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Master of Information Technology (Professional Computing)

MA-ITPC1 Postgraduate Sydney CRICOS code: 061755G

The Master of Information Technology (Professional Computing) is a 12-unit program of advanced studies in information technology (IT) with an emphasis on enhancing the ability of graduates to gain professional employment in the IT industry.

Admission to the Master of Information Technology (Professional Computing) is available to applicants who have completed a recognised bachelor degree in information technology related discipline covering at least the fundamental knowledge of computer programming, web system development, database, and business applications of computer systems.


If you’re an international student living outside Australia, you can currently only study this course online from your home country. Before applying, please make sure you meet the minimum English language entry requirements (we now accept some take-home English tests).


12 Units – 2 Years


28 January 2020 | 25 May 2020 | 14 September 2020

Study modes


Study fees

AU$26,070 (annual for 2020)*

*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. All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

“Swinburne was the obvious choice for me. The course offers a variety of units to choose from and the project work has given me insight into workplace practices. Swinburne has students from almost every part of the world and the environment is very friendly, which makes it easy to adapt for someone coming from a different country.”


Master of Information Technology (Professional Computing)

Course information in detail

- Course detail, course structure and units of study.

The Master of Information Technology (Professional Computing) is concerned with the mastery of theoretical knowledge and practical skills related to the design, construction, operation, support and maintenance of information technology (IT) solutions. This course will provide you with advanced skills and introduces state-of-the-art techniques used in the design and construction of IT solutions, as well as the research skills needed to assess the effectiveness of a solution or technology. You will gain specialist skills and become capable of working with information technology solutions at an advanced level.

This course provides graduates with knowledge and skills allowing them to seek professional work at an advanced level in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and as a pathway for research and further learning. The Master of Information Technology (Professional Computing) allows IT graduates to further specialise or supplement their knowledge in selected ICT areas.

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Information Technology (Professional Computing), students must complete 12 units of study (150 credit points) as follows:

2 IT core units (25 credit points)
8 specialisation-specific core units (100 credit points)
2 IT electives (25 credit points)

Credits can be granted for prior study.  

Maximum Academic Credit
The maximum level of credit that can be granted for the Master of Information Technology (Professional Computing) is 75 credit points (normally six units).

Units of study

IT Core units
Complete both units (25 credit points)

  • INF70005 Strategic Project Management
  • COS70004 User-Centred Design

Specialisation-specific core units
Complete all of the following specialisation areas (100 credit points):

  • COS70006 Object Orientated Programming
  • COS80013 Internet Security
  • INF80043 IS/IT Risk Management
  • TNE60002 Network Administration
  • TNE8006 Secure Networks
  • TNE80007 Enterprise Network Server Administration
  • ICT90003 Applied Research Methods
  • ICT9004 Applied Research Projects

IT Elective units*
Choose two units from the following electives:

  • TNE60006 Networks and Switching
  • COS70007 Data Communications and Security
  • ICT8004 Internship project

*Elective units are still to be finalised

Careers and graduate outcomes

- Career opportunities, course aims and objectives, graduate skills and professional recognition.

Career opportunities

This program addresses the issues and technologies that are being widely adopted in industry. Graduates will be equipped for employment in IT and network positions.

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Aims and objectives

Upon completion of their course, students will be capable graduate ICT professionals, and able to:

  • Apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan and execute a piece of research with independence demonstrating the ability to analyse, process and synthesise complex information.
  • Communicate information proficiently to a variety of audiences, demonstrating scholarship of ICT foundations, as well as recent advances in the ICT field within the context of a specialisation (Software Development, Information Systems or Networking).
  • Apply a coherent and advanced knowledge of Information Technology, critically evaluate trade-offs, and create innovative solutions to complex problems with intellectual independence.
  • Demonstrate personal discipline, scholarship of the field, critical thinking, and judgment by completing a substantial capstone project using contemporary techniques.
  • Reflect on, and take responsibility for their own learning, manage their own time and processes effectively by regularly reviewing personal performance as a means of managing continuing professional development.


Students in this course can apply to undertake an internship as an elective unit. Internships offer students a valuable opportunity to apply practical skills and theoretical knowledge in the workplace during their final semester. Projects may include system design and development, research and development projects, business analysis, testing and IT and network support. Internships are unpaid.



At Swinburne, scholarships are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement.

Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students. Scholarships off tuition fees are available. 

Terms and Conditions apply, contact us to learn more.

Course fees & requirements

- Fees, entry requirements and English language requirements

Course fees

AU$24,600 (annual for 2019)*

AU$26,100 (annual for 2020)*

*Students holding an international student visa are required to study full-time and on site. Programs that are taught solely online are not available to onshore international students who hold an international student visa.

Entry Requirements

Recognised Bachelor degree in IT related discipline covering at least the fundamental knowledge of computer programming, web system development, database, and business applications of computer systems.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

  • minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based) minimum score of 79 with a reading band no less than 18 and writing band no less than 20
  • Pearson (PTE) minimum score of 58 (no communicative skills less than 50)
  • any other equivalent assessment of English language proficiency.

Find out more about English Language requirements.