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Master of Information Technology

MA-IT1 Postgraduate Sydney CRICOS code: 001742J

The Master of Information Technology provides the knowledge and skills required to design, develop and maintain complex systems using state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies. It includes a general introduction to ICT and provides the opportunity for students skills in system security and anti-hacking to gain advanced specialist skills in areas such as networks, software development, and information systems analysis skills in system security and anti-hacking.

Students also have the opportunity to apply their skills through industry-related project work, including industry-linked projects for real clients. This project work can demonstrate students’ skills and knowledge to potential future employers.

If you have an IT background or IT related degree you may be able to apply for our 12-unit Master of Information Technology (Professional Computing).


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).


2 years full-time or 4 years part-time


February 2021 | June 2021 | September 2021

Study modes

Full-time, Part-time (part-time available to domestic students only)

Study fees

See ‘Course fees & requirements’ below


Course information in detail

- Course detail, course structure and units of study.

The Master of Information Technology course 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 should 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 provides graduates from non-IT backgrounds a path to seek a career in IT.

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Information Technology, students must complete 16 units of study (200 credit points) as follows:

6 IT core units (75 credit points)
8 specialisation-specific core units (100 credit points)
2 IT electives (25 credit points)

Credits can be granted for prior study.  

Units of study

Core units

Complete all six units (75 credit points):

  • COS60004 Creating Web Applications
  • COS60009 Data Management for the Big Data Age
  • COS70004 User-Centred Design
  • COS80001 Cloud Computing Architecture
  • COS80021 Web Application Development *
  • COS80023 Big Data *


Complete six units (100 credit points) from one of the following specialisations:

 Data Analytics

  • COS60008 Introduction to Data Science
  • COS60010 Technology Enquiry Project
  • COS60011 Technology Design Project *
  • COS70008 Technology Innovation Project * 25 credit points
  • COS80025 Data Visualisation 
  • COS80029 Technology Application Project  * 25 credit points 

 Software Development

  • COS60010 Technology Enquiry Project
  • COS60011 Technology Design Project 
  • COS70006 Object-Oriented Programming 
  • COS70008 Technology Innovation Project * 25 credit Points
  • COS80022 Software Quality and Testing
  • COS80029 Technology Application Project * 25 credit points  


  • COS60010 Technology Enquiry Project 
  • COS60011 Technology Design Project
  • COS70008 Technology Innovation Project * 25 credit Points
  • COS80029 Technology Application Project * 25 credit Points
  • CYB60004 Networks and Cybersecurity Frameworks
  • ICT60001 Operating System Management

Elective units

Complete two units from the following list:

  • COS80013 Internet Security
  • COS80027 Machine Learning
  • ICT80004 Internship Project

*Outcome units - matched exemptions are generally not granted for higher education outcome units.

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.

Aims and objectives

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

  • Demonstrate a coherent understanding of the fundamental aspects of ICT solutions including the use of a range of tools and techniques for requirements capture, solution design and construction, and project management.
  • 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.

Financial support

At Swinburne, scholarships are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. Scholarships are available for both commencing and current students.

International students
With the George Swinburne Postgraduate Scholarship, students could be paying 30% less for the course, if they pursue the Master of Information Technology, Master of Information Technology (Professional Computing)Master of Construction and Infrastructure Management or Master of Data Science. Terms and Conditions apply, learn more.

Domestic students
There are a number scholarships available to domestic students. Contact us to find out more.

Course fees & requirements

- Fees, entry requirements and English language requirements

Course fees

International students
A$34,760 (annual for 2021)
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.

Domestic students
A$31,880 (annual; full-time for 2021)
FEE-HELP is a loan given to eligible full-fee paying higher education students to help pay part or all of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government pays the amount of the loan directly to Swinburne.

The total tuition fee is dependent upon the combination of units of study selected by the student. Fees are reviewed each year.

Entry Requirements

Students with a recognised bachelor degree or graduate diploma in computer science, information systems or information technology are eligible to complete the course within one to two years, depending on the number of exemptions they receive. 

If you have an IT background or IT related degree you may be able to apply for our 12-unit Master of Information Technology (Professional Computing).

English language requirements

International students 
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.

Domestic students
Applications may also be assessed for English language requirements. For any questions, contact us.