Master of Information Sciences

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Focus on information sciences

The Master of Information Sciences will give you in-depth knowledge and expertise in information sciences.

What is it like?

In the Master of Information Sciences you will learn how to apply knowledge of ICT technologies and/or management with both a broad world-view and at a specialty level.

Undergraduate programmes focus on your technical knowledge such as programming skills. When you undertake postgraduate study, you will learn more about the application of the more complicated processes you can apply this knowledge to, such as developing complex and dependent operating and recognition systems.

Studying towards your masters 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

A report by Absolute IT showed that IT employers are seeking increasing numbers of staff. In Auckland alone 75% of IT employers are planning to recruit additional staff and contractors in 2016. The majority of the hiring is taking place because of increased demand and new projects.

The research showed that high demand areas are now software development, business analysis, project management and data/database. These are the key areas of information sciences you can study at Massey.


Massey University’s programme is ranked in the top 300 university computer science and information systems programmes in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) rankings.

What will you learn?

During your study you will learn how to apply problem-solving and analytical thinking skills to the analysis of, and solutions to, general software-based problems within the broader ICT community.

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.

Complete in under two years

If you study full-time you can complete the Masters of Information Sciences in three semesters (one and half years).

This is a taught programme, with a major component an in-depth professional project.

Flexibility of focus

The Master of Information Sciences gives you the option to focus and major in computer science (including topics such as artificial intelligence and graphics) or information technology (including topics such as mobile systems and security). Or you have the freedom to graduate without a major and mix and match the topics that interest you the most.

Topics you will study include

  • Massey Auckland: artificial intelligence, compilers, computer graphics, computer vision, parallel and distributed computing, operating systems and advanced computer systems.
  • Massey Palmerston North: empirical software engineering, program verification, human-computer interaction, technology - support learning, artificial intelligence, smart environment, machine learning, scientific computing, health informatics and graph algorithms.

Giving you relevant work experience

A professional practice project is a major part of this masters. You will have the opportunity to lead real projects for real companies on real issues that they wish to solve. This experience can directly lead to roles and add substantial value to your resume when you are seeking employment.

Why postgraduate study?

Postgraduate study is hard work but hugely rewarding and empowering. The Master of Information Sciences 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.

120-credit Master of Information Sciences (by thesis only)

You can also complete a Master of Information Sciences (by thesis only). This is a 120 credit research qualification for those who have completed the BInfSc (Hons) or PGDipInfSc.

A good fit if you:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in information sciences (or equivalent degree)
  • Want to progress your career to the next level
Dion Shepherd
Master of Information Sciences (Computer Science)
Graduated in 2015

“I believe Massey set me up very well to succeed in my chosen field of computer science…”

One of the things I found most useful about Massey’s master’s degree was getting to work with a company and see the real world applications of my learning. I think that made it so much easier to slip straight into a developer role, as I already understood the inner workings of real companies.

The way the programme at Massey is structured, from learning the basics of programming up to introducing more complex high level languages later in the degree, is a very successful method.

I was working full-time up until I turned 26 when I decided to get a degree. I had always liked messing around with computers and had built a few with friends over the years so it just seemed like a natural progression.

I went around all of the major universities that offered computer science. I met Chris (Scogings) at Massey who offered me the best advice on computer science. I also liked the idea of the small class sizes (compared to somewhere like Auckland) and I liked how the programs were structured at Massey.

My first year was hard, trying to get myself accustomed to studying again. Things got easier through second and third years when I realised that, because of the small class sizes, the computer science faculty were easy to approach and always willing to help out.

A highlight of my study was a summer internship with some of the staff and their research fields. It was very interesting to get involved in real world research.

I really enjoyed my honours degree too. I got to work closer with our lecturers and we had discussions around new technologies and new advancements in computer science on a more peer-to-peer basis.

Now I am a full time developer. That involves anything from website development, to server maintenance and mobile app development.


A Master in Information Sciences gives you the best of theory and practice in information sciences. You will have the ability to run projects in professional practice and it is a stepping stone into a leadership role. It will open up greater opportunities in your career, more quickly.

Earn more

A Ministry of Education report found that:

  • Earnings and employment rates increase with the level of qualification completed
  • Five years after leaving study, most young domestic graduates will be earning above the national median earnings
  • Young masters graduates earn 86 per cent more than the national median
  • Good careers are associated with better health, better wellbeing and more satisfying lives

World-leading lecturers

Massey’s information sciences staff are internationally-renowned for their research and teaching and learning methods. You will be working with internationally-recognised science practitioners, like:

Associate Professor Ian Bond

Associate Professor Ian Bond is an internationally-recognised computer scientist and astrophysicist. He is the principal investigator for MOA (Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics), an international astronomy study. His research projects at Massey have focused on microlensing, the most recent project developing computer software that has led to the internationally-significant discovery of free-floating ‘orphan’ planets that has major implications for understanding the dynamics of solar systems.

The MOA study focuses on a segment of roughly 50 million stars at the centre of the Milky Way, which are 25,000 light years away and are a fragment of the estimated 100-400 billion stars and 50 billion planets in the galaxy.

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