The Master of Information Technology is a 72-unit program offered by the School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics, within the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

The course articulates with the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology, and the sequentially developed topics allow progression through the awards. Candidates who have completed the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology are awarded credit for related topics.

Admission requirements

Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution. However, the Faculty Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature. 

Course aims

The course has been designed to provide graduates with:

  • a strong foundation in both the theoretical and the practical aspects of Information Technology and information systems management
  • an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a commitment to them
  • well developed written and oral communication skills
  • an ability to critically analyse, research and evaluate information and solve problems
  • an awareness of social, economic, cultural and environmental aspects of Information Technology
  • the ability to work professionally as an individual and as a member of multi-disciplinary teams
  • an understanding of the need to undertake lifelong learning and the capacity to do so
  • preparation for future professional roles as an information technologist.

The course provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study or for a career in a computing related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • competently use professional skills and knowledge in the systematic development of complex information systems
  • apply their skills and knowledge in a professionally responsible manner
  • communicate effectively with other computer scientists and the wider global community using a wide range of communication technologies
  • undertake research in Information Technology
  • work professionally as an individual and in a team
  • develop computer-based solutions appropriate to the social, political, international, economic and environmental contexts in which they are applied
  • engage in the process of research and the continuing learning needed to retain the necessary level of professional skills and knowledge in the area of Information Technology.

On completion of The Masters of Information Technology, students will be eligible for professional membership of the Australian Computer Society.

Program of study

To qualify for The Master of Information Technology, a student must complete 72 units, including approved credit, with a grade of P or NGP or better, according to the following program of study.

Core - Year 1 topics

36 units comprising:

 COMP8701  Fundamentals of Computing GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP8702  Computer Programming 1 GE  (4.5 units) *
 COMP8731  Software Engineering 1 GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP8761  Database and Conceptual Modelling GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP8772 Web-based Systems Development GE (4.5 units)
 ENGR9742  Standards, Ethics and Compliance  (4.5 units)
 ENGR8792  Software Engineering 2 GE  (4.5 units)
 STAT9702  Statistical Methods for Engineering and Science  (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 topics

22.5 units comprising #:

 COMP8741  Application Development GE  (4.5 units)*
 COMP9710A  Masters Project  (4.5/9 units) 
 COMP9710B  Masters Project  (4.5/9 units)
 ENGR9791  Software Engineering 3 GE  (4.5 units)
 ENGR8782  Computer Networks and Operating Systems GE  (4.5 units)

Option - Year 2 topics

Select 13.5 units from **:

 BUSN9027  E-Business  (4.5 units)
 COMP8781  Computer Mathematics GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP8782  Social and Information Networks GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP9712  Computer Programming 3 GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP9721  Enterprise Information Security GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP9722  Theory and Practice of Computation GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP9732  Enterprise Cloud Systems GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP9742  Intelligent Systems GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP9751  Interactive Computer Systems GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP9752  Computer Game Development GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP9771  Advanced Database GE  (4.5 units)
 COMP9781  Cybersecurity GE  (4.5 units)
 ENGR9704  Project Management for Engineering and Science GE  (4.5 units)

* With permission of the Director of Studies students entering with some programming experience in Java may enrol in COMP8741 Application Development GE in Year 1 and undertake an additional option topic in Year 2. Those with no programming experience in Java enrol in COMP8702  Computer Programming 1 GE  (4.5 units) in Year 1 and COMP8741 Application Development GE in Year 2.

# Students who commenced the degree prior to 2012 may seek permission from the Topic Co-ordinator to undertake the 18-unit COMP9700A Masters Thesis in place of the Masters Project and two option topics.

** With the permission of the Director of Studies, students may substitute the listed topics with CSEM electives from Table A listed under Computer Science/Information Technology, Digital Media or Software - Groups C, D or S.