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.

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?

IT Security

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.

IT Services

Designed in partnership with IBM, to develop specialised information technology skills by providing up-to-date knowledge of recent developments in computing technology and practical IT consulting skills. Learn about cutting-edge work in computer science, operation research, business strategy, management sciences, social and cognitive sciences and the legal sciences to develop the skills needed in a services-led economy.


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 specialism 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.

Software Development

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.

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.

Why study postgraduate IT at Deakin?

Choose your specialisation

Deakin's Master of Information Technology offers the flexibility to tailor your course to suit your own needs. You may choose to specialise in IT Security, IT Services, Networking or Software Development in addition to selecting units from across a range of areas in order to obtain a broad grounding in IT.

Professional experience

The Master of Information Technology (Professional) is designed to extend the specialised skills obtained in the Master of Information Technology. You can undertake a trimester of industry-based, work-integrated learning or a trimester of research under the guidance and supervision of Deakin researchers.

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.


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.

Industry certifications

As part of the course, you have the opportunity to gain highly sought-after industry certifications – the Cisco Certified Network Association (CCNA) in the networking field and the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) in the security field – in conjunction with relevant work experience.

Supported learning environments

Small class sizes and accessible teaching staff help you get the best out of your university education and offer a friendly and supportive learning environment. You will also have access to well-equipped computer laboratories and numerous opportunities for hands-on experiential learning.

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