Course details

Master of Software Development
Domestic tuition $12,762 per year
International tuition $53,768
NZQF Level 9

About the course

The Master of Software Development (MSwDev) is a one-year 180-point Master’s degree designed for students from a range of technical and non-technical backgrounds to help them explore career pathways in the thriving ICT industry.

Our experienced lecturers will teach students core programming skills and concepts, which students can then apply in internships (commonly paid) where they will work on real-world projects with local businesses.

Students will understand the fundamentals of programming so that they are able to pick up new techniques, languages, libraries and approaches required in the industry. Topics students will learn about include Java, data structures, version control, networking, databases, security, web systems, agile, development methodologies, design patterns, and AI.

Entry requirements

This conversion programme has been designed for people who don’t have much (if any) prior software development knowledge. You could have studied something completely different or may want to change careers. We will teach you what you need to know.

It is, however, preferred that you have an aptitude for or basic level of experience with programming (e.g., learned some in high school or while at university, followed an online course, or done some hobby coding), so that you know you want to work in software development .

If you have a Bachelor’s degree with a B average in a stream other than computer science, and a desire to have software development skills, then this is the path to your new career. Recent graduates as well as experienced candidates who want to broaden their career opportunities, upskill or reskill, are welcome.

Your application will be assessed and approved by the Head of the School.

About the provider

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city university, located at the centre of culture, creativity, government, technology and lawmaking.

Ranked number 1 for research quality, we are one of New Zealand's oldest and most prestigious tertiary institutions with a proud tradition of academic excellence. We carry out world-class research and teaching that has global impact.

At Wellington's University, you’ll be pushed to think independently and inspired to succeed. Be part of our diverse and friendly community in the thriving capital.