Graduate Certificate of Internet of Things

Postgraduate coursework

Advance your career in IT by exploring how IoT technologies can enhance business operations, with a focus on designing and building scalable architecture.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at


1 year part-time


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Course overview

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the pervasive interconnection of many millions and billions of physical devices that are equipped with data sensing, storing and actuating capabilities, and often integrated with intelligent computing systems. In today’s digital and data-driven world, the rapid growth in IoT is driving technological advancements and innovation in many industries, such as smart cities, smart factories, health care, agriculture, and so forth.

This course responds to increased demand for professionals equipped with the skills to harness the potential of IoT technologies and reshape industries. There are many benefits of integrating and deploying IoT solutions for businesses, including IoT, including improved agility, scalability, and efficiency. This course is ideally suited to those with an IT background who are keen to upskill by exploring how IoT technologies can enhance business operations.

Want to gain expert IoT skills and advance your career?

You will focus on designing and building scalable architecture to support the rapid growth of IoT devices and explore embedded systems development. Identifying and assessing security risks, rules and regulations in IoT will also be at the forefront of your studies.

In addition to acquiring skills in scalable architecture, embedded systems and the implementation of security mechanisms for IoT applications, you will also have the opportunity to choose studies in either computer networks and network security or software deployment depending on your area of interest.

With more connected things than people in the world today, the adoption of IoT technologies continues to grow at a rapid pace. There is a growing demand for skilled professionals who understand the complexity of IoT technologies and possess the ability to design and deploy safe, secure and successful IoT solutions to meet business demands.

Following completion of this course you will be highly sought after for specialist roles within IT and related industries that require expert skills in order to take advantage of the opportunities IoT provides.

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Internet of Things

2023 course information

Deakin code
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Internet of Things, students must attain 4 credit points (one year part- time study), which must include the following:

  • Four (4) core units (4 credit points)
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.


  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Software Architecture and Scalability for Internet of Things
  • Embedded Systems Development
  • Developing Secure Internet of Things Applications
  • Plus choose one from:

  • Computer Networks and Security
  • Software Deployment and Operation
  • Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:

      No intake in Trimester 2, 2023.

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – Please note that due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol online.

    Additional course information

    Course duration - additional information

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

    Mandatory student checks

    Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.


    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.

    Participation requirements

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • Bachelor Degree in a related discipline, OR
    • Bachelor Degree AND two years relevant work experience, OR
    • Graduate Certificate of Information Technology or equivalent, OR
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.  (more details)

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Recognition of prior learning

    Deakin aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations.

    Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course with Deakin, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed with Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning Page which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin degree and how to apply for credit.

    Recognition of Prior Learning may be granted to applicants based on prior studies and/or equivalent industry experience.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of Prior Learning you have.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of study. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

    Learn more about tuition fees.

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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    Apply through Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page.

    Deakin International office or Deakin representative

    Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    After successfully completing your graduate certificate, you can continue your study by using the credit points you’ve earned to enter the:


    Career outcomes

    In competitive markets where businesses are constantly striving to increase profit, reduce costs and provide exceptional customer satisfaction, there is a huge potential for leveraging IoT and related technologies. The broad range of applications for IoT devices spans consumer, commercial, industrial and infrastructure sectors.

    A growing portion of IoT devices are created for consumer use, including connected vehicles, smart home automation and wearable technology, whereas organisational IoT applications span healthcare, transportation, manufacturing, agriculture, energy management, environmental monitoring, construction and finance. As a Deakin IoT graduate, will be highly sought after for employment across these areas and ready to take a leading role in IoT integration and deployment.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

    Use advanced and integrated knowledge of Internet of Things (IoT) to guide, manage and support successful development, deployment, and operations of IoT solutions.


    Communicate details in relation to Internet of Things solutions with technical and non-technical stakeholders using adequate terminologies and communication structure.

    Digital literacy

    Use digital media to locate, collect and evaluate information from technical channels and apply information to identify approaches and solutions that meet user requirements.

    Critical thinking

    Exercise independent and critical judgement in relation to the design, development, and deployment of software solutions using the Internet of Things.

    Problem solving

    Apply specialised, knowledge, skills, and techniques to design and implement solutions involving technologies associated with the Internet of Things.

    Approved by Faculty Board 10 June 2021