Honours in Information Technology

Extend your prior learning in IT to gain a deeper understanding of your chosen discipline through research exploration with the Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)

Through an Honours degree, you'll be able to gain in-depth knowledge of your chosen discipline and explore deeper approaches to future technologies, whilst opening doors to further research such as a Higher Degree by Research Masters or PhD.

Graduates with Honours are in high demand for their investigative, exploratory and lateral thinking approach to IT. You'll work together with supervisors on a project, helping to reinforce the skills and knowledge you have and work towards contributing new ideas to IT.

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The course comprises coursework and research units.  The coursework component will develop your research methods and practical skills and give you the opportunity to explore up to date advanced topics in information technology.

The research component comprises two 2-credit-point honours project units where you will complete a research project under the direction of your academic supervisor. The project will result in a robust written piece of work that may result in a publishable piece of work.

Research activities may include an introductory presentation, documented research design, literature reviews, final thesis and seminar presentation of your findings. Your academic supervisor will guide you through these activities.

Your project can focus on one of Deakin’s many IT discipline areas, including:

  • application development – plan, design and develop profitable web, desktop, mobile and business apps
  • cloud computing – develop expertise to construct solutions using virtualisation, enterprise networks, system security and cloud infrastructure
  • creative technologies – integrate innovative computing concepts with the needs of a 21st-century lifestyle
  • game development – use the latest games engines to create interactive tools for entertainment and education
  • cyber security – identify, diagnose and resolve the challenges of safeguarding data and systems
  • virtual and augmented reality – revolutionise the way companies work to overcome physical and geographical barriers.
  • data-driven intelligent systems - solve problems for data, data modelling, complex networks and decision-making based on advanced data science, mathematics and machine learning.

You can enrol either at our Burwood (Melbourne) or Waurn Ponds (Geelong) campuses, or as an online student (Cloud).

Admission criteria

To apply for admission to the Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours), you must have:

  1. a Bachelor degree or major in a related discipline with a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) of at least 65% in all level 3 and level 4 units (for Deakin awards) or final year units (for awards from other providers), OR;
  2. other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

Admission is subject to the availability of a suitable research project, suitable supervisor and adequate resources to support the proposed project.

Project booklet

We provide a number of project ideas for Honours. Take a look through our booklet. Always check with the principle supervisor as projects may change. The booklet is updated regularly as projects become available

Project booklet (PDF)

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Key dates and contact

Honours applications for 2022 need to be received by the following closing dates:

  • Trimester 1 2022: Monday 20 February 2022
  • Trimester 2 2022: Monday 27 June 2022

For more information about the Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) please contact:

Dr Chetan Arora
Honours Course Director
School of Information Technology, SEBE
Phone: +61 3 9244 5669
Email: chetan.arora@deakin.edu.au

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

How to apply

Take a look through the projects booklet to see if there is an existing project that interests you. You may also contact the Course Director to discuss your own project proposal and identify a potential supervisor

Contact the project supervisor to discuss the project and seek their written (e-mail) agreement to supervise you.

After you have had a discussion and agreed upon a project, you will need to complete our two-part application process:

  1. Complete the Honours application form (DOCX, 30.9KB)
  2. A formal application through Deakin's applicant portal, attaching the completed Honours application form.
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