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Master of Information Sciences (Software Engineering)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Not all listed subject course options are on offer every year
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

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.

Find out more about the Master of Information Sciences parent structure.

What is it like?

The courses in the Master of Information Sciences (Software Engineering) have a strong focus on specific technical and programming areas (for example, Artificial Intelligence). These courses require an appropriate technical background as the content is at an advanced level. The best preparation for these courses is to complete several appropriate computer science courses at 300-level.

Studying towards your master's is a satisfying and challenging process that will give you a sought-after postgraduate qualification. If you 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, you should consider this qualification.

In demand

Employers are always seeking increasing numbers of staff. Look at the SEEK website to see the demand for ICT professionals in New Zealand. The majority of the hiring is taking place because of increased demand and new projects.

High demand areas include software development, analysis, network security, project management and data/database. Graduates who hold a Master of Information Sciences from Massey are well placed to find a career in these, and other, areas.

Broad-based learning

At Massey, we offer software engineering as a joint subject – a combination of computer science and information technology.

You will 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.

Topics you can study include

  • (Computer Science) Artificial intelligence, computer graphics, computer vision, parallel and distributed computing, operating systems and advanced computer systems.
  • (Information Technology) Systems security, geoinformatics, research methods, software development, user requirements.

The computer science topics are at an advanced level. It is important to already have a good knowledge of computer programming and/or the equivalent of 300-level computer science.

Find which pathway is best for you

The Master of Information Sciences provides you with two pathways – the professional pathway and the research pathway. You don’t even have to select a pathway when you enrol as all students start by selecting 60 credits of taught courses in their first semester. At the end of the first semester you decide if you want to continue with the professional pathway (select another 60 credits of taught courses followed by a 60 credit project) or the research pathway (120 credit thesis). The research pathway is best for students wanting to continue to PhD study.

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.

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 (or graduate diploma) in computer science or software engineering or an equivalent degree
  • Have achieved at least a B grade average in your previous degree or graduate diploma
  • Want to progress your career to the next level or
  • Want to be involved in advanced research (for example, PhD)


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 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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