Master of Information Technology

Course summary for current students

Year2018 course information
Award granted Master of Information Technology
Course Map

2018 course map

If you started your course before 2018, please refer to the plan your study page.

CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes
Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code035505G
Deakin course codeS778
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Deakin’s Master of Information Technology provides a combination of leading-edge theory and technical knowledge with hands-on practical experience to prepare you for a successful career as an IT professional in Australia and around the world.

Delivered in a supportive learning environment, this course will transform you into a competent IT professional with the capacity to develop and implement IT solutions to complex industry-related problems.

As a graduate, you will possess a solid understanding of the issues, concepts and practices in IT and a broad knowledge of the technological aspects of IT. You will also develop a raft of transferrable skills that will enable you to be an effective and efficient IT professional.

This course is continually refined in consultation with industry to ensure the content is relevant and up-to-date with rapidly changing workplace demands. As a graduate, you’ll be highly sought-after for employment across a range of industries for your specialist skills and ability to meet future industry requirements.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Indicative student workload

You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

Professional recognition

The Master of Information Technology is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Career opportunities

As a Master of Information Technology graduate, you may find employment as a business analyst, network administrator, database administrator, security analyst, solutions architect, software developer, technology consultant, or security systems manager.

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Information Technology (S578)
Graduate Diploma of Information Technology (S678)

Equipment requirements

For information regarding hardware and software requirements, please refer to the School of Information Technology's website, or telephone 03 9244 6699.

Income support

Domestic students enrolled in certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support through Youth Allowance and Austudy.

Further information can be found at Deakin University's Fees website.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

Develop a broad, coherent knowledge of the IT discipline, including its dynamic environment, with expert knowledge of the technological aspects of IT, and in depth knowledge in the chosen area of specialisation.  Design, develop and implement advanced IT systems and software, and associated policies and procedures for optimal use and apply industry standards and best practice in one or more specialised areas of IT.


Communicate effectively in order to design, evaluate and respond to advances in technology, future trends and industry standards and utilise a range of verbal, graphical and written forms, customised for diverse audiences including specialist and non- specialist clients, colleagues and industry personnel.

Digital literacy

Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, select, analyse, synthesise, evaluate, critique and disseminate both technical and professional information.

Critical thinking

Appraise complex information using critical and analytical thinking and judgement to identify problems, analyse user requirements and propose appropriate and innovative solutions.

Problem solving

Generate IT solutions through the application of specialised theoretical constructs, expert skills and critical analysis to real-world, ill-defined problems to develop appropriate and innovative IT solutions.


Take personal, professional and social responsibility within changing national and international professional IT contexts to develop autonomy as researchers and evaluate own performance for continuing professional development.  Work autonomously and responsibly to create solutions to new situations and actively apply knowledge of theoretical constructs and methodologies to make informed decisions.


Work independently and collaboratively towards achieving the outcomes of a group project, thereby demonstrating interpersonal skills including the ability to brainstorm, negotiate, resolve conflicts, manage difficult and awkward conversations, provide constructive feedback, and demonstrate the ability to function effectively in diverse professional, social and cultural contexts.

Global citizenship

Engage in professional and ethical behaviour in the design, development and management of IT systems, in the global context, in collaboration with diverse communities and cultures.

 Approved by Faculty Board 27 July 2017

Course rules

To complete the Master of Information Technology, students must attain 12 credit points.  Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 12 credit points, which must include the following:

  • four (4) core units
  • one 4-credit point specialisation
  • four level 7 SIT course grouped elective units
  • completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)


Refer to the details of each specialisation for availability.

Course structure


Four core units:

STP050Academic Integrity (0 credit points)

SIT725Software Engineering

SIT740Research and Development in Information Technology

SIT764Project Analysis and Design

SIT782Project Delivery



Select the remaining 4 credit points from a range of level 7 SIT course grouped elective units offered.

Work experience

You will have an opportunity to undertake a discipline-specific internship placement as part of your course.

Details of specialisations

Data Analytics


Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

Unit set code



The Data Analytics specialisation has been designed to provide students the opportunity to undertake study and develop technical skills in key areas of data analytics - data acquisition and modelling, data visualisation, and decision support leading to business intelligence.


SIT717Enterprise Business Intelligence

SIT718Real World Analytics

SIT742Modern Data Science

SIT744Practical Machine Learning for Data Science




Burwood (Melbourne)

Unit set code



Plan, install and manage both local area networks and wide area networks with a strong focus on network design, routing protocols and switching concepts. The specialisation incorporates the CISCO CCNA curriculum which prepares students for the CCNA industry certification. There is a strong focus on application development for networked systems and supporting user mobility from both application and network perspectives.


SIT701Enterprise Network Construction

SIT702Enterprise Network Management

SIT706Cloud Computing Technologies

SIT735Communications Network Security


Software and Services Development


Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

Unit set code



Gain theoretical and practical skills in current trends in the analysis, design and implementation of complex and large-scale software systems. Designed with input from industry leaders, there is a strong focus on the development of high quality software using methodologies, tools, techniques and management principles relevant to industry. There is emphasis on the development of web-based and distributed applications and the use and development of open source software.


SIT707Software Quality and Testing

SIT708Mobile Systems Development

SIT737Service Oriented Architectures and Technologies

SIT780Enterprise Applications Development


Cyber Security


Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

Unit set code



Develop skills in securing data, communications and infrastructure as well as investigating, analysing and providing solutions to computer crime. Students gain an understanding of problem solving, communication and technical capabilities related to Information Technology Security and the legal, regulatory and ethical contexts in which these skills are used. The security units provide a solid foundation in areas including information security, internet and network security, access controls and firewalls. In conjunction with work experience, the units prepare students towards certification as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional on completion of the CISSP exam administered by The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2.


SIT703Advanced Digital Forensics

SIT704Advanced Topics in Digital Security

SIT735Communications Network Security

SIT763IT Security Management


IT Strategy and Management


Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)

Unit set code



The IT Strategy and Management specialisation has been designed to provide students with an understanding of the skills required to effectively drive business process improvement, manage IT services, develop IT strategies and manage innovation.


SIT794Services Management

MIS782Value of Information

MIS712eBusiness Strategies

MPM712Managing Innovation


Virtual Reality


Burwood (Melbourne)

Unit set code



Virtual Reality (VR) is an immersive digital environment that can replicate lifelike physical environments or portray a fictional artificial world, and makes the user feel they are immersed in that environment in real-life. These can be viewed through a head mounted display (e.g. Oculus Rift and HTC Vive), a smartphone based display (e.g. Google Cardboard) or by standing within a cube or dome showing 3D projections on every surface. VR allows users to interact with these environments and can also create additional sensory experiences including virtual touch through haptic technology, smell, taste and sound. There is a strong emphasis on creating content that will assist in shaping the future of education, training and entertainment.

Career Outcomes

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality skills are in high demand across a range of industries and graduates may find employment as Virtual Reality Game Designers, Oculus Developers, Game Producers, 3D Designers and Gameplay Engineers to name a few.


SIT755Interaction and Design for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

SIT756Development for Virtual Reality

SIT757Content Creation for Virtual Reality

SIT758Virtual Reality On Mobile Platforms

Work Placement opportunity:

SIT759 Virtual Reality Professional Practice (4 credit points) only available as an elective to students undertaking the Virtual Reality specialisation (students must have successfully completed STP710 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)). Conditions apply.

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.