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Master of Information Technology

Postgraduate coursework

Prepare yourself for a successful career as an IT professional through our industry-informed curriculum and emphasis on practical experience.

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International student information

Key facts

Duration

The time and cost could be reduced based on your previous qualifications and professional experience. This means you can fast track the masters degree from 2 years down to 1.5 years, or even 1 year duration. See entry requirements below for more information.

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course overview

Deakin’s Master of Information Technology provides a combination of leading-edge theory and technical knowledge with hands-on practical experience. It will 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 range of transferrable skills that will enable you to be an effective and efficient IT professional.

Want to be at the forefront of cutting-edge tech and advance your career in any sector?

You will develop expert knowledge of the technical aspects of information technology as well as in-depth skills in your chosen area of specialisation.

This course is continually refined in consultation with industry to ensure the content is relevant and up-to-date with rapidly changing workplace demands. You’ll have the option to undertake an industry placement or internship, ensuring you gain the practical, job-ready skills employers are looking for and build valuable professional networks before graduating.

As a graduate, you will be highly sought-after for employment across a range of industries for your specialist skills and ability to meet future industry requirements.

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Course information

Award granted
Master of Information Technology
Year

2024 course information

Deakin code
S776
CRICOS code?
102805C Burwood (Melbourne)
Level
Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
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 9.

Course structure

To complete the Master of Information Technology, you will attain 8, 12, or 16 credit points, depending on your prior experience. 

The course is structured in four parts:

  • Foundation Information Technology Studies (4 credit points)
  • Fundamental Information Technology Studies (4 credit points)
  • Mastery Information Technology Studies (4 credit points)
  • Specialist Information Technology Studies (4 credit points)

Depending upon prior qualifications and/or experience, you may receive credit for the Foundation and Fundamental Information Technology Studies.

The course comprises a total of 16 credit points, which must include the following:

  • Twelve (12) credit points of core units
  • One 4-credit point specialisation OR four (4) level 7 SIT electives (four credit points) (excluding SIT771, SIT772, SIT773 and SIT774)
  • Completion of DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit point compulsory unit)

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.

11

Core units

1

Elective units

4

Specialisation units

16

Total

Core

Mandatory unit for all entry levels

  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Foundation Information Technology Studies

  • Object-Oriented Development
  • Database Fundamentals
  • Software Requirements Analysis and Modelling
  • Web Technologies and Development
  • Fundamental Information Technology Studies

  • Analytics for Security and Privacy
  • Applied Software Engineering
  • Information Technology Innovations and Entrepreneurship
  • Professional Practice in Information Technology
  • Mastery Information Technology Studies

  • Research and Development in Information Technology
  • Software Deployment and Operation
  • Team Project (A) - Project Management and Practices ~
  • Team Project (B) - Execution and Delivery
  • Specialist Information Technology Studies

    Four (4) core units from a chosen specialisation OR 

    Four (4) level 7 SIT electives (four credit points) (excluding SIT771, SIT772, SIT773 and SIT774)

    ~ Note: Students are expected to undertake SIT764 and SIT782 in consecutive trimesters. Students should seek advice from the unit chair if they are unable to complete SIT764 and SIT782 consecutively.

    Specialisations

    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:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Additional course information

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

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

    Further information can be found at Deakin’s Current Students website.

    Course duration

    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.

    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.

    Participation requirements

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

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

    Students commencing in Trimester 3 will be required to complete units in Trimester 3.

    Work experience

    You will have an opportunity to undertake a discipline-specific internship placement as part of your course. deakin.edu.au/sebe/wil.

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    Entry requirements

    Admission criteria

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum course entry requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Depending on your professional experience and previous qualifications, you may commence this course with admission credit and complete your course in 1 year full time (or part-time equivalent).

    Academic requirements

    1 year full-time (or part-time equivalent) - 8 credit points

    To be considered for admission to this degree (with 8 credit points of admission credit applied) you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree (honours) (AQF 8) or higher in a related discipline
    • completion of a bachelor degree in a related discipline, and at least two years' of relevant work experience (or part time equivalent)
    • Graduate Diploma of Information Technology (or equivalent)

    1.5 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) - 12 credit points 

    To be considered for admission to this degree (with 4 credit points of admission credit applied) you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher in a related discipline
    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher in any discipline, and at least two years' of relevant work experience (or part time equivalent)

    2 years full-time (or part-time equivalent) - 16 credit points 

    To be considered for admission to this degree (without admission credit applied*) you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher in any discipline

    ^Recognition of Prior Learning into the Master of Information Technology may be granted to students who have successfully completed appropriate postgraduate level studies.

    Related disciplines which may be considered include: information technology, computing, computer science, software engineering.

    *Credit for recognition of prior learning will still be considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more below.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning.  
      
    Not sure if you can get into Deakin postgraduate study? Postgraduate study doesn’t have to be a balancing act; we provide flexible course entry and exit options based on your desired career outcomes and the time you’re able to commit to your study.  

    Recognition of prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning.

    You can refer to the Recognition of prior learning system which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    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 the first year of this course. 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.

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    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.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    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

    Further study options

    Students wishing to continue their studies via a PhD program must include a Research Project in their Masters Program.

    S779 Master of Information Technology (Professional)

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    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.

    Professional recognition

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

    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

    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.

    Communication

    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.

    Self-management

    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.

    Teamwork

    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 17 August 2020