Information technology

The IT industry is thriving! As an essential component to innovation and productivity across a wide range of sectors, it is also at the very centre of the way we work, learn, communicate, socialise and entertain ourselves. This creates exciting career opportunities, so studying IT can be one of the best preparations for the future.

Undergraduate (Bachelor) degrees
Bachelor of Information TechnologyCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Computer ScienceCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Games Design and DevelopmentCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of IT SecurityCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Information Systems/Bachelor of Information TechnologyCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Bachelor of Criminology/Bachelor of IT SecurityCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Postgraduate degrees
Graduate Certificate of Information TechnologyCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Graduate Diploma of Information TechnologyCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Information TechnologyCourse information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Information Technology (Professional)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students
Master of Science (Research)Course information for:Local StudentsInternational Students

What can I study?

Information technology - undergraduate

Studying information technology provides you with the knowledge, skills and experience necessary to keep abreast of this rapidly changing field. In addition to gaining a core set of IT skills that are relevant in almost every industry, you have the opportunity to choose from a diverse range of IT specialisations, from technical (cloud computing and programming) to the creative (interactive media design and game development), depending on your interests and career aspirations.

Computer science

Computer science equips you with the skills to design and develop advanced software and systems, along with the capacity to create and integrate new computing technologies that enhance effective business operations in today's digital age. With a focus on the technological aspects of IT, including analytics, cloud computing, programming, software engineering and database development and administration, develop the knowledge, skills and competencies to build a wide range of applications to solve the technological challenges of today and tomorrow.

IT security

IT Security provides an emphasis on understanding and assessment within a working environment as well as  development of a sound knowledge base in the general issues, concepts, practices and solutions related to computer security, cryptography, systems security and security management along with business, ethical and legal implications of risk management. An additional option is to combine with criminology which looks at securing data, data communication and providing solutions to computer crime.

Games design and development

The design and development of computer games requires a balanced mix of creative skills along with technical programming skills. Studies in game design and development provide foundation skills and the necessary knowledge to develop modern computer game software. Learn how to design, build and manage computer game projects through multidisciplinary teams, using industry standard approaches and programming languages, within dynamic development environments.

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Undergraduate IT at Deakin

Practical experience

As a Deakin information technology (IT) student you gain an edge in the job market through the combination of hands-on experience and high-level theoretical training that our courses provide. You learn by doing, rather than just seeing.

Professional recognition

Professional accreditation by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) means your degree is recognised in industry, resulting in stronger job outcomes. You can also choose to study units at Deakin that lead to Cisco certification, giving you a relevant, practical qualification.

Maintaining relevance

We recognise the importance of being closely aligned with the IT industry, maintaining strong industry links through  representatives from organisations such as Telstra, ANZ and Computershare. These industry representatives provide us with curriculum advice, keeping our courses current and relevant to industry needs, which is key in a sector where change is constant.

Learn from experts

Our staff conduct high quality research, generating new, fundamental knowledge which assists industry to advance their technologies and to maintain a competitive edge.

Flexible study options

Genuine flexibility is a key feature of our courses, where you can study full-time or part time, in Geelong, Melbourne or via cloud learning (off campus and online), where Deakin embraces the best of new and emerging technologies.

Modern facilities with the latest technology

Deakin continually invests in its facilities and IT programs, ensuring you have access to the latest software in fully equipped computer labs from day one of your course.

Industry experience

Every IT student at Deakin undertakes an internship, providing you with an opportunity to apply your learning and gain valuable industry experience which is credited towards your degree. An internship enables you to experience a professional work environment, develop professional networks and explore career opportunities before you graduate.

High achieving students also have opportunities to apply for full-time, part-time or short-term industry-based learning placements, with industry-funded scholarships on offer.


Deakin University is committed to attracting more female students to its information technology courses. Designed to 'ignite' female interest in non-traditional areas of study and work, IGNITED Scholarships are awarded to successful applicants commencing an undergraduate degree in information technology.

Deakin University also offers scholarships for academic excellence, access and equity, accommodation and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, ensuring higher education is accessible for all members of the community.

Experience the world while you study

Study Abroad

Our Study Abroad and Exchange Office offers various programs, including exchange, study abroad, short-term study programs, study tours and international volunteer opportunities.

Global Science and Technology Program

The Global Science and Technology Program at Deakin is designed to add an international experience to your IT degree, supporting you to develop new skills and a broader world view while studying overseas.

Well-rounded graduates

IT skills are applicable in more than just the information and communications technology (ICT) sector and can open up employment opportunities in just about any industry. You will also develop important employability skills in critical thinking, analysis, investigation and evidence-based decision making.


Postgraduate IT at Deakin

Information technology – postgraduate

Deakin's postgraduate IT courses provide a combination of leading-edge theory and technical knowledge plus hands-on practical experience to prepare you for a successful career as an IT professional in Australia and around the world.

Advance your skills

Our postgraduate IT programs strengthen, build and extend your IT skills. You will gain a positive approach to problem solving while focusing on practical experience and a supervised project that provides you with the advanced project management skills required to tackle complex, industrially-focused problems head on.

Professional accreditation

Our Master of Information Technology and Master of Information Technology (Professional) are accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS), providing international recognition and eligibility for membership of the ACS.


With a number of units available in off-campus mode, the Master of Information Technology provides you with the flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle, work and other commitments. You also have the opportunity to exit the masters program early with a Graduate Certificate of Information Technology or Graduate Diploma of Information Technology if desired.

By professionals, for professionals

Deakin's postgraduate IT courses have been designed by professionals for professionals to give you the best opportunity to succeed in this highly competitive industry. Our courses are informed by professionals working in industry leading organisations including IBM, Telstra, ANZ and Computershare ensure our courses remains relevant to changing workplace needs.

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Master of Science (Research) 

The first course of its kind to be offered at Deakin University, the Master of Science (Research) is distinctive. Comprising a unique combination of coursework and research, it provides the ideal pathway between undergraduate study and a doctoral degree. Students have the flexibility to choose one of a variety of specialisations according to their research interests and career aspirations.

Work-ready graduates

In today's IT job market multi-skilling, multi-tasking and cross-skilling are highly valued and Deakin graduates are well placed for a successful career in this industry. We aim for our graduates to be well-rounded IT professionals with significant exposure to a diverse range of IT practices and the ability to meet the future needs of this ever-evolving, fast-moving industry.

Career opportunities?

A career in IT has almost endless possibilities. In today's IT job market multi-skilling, multi-tasking and cross-skilling are highly valued and Deakin graduates are well placed for a successful career in this industry. Our graduates are well-rounded IT professionals with the ability to meet the future needs of this ever-evolving, fast-moving industry.

Depending on which IT area you specialise in, you may work in a range of fields including software engineering, systems or business analysis, iOS or Android development, games design, network engineering, multimedia system design, 3D graphic design, database and web design, object-oriented and procedural programming or IT security.

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