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Master of Computer Science (Communication Networks, Forensic Computing, Information Security, Software Development)
Modes of Study  By Research Only
Duration 2 Years
Level Postgraduate
Course Code 09MACS


The Master of Computer Science programme is of interdisciplinary nature and aims at students interested in, and adequately   
qualified and motivated, for graduate education to become scientific researchers in various fields of study related to Computer     
Science. In this regard, the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board (CSAB) defines Computer Science as focusing on the ‘theory of 
computation, algorithms and data structures, programming methodology and languages, and computer elements and architecture’. 
In  addition  to  these  four  areas,  the  CSAB  also  identifies  fields  such  as  software  engineering,  artificial  intelligence,  computer 
networking and communication, database systems, parallel computation, distributed computation, computer‐human interaction, 
computer graphics, operating systems, and numerical and symbolic computation as being important areas of computer science.

The  programme  will  enable  students  to  deepen  their  knowledge  of  a  particular  computer  science  speciality  for  application, 
research and/ or management purposes. Possible fields of specialisation include Communication Networks, Software Development, 
Mobile Development, Information Security and Forensic Computing. The precise focus of the research will be determined through 
dialogue between the candidate and supervising staff and will fall within the scope of the approved research clusters of the Faculty 
of Computing and Informatics.

Students  will  develop  a  thorough  understanding  of  relevant  methodological  approaches,  and  develop  competence  in  the 
application of qualitative, design, mixed‐mode and quantitative research methods through participation in research projects under 
the supervision of experienced staff members. The development of research competence has prime priority in the context of this
programme. Students are required to design, undertake and report on research where computer science is the research focus and 
apply techniques and/or deal with a specific application problem connected with the field of interest.


Admission Requirements 

Applicants  who  hold  qualifications  from  recognised  institutions  at  NQF  level  8,  or  equivalent,  in  disciplines  related  to 
computer  science may  be  considered  for  admission  to  this  programme. Applicants  need  to  provide  evidence  of  having 
conducted supervised research and may  be  required  to make‐up  specific  deficiencies  in  coursework  at  the  discretion  of  the  Faculty  Postgraduate 
Committee. In addition, applicants may  be  required  to attend a pre‐selection  interview and/or  test at  the  discretion  of  the 

Applicants  from  other  institutions must  submit  detailed  information  on  all  courses  in  their  previous  qualifications,  as  well  as 
contact details of three referees. The latter also applies to applicants who have been working in the field subsequent to obtaining 
their previous qualifications. The Faculty Postgraduate Committee may approve exceptions, and all admissions are at the discretion of 
the Faculty Postgraduate Committee.

Registration prior to the approval of a research proposal is provisional and will be made official only when the Higher Degrees 
Committee approves the proposal. These procedures will be fully explained to each prospective student during his or her personal 

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