Honours in Information Technology

About the IT Honours Program

The Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) is a one year course for graduates of information technology, computer science, cyber security, or an equivalent program of study. It provides you with a pathway to a Higher Degree by Research - Masters or PhD.

You will gain advanced technical and research skills that will prepare you for employment in consultancy, management, research and academia and that are highly valued by employers.

The course comprises coursework and research units. The coursework component provides you with advanced theoretical knowledge in fast-evolving IT areas that will underpin robust research or project development. The research component provides you with the opportunity to conduct a research project that will result in the production of a range of artefacts and a written thesis.

You will be assigned an academic supervisor with expertise in your interest area for the duration of your enrolment. You will also be able to attend research seminars to broaden your knowledge and be part of the Deakin research community.

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

Program information

The Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) 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.

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.

How to apply

Please follow the steps below to submit your application:

  1. Read the School of Information Technology 2020 Honours Projects booklet (PDF, 1MB) 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.
  2. Contact the project supervisor to discuss the project and seek their written (e-mail) agreement to supervise you.
  3. Complete the Honours Application form (DOCX, 30.9KB) and upload your signed application form into your online application via the Deakin applicant portal.

Key dates

TrimesterTrimester 2  2020
Applications closeMonday 29 June 2020
Trimester commencesMonday 13 July 2020


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

Dr Jan Carlo Barca
Honours Course Director
School of Information Technology, SEBE
Phone: +61 3 9244 5083
Email: jan.barca@deakin.edu.au

Dr Shang Gao
Honours Campus Coordinator, Waurn Ponds
School of Information Technology, SEBE
Phone: +61 3 5227 1383
Email: shang.gao@deakin.edu.au

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