Honours in Information Technology

About the IT Honours Program

The IT Honours program is designed to extend high achieving students and encourage them to undertake higher degrees by research. Successful completion of the Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) will enable students to apply to undertake a PhD in the field.

The course offers the option to either choose an honours project that is a continuation of their third year capstone project (if the student is completing an undergraduate degree), or do a research project to prepare for postgraduate research, potentially leading to a career in research.

All participants in the course will be assigned an academic supervisor for the duration of their study to guide, enrich and extend their student experience. The course also provides the opportunity to attend research seminars to broaden their knowledge in and experience at first hand the cutting edge research happening at Deakin and in the wider research community.

The advanced coursework and research skills gained during the course are attributes highly valued by organisations seeking to employ graduates in consultancy, management, research and academia.

Program information

The Honours program comprises:

  • Research project (thesis and presentation) - 75%
  • Advanced coursework and research training - 25%

A major part of the program is a research project carried out under the supervision of an academic member (or members) of the School. The project should be such that it can reasonably be completed in 6-8 months and the nature of the project should be such that it can be expected to result in a paper publishable in a recognised scientific journal.

Students will be required to present an initial seminar outlining their research design, and a final seminar on the results of their research project, and submit a thesis.

Three coursework modules will also be completed, including a literature review, research design and elective modules.

Admission criteria

To be eligible for admission to the IT Honours program applicants must have successfully completed a Bachelor of Information Technology, or equivalent, and have an overall level of academic performance of 65% or greater in their level 3 units.

In the case of students continuing on to Honours from their undergraduate program, admission also depends on a suitable research project and the availability of a supervisor. In addition, adequate resources must be available for supporting the student's research.

How to apply

The first step in securing a place in the program for 2018 is to review the School of IT Honours Project Booklet (PDF 478KB) and contact supervisors to discuss potential projects.

When you have met with a supervisor and agreed on a project, please complete the 2018 Honours Application Form (PDF 154KB . Please ensure the supervisor provides confirmation by either signing the application form or sends you an email confirmation.

The signed application form (and supervisor confirmation via signature or email) must then be submitted to your campus Course Advisor (see below)  by the application closing date. You must then formally apply via the online applicant portal.

Course Advisors:Burwood: SEBE Burwood Enquiries
Waurn Ponds:  SEBE Geelong Enquiries

Application closing dates:
Commencing Semester 1, 2018:  Monday 22 January 2018
Commencing Semester 2, 2018:  Monday 25 June 2018

Key dates

IT Honours applications close on:

Commencing Semester 1, 2018:  Monday 22 January 2018
Commencing Semester 2, 2018:  Monday 25 June 2018

IT Honours commences on:

Semester 1, 2018: Monday, 29 January 2018
Semester 2, 2018: Monday, 2 July 2018

Please note, all students must commence on the specified commencement date for their respective semester.


For more information on the IT Honours Program, please contact:

Dr Jingyu Hou
Honours Course Director
School of Information Technology, SEBE
Phone:    +61 3 9251 7448
Email:  jingyu.hou@deakin.edu.au

Dr Shang Gao
Honours Campus Coordinator, Waurn Ponds
School of Information Technology, SEBE
Phone:     +61 3 5227 1383
Email:   shang.gao@deakin.edu.au

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