Master of Applied Computing

  • Upcoming start dates

    November Summer School - 11 Nov 2024

    Semester 1 - 17 Feb 2025

    Semester 2 - 14 Jul 2025

  • Qualification

    Taught Master's

  • Duration

    1.5 years full-time

  • Credits


  • Location

    Lincoln University Campus

Technology is growing its relevance and impact in every industry. Consequently, there’s a shortage of trained tech professionals in New Zealand and around the world. Adding strong understanding of technology alongside your existing skills prepares you for the future of work, and opens up more opportunities across the board.

Study for free

If you're a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to study this programme for free. Part time study options may be available. Terms and conditions apply. Learn more here

About this programme

The Master of Applied Computing from Lincoln University seeds the skills for you to ready to move into a technology-based role in 12 months, even if you don’t have a technological background.

The programme focuses on growing your skills and understanding through experiential, project-based learning that includes an industry project. Both problem-solving capabilities and people skills are valued by the tech industry.

You’ll expand your abilities to work well and communicate complex technical information to colleagues and clients.

How you’ll grow

  • Gain the technical and interpersonal skills required to work with project teams, designing, developing and deploying software solutions
  • Work closely with external clients on real world projects, gaining priceless practical experience
  • With the opportunity to develop in an area of specialist technical expertise that’s aligned with your interests (this could guide your choice of industry project)
  • Engage with experienced industry professionals throughout the programme, cultivating a network of connections that will help your future career
  • Have the chance to present your work and compile a portfolio of your project experience.

Career opportunities

Tech-related roles are on the current long-term skills shortage list. So this degree prepares you for an exciting and fulfilling range of positions.

Potential tech-based careers for graduates of the Master of Applied Computing include software creation and maintenance, particularly relating to land-based industries. Or depending on the electives you choose, you could focus on data, databases and geographic information systems.

Programme information

Programme Structure

You can choose from three different intakes. Begin in the November intake and you can complete this qualification in as little as twelve months. Alternatively, start in either the February or July intake and take 18 months to complete your study, incorporating a summer break.

Pathway options

If you’re not sure whether you are eligible to enter the Master of Applied Computing, you can always opt to staircase your degree.

This means starting the programme in a Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Science then continuing with the Master’s degree if you want to.

Depending on when you start, you can gain the Master of Applied Computing with only two further semesters of course work (after a Postgraduate Certificate).

  • Compulsory courses
  • Elective courses

Your elective choices make up 60 credits from the Master's Degree courses offered across the university, or another university. They must include 40 credits with a COMP prefix or an ENGN prefix or in the above list of electives.

A course advisor can assist you to select your courses and plan your degree.


Here are your next steps

Programme contacts

Stuart Charters

Associate Professor Stuart Charters

Associate Professor

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