Overview

The Graduate Diploma of Information Technology provides you with the practical skills related to the design, construction, operation and support of Information Technology solutions. You’ll learn entry-level skills and techniques as well as the research skills needed to assess the effectiveness of a solution or technology. This qualification is also aimed at students from non-IT backgrounds who want to transition into the industry.

Your specialisation

Information Systems

The Information Systems specialisation helps students develop the expertise in analysing, protecting, designing and specifying information systems. Students learn how to critically analyse problems and work together in teams to solve design, technology and programming challenges while gaining assistance from facilitators.

Upgrade your skills

  • Data management
  • IT solution implementation
  • Computer architecture

Stretch your career further

  • Quantitative Research Analyst
  • Digital Workplace Analysis
  • Support Engineering
  • Network Technician

Key codes

CRICOS course code
083472C
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Why Swinburne?

Ranked top 10 Australian university for Computer Science and Electronics

85.1% of students found employment within 4 months of graduating

The median income for PG graduates nine years out is $105.5K

Qualifications

Applicants are required to have completed:

  • a bachelor degree (or higher award) in any discipline (with few or no studies in information technology – less than one third of the degree); or
  • the Graduate Certificate of Information Technology; or
  • the Postgraduate Qualifying Program (available to International applicants only).

Applicants are required to have completed:

  • a bachelor degree (or higher award) in any discipline (with few or no studies in information technology – less than one third of the degree); or
  • the Graduate Certificate of Information Technology; or
  • the Postgraduate Qualifying Program (available to International applicants only).
Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

How credit points work

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Information Technology students must complete 150 credit points comprising:

  • Eleven core units (137.5 credit points)
  • One elective (12.5 credit points).

Your units

Graduate Certificate

Completing 4 core units and 4 specialisation units entitles you to the graduate certificate.

4
Core units
+
4
Specialisation units
=
Graduate certificate
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Creating Web Applications
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COS60004
Data Management for the Big Data Age
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COS60009
User-Centred Design
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COS70004
Cloud Computing Architecture
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COS80001
Specialisation Units
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Graduate Diploma

Completing an additional 1 core, 1 specialisation and 1 elective unit entitles you to the graduate diploma.

4
Core units
+
4
Specialisation units
+
1
Core unit
+
1
Specialisation unit
+
1
Elective unit
=
Graduate diploma
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Big Data
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COS80023
Specialisation Units
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Units of study Unit code
Introduction to Data Science
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
COS60008
Object-Oriented Programming
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
COS70006
Internet Security
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
COS80013
Software Quality and Testing
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
COS80022
Data Visualisation
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
COS80025
Machine Learning
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
COS80027
Networks and Cybersecurity Frameworks
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
CYB60004
Cyber-Ethics
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
CYB70001
Operating System Management
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
ICT60001

Nested programs

The Graduate Diploma of Information Technology forms the second stage in a nested suite of programs. Continue studying with the:

Your specialisation

Units of study Unit code
Technology Inquiry Project
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
COS60010
Technology Design Project
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
COS60011
Requirements Analysis and Modelling
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
INF60010
Business Process Management
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
INF80028
Technology Innovation Project
Specialisation unit, 25.0 credit points
COS70008

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$34,300

Total fee* ($AUD)

$51,450

Commonwealth Supported Yearly Fee* ($AUD)

$8,948

Commonwealth Supported Total Fee* ($AUD)

$13,422

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$40,240.00

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

Two types of loans are available to assist with student study fees. Depending on eligibility, you’re able to apply for one of the loans outlined below.

  • FEE-HELP is a loan that’s available for full-fee paying higher education students. Depending on your eligibility, the Commonwealth Government can help pay all or part of your loan directly to Swinburne.
  • HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme that’s available if you’re enrolled in a Commonwealth-supported place. Depending on eligibility, a HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of your contribution amount.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Finances
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for FEE-HELP

You’re eligible for a FEE-HELP loan if you are studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or UniLink or OUA course at Swinburne, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens
  • are undertaking bridging study for overseas trained professionals and will be living in Australia for the duration of this study
  • have not exceeded the new combined Help Loan limit.
     

The HELP limit is the maximum amount you can borrow from the government in your lifetime towards your education costs. It is fixed and cannot be topped up.

Eligibility for HECS-HELP

You are eligible for a HECS-HELP loan if you have been offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for an undergraduate degree at Swinburne or a UniLink course, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen and doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 20 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

Representatives and agents
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Apply directly

Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! 

Course code
GD-IT1
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Course code
GD-IT1
CRICOS code
083472C
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Start dates
Location
Last date to apply
Start dates
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
24-July-2024
Start dates
29-July-2024
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Location
Start dates
Semester 2
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
29-July-2024
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