Master of Computing - Computer Science Specialisation



The Master of Computing in Computer Science (MComp CS) offers you the opportunity to delve deep into the core areas of computer science, hone your expertise, and learn about the recent advances in the field. You will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to face new technical challenges and expand your career options as IT professionals and leaders.

The programme emphasises the fundamentals of computer science while providing the flexibility to pursue knowledge in your interest areas. You can choose from a diverse range of modules, spanning areas like computer systems, data management, programming language, software engineering, artificial intelligence (Al), human-computer interaction (HCI), and algorithms. You will also have the option to push the boundaries of innovation and work closely with a professor on a research project of your interest. 

Structure of Programme

Students admitted to the Master of Computing are required to pass 40 modular credits, and are given the flexibility to complete their programme by selecting one of the below options:

1 - Coursework Option
Students are required to pass ten modules (40 modular credits), with at least five modules (20 modular credits) selected from their specialisation. The remaining five non-specialisation modules (20 modular credits) can be chosen from level 4000 to 6000 modules offered by the School of Computing.

Out of the required maximum ten modules, students are allowed a maximum of two levels 4000 modules and two modules (must be at least level 5000) from other faculties.

2 - Project Option
The project option provides experience for individual students to work on a significant computing project. It aims to prepare students with sufficient practical and/or research experiences in the computing field. Students who choose to embark on the project option will need to complete eight modules (32 modular credits) with at least four modules (16 modular credits) from the area of specialisation. Out of the eight modules, students are allowed at most two levels 4000 modules (8 modular credits).

3 - Dissertation Option
The dissertation option gives individual students the opportunity for independent study and research in the area of their selected specialisation. The dissertation is equivalent to four modules (16 modular credits). Students who opt to take the dissertation will need to complete six modules (24 modular credits) with at least three modules (12 modular credits) from the area of specialisation. Out of the six modules, students are allowed at most two levels 4000 modules (8 modular credits).

Both the project and dissertation will be carried out under the supervision of academic staff, and the selection of the topic/area will be done in consultation with the supervisor in the area of expertise.

Modules Offered in the Specialisation

Module Code
 Module Title
CS4249 Phenomena and Theories of Human-Computer Interaction
CS5218  Principles of Program Analysis
CS5223 Distributed Systems 
CS5228 Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining 
CS5229 Advanced Computer Networks 
CS5232 Formal Specification and Design Techniques 
CS5233 Simulation and Modelling Techniques 
CS5234 Algorithms at Scale 
CS5239  Computer Systems Performance Analysis
CS5250 Advanced Operating Systems 
CS5340 Uncertainty Modeling in AI 
CS5421 Database Applications Design and Tuning 
 CS5446 AI Planning and Decision Making


Duration of Programme

The normal candidature periods for full-time and part-time students are 1.5 years and 2.5 years respectively. The maximum candidature is 3 years. Students who are admitted from AY2019/2020 onwards are required to pay full unsubsidised tuition fees for their extended semesters if they complete their programme beyond their normal candidature period.


The maximum and minimum workload for part-time candidates per semester are 12 and 4 modular credits respectively. Candidates who are on full-time candidature can have a maximum and minimum workload of 20 and 12 modular credits respectively per semester.

Continuation / Graduation Requirements

The Master of Computing programme uses the Cumulative Average Point (CAP) as a criterion for continuation and graduation. The University sets the minimum standards and specific programmes may implement stricter or additional requirements. For more information on the University’s continuation requirements and duration of the programme, please refer here.

In order to graduate from the MComp programme, students are required to fulfil the programme and specialisation requirements, as well as achieve a minimum final CAP of 3.0.

Current Intake: January 2021
Application Period: 01 Jan 2021 to 15 March 2021


The deadlines for submission of application forms are as follows:


Online Application (open date)

Closing Date for receipt of applications

August intake

01 January

15 March

January intake

15 August

15 September of previous year

* Applicants will be notified of the outcome by postal mail by mid-end May (August intake) or mid-end November (January intake). The application outcome will also be available via the online Graduate Admission System.


Candidates may apply for admission into the MComp Programme to specialise in one of these areas:

  • Artificial Intelligence; or
  • Computer Science; or 
  • Infocomm Security; or
  • Information Systems

The School of Computing has introduced a new Artificial Intelligence Systems specialisation to keep pace with the market demand for Information Systems jobs that are related to application of tools, IT leadership, functional groups interaction in organisations, people management, budgeting, vendor and IT project management. The IS specialisation which covers three key broad areas – Management of IS Functions, IS Project Management and Using Information for Business, will offer IT professionals, with or without a Computer Science degree, a wider and more flexible choice of project management, managerial and technical modules.

The candidates should possess:

  • A good honours degree in computing; or
  • A good honours degree in a related discipline with 2 years IT industry experience; or
  • A good bachelor's degree in computing with 2 years IT industry experience; or
  • A good bachelor's or honours degree in business related discipline with 2 years IT industry experience

Candidates with degrees in Electronic Commerce/ Engineering/ Economics/ Statistics/ Mathematics can also be considered for admission to the Information Systems specialisation.

The above admission requirements are the minimum requirements. Admission is on a competitive basis and preference will be given to students with IT related job experiences.


International applicants* are to submit GRE/ GMAT/ TOEFL/ IELTS test scores as evidence which demonstrates their academic and language ability and readiness for graduate study. Candidates may be required to sit for other tests as prescribed by the School.

Candidates who have graduated from Indian universities may submit GATE scores instead.

Candidates should have a minimum GRE score of 320 (verbal & quantitative) and 3.5 (analytical), or a GMAT score of 650 and above. The minimum TOEFL scores for Internet Based Test (IBT) is 90; or IELTS score of 6.0. GRE and TOEFL scores will be valid for 5 years and 2 years respectively.

*International applicants who graduated from universities where English is not the main medium of communication must submit TOEFL or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores.


Singapore Digital (SG:D) Scholarship (Postgraduate)

The SG:D Scholarship (Postgraduate) is an industry scholarship that empowers students pursuing Infocomm Media (ICM) related studies at the Masters or PhD level. Students pursuing postgraduate studies in specialised ICM areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Analytics, Immersive Media, and Digital Content Creation can chart your future with this scholarship.

Scholarship details and eligibility criteria can be found here.

OCBC AI Scholarship

The scholarship is aimed at attracting and grooming budding data scientists to deepen the OCBC's talent pool as it gears towards becoming a leading AI-driven financial institution. This scholarship is offered to eligible students enrolled in the Master of Computing in AI specialisation.

Details of the scholarship can be found here


The Master of Computing (with specialisations) tuition fees for new students admitted to Semester 2, AY2020/2021 (January 2021 intake) is:


Semester 2, AY2020/2021 (January 2021 intake)
– MComp Programme (with Specialisations)

excluding GST


Singaporeans and Singapore PRs may enjoy tuition fee subsidies.

    • The above tuition fees is subject to 7% GST (Goods & Services Tax).
    • Applicants are required to make an application fee of S$50 for each application submitted.
    • Admission to the programme is on a competitive basis. A non-refundable and non-transferable
    acceptance fee of S$5,000, which will be credited towards your tuition fees, is payable upon acceptance of offer.
    • The above stated programme fee allows students to take to 40 modular credits (MCs). Students who are required to take modules beyond 40MCs for programme completion are subject to supplementary tuition fees.
    • All students will also be required to pay for the Miscellaneous Student Fees (MSF). The miscellaneous student fees payable can be found here.
    • SkillsFuture Credit can be found here.
    • All fees quoted here are in Singapore Dollars (S$), and may be subject to change. The University reserves the right to alter the fees at any time without prior notice.

Study Awards

Candidates who are successfully admitted to the MComp programme for Semester 2, AY2020/2021 may be provided with the MComp Study Awards. The awards are given on a competitive basis to deserving candidates. For a transition period of three years from Academic Year 2020/21, priority for study awards shall be given to applicants who are Singapore Citizens and Singapore PRs. Applicants do not need to apply for the awards as eligible candidates will be notified in the admission offer.

Candidates who are already in receipt of full scholarships or sponsorship support are not eligible for the Study Awards. Those who are in receipt of partial scholarship/sponsorship shall have proportionally reduced study awards.


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15 November 2020