Master of Research: Year 1 
This first year of the MRes consists of 8 units (32 credit points) of coursework. At the end of the year, after completing the coursework, you will decide on the topic of your Year 2 project. Full official details of the program are in the Handbook.
1. All Computing students should take the following three units, which are concerned with research skills in computing and a general overview of computing research.
- MRES700 Research Communication
- COMP700 Research Frontiers in Computing 1
- COMP777 Computing Methods for Research
2. Students should choose two units from the following, which are connected to the research groupings in the Department.
- COMP781 Advanced Algorithms
- COMP782 Advanced Topics in Theory and Practice of Software
- COMP783 Data Science and Machine Learning
- COMP752 Network and Systems Security
- COMP771 Information Systems Design and Management
You should choose the remaining three units from the following:
- Any of the research group-specific units above.
- Units co-badged with the Master of Information Technology:
COMP703 Computer Networks
COMP733 Big Data Technologies
- 700-level units from around the university.
The Handbook contains a list of these. Many of these will have prerequisites specific to the discipline; three that are aimed at students from across Science are:
COGS700 Foundations of Cognitive Science
COGS703 Advanced Principles of Cognitive Science: Memory, Self, and Cognitive Theory [subject to discussion with the MRes advisor]
COGS704 Advanced Principles of Cognitive Science: Memory, Self, and Cognitive Theory [subject to discussion with the MRes advisor]
ENVS708 Geographic Information Science
GEOS708 Scientific Visualisation and Scripting
STAT723 Statistical Graphics
STAT730 Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics
- There are other possibilities as well (for example, 800-level units in areas appropriate to potential projects in Year 2 of the MRes, including other units in the Master of Information Technology).
Once the program has been put together, it has to be approved by the MRes advisor, A/Prof Mark Dras.
By the second Wednesday of December, you will have decided on a topic for the Year 2 project. At this point you should send to the MRes advisor, Mark Dras, a document with the following information:
- the name of your supervisor or supervisory panel;
- the title of your project; and
- a summary of the main project goals and ideas (around 3 paragraphs).