT technologies and/or management with both a broad world-view and at a specialty level.

Giving you relevant work experience

A professional practice project is a major part of this masters. You will have the opportunity to lead real projects for real companies on real issues that they wish to solve. This experience can directly lead to roles and add substantial value to your resume when you are seeking employment.


Massey University’s programme is ranked in the top 300 university computer science and information systems programmes in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings.

World-leading staff

Massey has world-leading staff in our areas of expertise, teaching and researching at the leading edge of information sciences. We prepare you to take your place as leaders in this rapidly-growing industry.

Smaller classes

At Massey you’ll be part of small, interactive classes where you can have close contact with your lecturer.

Relevant to industry

Your study of software engineering at Massey is well-aligned with industry. Our lecturers have worked (and are still working) with the industry internationally. They bring their practical perspective, industry relationships and knowledge of the latest developments in this field to your study to make it more relevant to your potential employers.

Complete in a shorter time-frame

You may now complete this degree in 180-credits (previously 240 credits). This means that you can qualify in only three semesters, or one and half years.

Thesis only

You may choose to complete a Master of Information Sciences by thesis only. This is a 120 credit research qualification for students who have completed the BInfSc (Hons) or PGDipInfSc.

Set yourself apart

A masters gives you a point of difference from your peers, many of whom graduate at an undergraduate level only.

Flexibility of focus

During your study you will learn how to apply problem-solving and analytical thinking skills to the analysis of, and solutions to, general software-based problems within the broader ICT community. You will also gain skills in evaluating policies and processes used in the design, construction, testing and maintenance of advanced technological solutions in order to make informed strategic decisions.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. This qualification will push you to produce your best creative, strategic and theoretical ideas. The workload replicates the high-pressure environment of senior workplace roles.

Not just more of the same

Postgraduate study is not just ‘more of the same’ undergraduate study. Our experts are there to guide but if you have come from undergraduate study, you will find that postgraduate study demands more in-depth and independent study. It takes you to a new level in knowledge and expertise especially in planning and undertaking research.

A good fit if you:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in software engineering or computer science
  • Want to progress your career to the next level, or
  • Are interested in delving deeper with meaningful research into software engineering


In demand

Software companies are desperately seeking qualified employees. Your Massey postgraduate software engineering qualification will see you in-demand from potential employers.

Media outlet ‘CNN Money’ said in 2015 that software architect was the number one job with potential for growth, great pay and satisfying work

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report found that:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after leaving study, most young domestic graduates will be earning above the national median earnings
  • Young masters graduates earn 86 per cent more than the national median
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives
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