Overview

The Master of Information Technology course is designed for students who wish to master theoretical and practical skills related to the design, construction, operation, support, and maintenance of IT solutions. Upon graduation students, will be able to undertake professional work in the field of Information and Communication Technology.

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Your specialisation

Software Development

The Software Development specialisation specifically targets software developers who can develop and test computer programs as well as manage software quality. Students engage in project workand learn how to critically analyse problems, finding effective solutions. Students will also gain experience in ICT research in non-academic contexts such as legal, government, commercial and software production environments.

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
001742J
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.

Strong industry connections and co-creation

As part of the Master of Information Technology, all students are required to undertake the capstone project normally in their final semester. It requires students to work with industry clients from external organisations or businesses to deliver viable solutions to real-world problems. 

Students who achieve a Credit average have the option of completing 12 week of professional masters internship, an internship which is credited to their degree as work experience.

Professional accreditations

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

Ranked top 100 in the world for Computer Science and Engineering

ARWU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

Qualifications

Applicants are required to have completed:

  • a bachelor degree (or higher award) in any discipline from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent; or
  • the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Information Technology; or
  • the Postgraduate Qualifying Program (available to International applicants only)
     

Applicants who have additional qualifications may be eligible to enter the program with Advanced Standing and may be able to complete the program in less than two years.

Applicants are required to have completed:

  • a bachelor degree (or higher award) in any discipline from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent; or
  • the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Information Technology; or
  • the Postgraduate Qualifying Program (available to International applicants only)
     

Applicants who have additional qualifications may be eligible to enter the program with Advanced Standing and may be able to complete the program in less than two years.

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 Master of Information Technology students must complete 14 units of study (200 credit points) as follows:

  • Six IT core units (75 credit points)
  • One Specialisation (100 credit points) consisting of:
    • Two core units (25 credit points)
    • Four technology projects (75 credit points)
  • Two electives (25 credit points)

Your units

Graduate Certificate

Completing 4 core and 4 specialisation units entitles you to a 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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Masters degree

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

5
Core units
+
5
Specialisation units
+
1
Elective unit
+
1
Core unit
+
1
Specialisation unit
+
1
Elective unit
=
Masters degree
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Web Application Development
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COS80021
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
Internship Project
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
ICT80004
Advanced Business Analysis
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
INF80001
Business Analysis Practice
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
INF80006

Software Development specialisation units

Unit COS70008 should be completed as part of the Graduate Diploma and COS80029 as part of the Masters. 

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
Object-Oriented Programming
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
COS70006
Technology Innovation Project
Specialisation unit, 25.0 credit points
COS70008
Software Quality and Testing
Specialisation unit, 12.5 credit points
COS80022
Technology Application Project
Specialisation unit, 25.0 credit points
COS80029

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$34,300

Total fee* ($AUD)

$68,600

Commonwealth Supported Yearly Fee* ($AUD)

$8,948

Commonwealth Supported Total Fee* ($AUD)

$17,896

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 2023 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 Fees (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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Course code
MA-IT1
CRICOS code
001742J
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Hawthorn
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21-February-2024
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26-February-2024
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Hawthorn
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24-July-2024
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29-July-2024
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