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Master of Computing Technology (Networking and System Security)

Master of Computing Technology Specialisation Networking & System Security (MCTN)

Study Mode
  • External
  • On-campus

  • Semester 2 (July)
  • Semester 1 (February)

Number of Units
  • 16 units

  • 2 year/s or part-time equivalent

  • Toowoomba

View USQ Handbook
Program Information Set

Gain a competitive advantage in the IT industry

USQ’s Master of Computing Technology (Networking and System Security) degree enables you to become an expert in Networking and System Security. It focuses on enhancing your professional skills and making it relevant to the workforce.

In addition to studying the courses within the Networking and System Security specialisation, you will be able to choose one of two of the below Research specialisations:

  • Applied Research - You will be a part of research training courses, learning about research practice and ethics, data science and visualisation, preparing you to research thoroughly and effectively. Upon graduation, you will not be eligible for enrolment in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
  • Advanced Research - Undertake an exciting research project under the guidance of an available supervisor. You will learn how to gather, organise and analyse information and ideas, to review, research and report on your chosen project area. Upon graduation you will be eligible to apply for the Doctor Of Philosophy (PhD).

Professional accreditation

The Master of Computing Technology is accredited at professional level by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and, through the Seoul Accord, is recognised in other countries. The Seoul Accord is a multi-lateral agreement that allows ACS accreditation to be recognised globally. This means when you graduate, your degree will be recognised by other countries who are members of the Accord.

USQ’s Master of Computing Technology is flexible and relevant to a workforce that thrives on science and technology. You will possess high-level skills in computing theory, practice and research, giving you a competitive advantage in a career that is dynamic, global and in demand. Career opportunities after completion of this degree include software engineer, IT manager, database designer, database administrator, system and network administrator, and web information professional.

The other specialisation in the Master of Computing Technology is Software and the Web.

Courses to be studied Units
2 x core courses 
10 x specialisation courses 10 
plus 1 x research specialisation
Total 16
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:

Study Mode Cost
Commonwealth supported AUD 9527
Domestic full fee paying AUD 22320

Loan to help you pay your fees

You may not have to pay your course (subject) fees upfront. FEE-HELP allows you to defer your fees until your income reaches a certain level.

You may also be eligible to receive financial support from Centrelink.

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

How to apply

Closing dates

Applying directly to USQ:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - applications close Friday 6 March, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - applications close Friday 24 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 13 July 2020.

Recognition of prior learning or work experience

You may be eligible for recognition of prior learning if you have previously studied or have relevant work experience. This will help to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.