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Master of Informatics

DURATION: 2 years full time

ENTRY POINTS: February/July/November

LOCATION: Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Emerald, Mackay

The Master of Informatics Degree by Research is a program of supervised research and study leading to the submission of a thesis which makes a contribution to knowledge. The program is governed by the Program 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 programs in the areas of informatics, information systems, information tehcnology and computer science.

What am I studying?

Emerging changes and advances in global technology have led to a more connected world where people can share information, photos and conversations simply and quickly. Information technology, information systems and multimedia have paved the way in enabling all of this to occur. Retrieving, processing, receiving, transmitting, protecting and storing information are all elements of information technology. 

The study of information technology and information systems are aligned, however there are differences within the two areas. Information technology is a combination of tools, processes and methodologies that are used to collect, process and present information. Information systems focuses on the use of technology and how it can assist with the organisation of people through the use of databases, networks and the Internet, and personal computers.

The term multimedia is used to describe the integrated presentation of text, graphics, sound and images, including digital video via computer-based media. Multimedia includes the study of animation and games for mobile devices, web design, digital video, and audio production. Students who study multimedia are able to create and apply digital content for communication, education and entertainment.

A career in information technology (IT) industry, either working in information technology, information systems, or multimedia is fast-paced, challenging and dynamic. Information technology and information systems specialists are sought after in nearly every business or organisation and in a range of employment fields.  Job opportunities exist in Internet/web development, network/communication technology, programming, video gaming, data entry, systems analyst, database management, multimedia, data communications expert, software developer, computer technician or security officer. Multimedia graduates work in the areas of publishing, advertising, communications, internet and database development, media design, games and gaming and animation.

Why Study Master of Informatics at CQUni

CQUniversity’s Information Technology (IT) programs 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 programs are flexible, with most programs 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 programs you will also be given the opportunity to pursue paid work placements where you can earn while you learn.

Unlike most other IT programs, our focus extends beyond teaching just the technical aspects but focuses on delivering a unique personal approach to teaching.  Every program 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 programs 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. 

Prerequisites

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.

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.

Program Structure

Discipline-specific course codes are allocated according to the faculty and discipline in which you undertake your research in.  Within each course code, provision is made to identify the mode of attendance as full-time.

Areas of Study:

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

 

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