Master of Information Technology

Master of Information Technology

POSTGRADUATE

Get the IT skills you need. You can come from any background.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Part-time 4 years
Fees:

AU$30,720 (2022 annual)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

IELTS 6.5

Duration:
Full-time 2 years
Fees:

AU$37,440 (2022 annual)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

Choose one of our IT specialisations and code your career for success with the Master of Information Technology.

The Master of Information Technology is a great pathway to a tech career, providing you with the technical proficiency and theoretical base to keep pace with rapid changes in technology and business.

You’ll learn essential technical skills, apply them to a range of platforms and develop expertise in IT fundamentals, such as algorithms, analytics, data mining, cloud computing and programming.

Specialise in one of the key areas driving technological growth:

  • Big data analytics
  • Cloud data, programming and infrastructure
  • Artificial intelligence in systems and applications
  • Mobile and IoT computing
  • Security and blockchain technology
  • Software systems and architecture
  • Web systems and search technology

Why study information technology at RMIT?

Women who tech

Information and communications technology (ICT) is currently an underrepresented field where women have the potential to make their mark as leaders. Be part of the new wave of females in technology who are creating their own start-ups or forging ahead in territories such as cloud computing, e-health, software development and web systems.

Adapts to your needs, whatever your experience

The Master of Information Technology helps future-proof your career with the latest programming skills and build on your leadership abilities.

Industry-focused skills in key areas of IT

Designed with industry partners, you'll develop essential technical skills and have the flexibility to customise your specialisation. A set of core subjects will give you a solid baseline of knowledge from which to grow your interests into one of the specialisation areas.

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How you will learn

You will learn through a broad mix of study modes including pre-recorded short lectures, lectorials, tutorials, practical lab classes, project work and seminars using face-to-face, online and other flexible delivery mechanisms.

RMIT has a great reputation for providing industry connections, including internship opportunities and exposure to the job market before graduation. I recently completed my postgraduate project where my team and I worked with a financial company in Melbourne to help them build their website.
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Learn here, succeed anywhere

Industry is at the heart of the Master of Information Technology, with the course content's design and teaching informed by senior tech professionals.

These industry partners work with us to ensure course content meets the latest requirements of employers and matches market trends.

Subjects also feature sessional teachers and guest lecturers currently working in industry, and embedded professional relationships provide opportunities for internships or final year industry project work.

Details

The Master of Information Technology will give you the tech skills and programming power needed to boost your career.

You’ll graduate with a strong theoretical base and technical proficiency to keep pace with rapid changes in technology and business.

Throughout your studies, you’ll apply your newly acquired technical skills to various platforms and develop expertise in IT fundamentals, such as algorithms, analytics, data mining, cloud computing and programming.

Choose your specialisation from these key areas:

  • big data analytics
  • cloud data, programming and infrastructure
  • artificial intelligence in systems and applications
  • mobile and IoT computing
  • security and blockchain technology
  • software systems and architecture
  • web systems and search technology.

Industry partners have worked with our academics to design this degree to reflect market trends and meet employer needs. 

Toward the end of your studies, you’ll undertake an innovative industry-based software engineering project. You also have the option to opt for performing a research project in our IT space, that can enable you to do a research pathway that leads to a PhD.

When you graduate, you’ll be a creative problem-solver, adept at using the latest technology to find business solutions in banking, health, government and more.

RMIT is committed to providing students with an education that strongly links formal learning with workplace experience.

You will learn through a broad mix of study modes including lectures, tutorials, practical classes, project work and seminars using face-to-face, online and other flexible delivery mechanisms.

You will have access to specialised computer laboratories during scheduled classes and outside scheduled class times. These laboratories provide access to a range of computer environments including a variety of database products under different operating systems.

The Master of Information Technology has substantial links with business, government and other tech-related organisations, both in Australia and internationally.

Employers and industry professionals work with our academics to ensure course content meets the latest requirements of employers and matches market trends.

While the course is led by academics with strong research backgrounds and links to industry, subjects are also taught by sessional teachers and guest lecturers currently working in industry. These embedded professional relationships mean there are opportunities to undertake internships in a professional setting and complete an industry-relevant project.

Full-time students take four subjects each semester.

Each subject has four contact hours per week and requires six hours of independent study per week. Classes are held on weekdays and evenings.

Part-time students typically take two subjects per semester and attend on-campus classes two nights per week.

There are no placements in this course. In the final semester, students work on a large group project for an industry partner.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this degree and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

This degree consists of 192 credit points, which equates to two years of full-time study.

This includes:

  • four foundation subjects 
  • up to four advanced information technology subjects
  • four subjects from your area or areas of specialisation (subject to availability)
  • one elective subject (or an additional specialisation subjects)
  • a project of research outcome consisting of either:
    • a software engineering project in IT, as part of a team of up to 6 people, producing together a significant industry-based project, or
    • a Research Minor Thesis, equivalent to an Honours thesis.    

You can choose your specialisation from the following:

Big data analytics

The profusion of data generated by digital sources is creating a global information overload, but you’ll find out how big data analytics is solving real-world challenges like preventive healthcare and fighting crime.

Learn to manage big data and exploit its potential – capture, curation, storage, search, sharing, transfer, analysis and visualisation.

Cloud data, programming and infrastructure

Discover how computing tasks, such as running applications and storing data, can be carried out remotely, creating efficiencies and cost savings.

You’ll gain insights into cloud computing systems, including Google AppEngine, Microsoft Azure, Yahoo’s Hadoop, Google’s MapReduce, Amazon EC2 and S3s.

Artificial intelligence in systems and applications

AI is finding its way into more and more products and services. There is a growing demand for programmers who have the knowledge and expertise to implement AI solutions.

You’ll gain knowledge of the main theoretical aspects of AI and the skills to work with state-of-the-art software.

Mobile and IoT computing

Mobile technologies drive innovation in communications, finance and information-sharing, with demand growing for skilled creators of apps for industry, government and commerce.

You’ll develop skills in the key areas in mobile computing, including mobile software, mobile hardware and mobile communication and security.

Security and blockchain technology

The security of information collected, stored and exchanged concerns organisations in many sectors, including banking, health, utilities, government and more.

You'll learn to enhance security in computer systems and understand the mathematical basis of network security, including cryptography, coding for reliable communication, cloud security and algebra for information security. You will also be able to explore the details of blockchain processing in all its forms, including smart contracts.

Software systems and architecture

Software architects design and manage ICT infrastructure for optimal efficiency, getting the most out of the latest apps, systems and new technologies.

You’ll learn to design solutions using advanced software development techniques and technologies, exploiting the latest development environments and languages while balancing usability issues.

Web systems and search technology

With the growth of web services and applications, the boom in data and the need for increasingly sophisticated search technologies, opportunities abound for those with specialist web skills to develop and manage the systems and services we need.

You’ll build expertise in web development and web database applications, e-commerce and enterprise systems, web security and web document mark-up languages.

You’ll also learn about the design and implementation of search engines, search engine optimisation, structured and unstructured information management and web services.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Master of Information Technology
Program code: MC208

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Master of Information Technology
City Campus
2 Years Full time, 4 Years Part Time
MC208
079795G
Location
City Campus
Duration
2 Years Full time, 4 Years Part Time
Plan code
MC208
CRICOS
079795G

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

IMPORTANT: International students can only enrol in plans that have a CRICOS code. Plans listed above which do not display a CRICOS code are not CRICOS registered. RMIT is in the process of seeking CRICOS registration for these plans and is awaiting the outcome.

Career

With ongoing ICT skills shortages and a growing demand for graduates, you’ll be well-placed to secure rewarding roles worldwide, whatever your tech specialisation.

Combining transferable technical skills with a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge, you’ll be much sought-after by employers from business, government and other organisations. Your career options include areas like cloud computing, web and mobile app development, eHealth, emergency services, GPS technology and more.

Possible job outcomes include working as an IT consultant, cloud architect, mobile application developer, web developer, system analyst and more. Graduates often work as consultants within banking, finance, human-computer interaction, the health industry and technology.

This degree is accredited at the professional level by the Australian Computer Society, which recognises information and communication technology-related programs that are offered by Australian universities, both onshore and offshore.

Our Industry Advisory Committee is the main link between the course and industry, with membership including staff from major IT companies with global and local presence.

The committee has input into the design of new courses and meets quarterly to provide feedback on the currency of our courses and the changing needs of industry. It’s also actively involved with life at RMIT through participation in seminars, marketing events, industry awards and scholarships.

Admissions

You need to satisfy all of the following entry requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

  • An Australian bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum GPA of 2.0, or equivalent;

    OR
  • A minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in programming (web, application, database); software engineering; system, functional or business analysis; information, system or enterprise architecture; ICT management; administration (network, systems); support (desktop, helpdesk, system); web design/media; business information systems or information systems.

If you wish to have industry or employment experience assessed as part of meeting the entry requirements you will need to provide a detailed CV/resume listing previous positions, dates of employment and position responsibilities; a statement from your employer confirming these details (or contact details of employer so RMIT can seek confirmation); and evidence of any relevant professional development undertaken. 

International qualifications are assessed according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

You must meet the University's minimum English language requirements to be eligible for a place in this program.

You need to satisfy all of the following requirements to be considered for entry into this degree.

You must have successfully completed an Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent overseas qualification) in any discipline with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (out of 4.0).

You may also be considered if you have a minimum five years' relevant work experience or professional practice in programming (web, application, database); software engineering; system, functional or business analysis; information, system or enterprise architecture; ICT management; administration (network, systems); support (desktop, helpdesk, system); web design/media; business information systems or information systems.

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

A selection task is not required for entry into this qualification.

To study this course you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 6.5 (with no individual band below 6.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 79 (with minimum of 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 58 (with no communication band less than 50)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): minimum of 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

You can gain entry to this masters degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs, if you meet the entry requirements.

Masters advanced standing

If you have completed one of the following qualifications majoring in software engineering, computer science or information technology, subject to RMIT Recognition of prior learning (RPL) policy and Australian Quality Framework (AQF) Volume of Learning requirements, you will be eligible for exemptions as follows:

Qualification level

Advanced standing

Remaining program duration

  • Bachelor of Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Information Technology

Up to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester of full-time study)

Minimum of 144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters of full-time study)

Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours)

Up to 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters of full-time study) 

Minimum of 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters of full-time study)

[Cognate] Graduate Diploma in Software Engineering or Computer Science which requires the completion of a bachelor degree in Software Engineering or Computer Science as the entry requirement 

Up to 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters of full-time study) 

Minimum of 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters of full-time study)

[Non-cognate] Other graduate diploma and master's programs

No exemptions

Minimum of 192 credit points (equivalent to four semesters of full-time study)

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for Australian qualifications in vocational and higher education.

Credit and recognition of prior learning

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Upon successful completion of this program you may be eligible to undertake further studies in related programs at RMIT University, including Master of Computer Science (Research) and PhD in Computer Science, subject to each program's entry requirements.

You can gain entry into this degree from a range of RMIT undergraduate programs.

Master Advanced Standing

If you have completed one of the following qualifications majoring in software engineering, computer science or information technology, subject to RMIT Recognition of prior learning (RPL) policy and Australian Quality Framework (AQF) Volume of Learning requirements, you will be eligible for exemptions as follows:

Qualification level

Advanced standing

Remaining program duration

  • Bachelor of Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Information Technology

Up to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester of full-time study)

Minimum of 144 credit points (equivalent to three semesters of full-time study)

Bachelor of Computer Science (Honours)

Up to 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters of full-time study) 

Minimum of 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters of full-time study)

[Cognate] Graduate Diploma in Software Engineering or Computer Science which requires the completion of a bachelor degree in Software Engineering or Computer Science as the entry requirement 

Up to 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters of full-time study) 

Minimum of 96 credit points (equivalent to two semesters of full-time study)

[Non-cognate] Other graduate diploma and master's programs

No exemptions

Minimum of 192 credit points (equivalent to four semesters of full-time study)

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for Australian qualifications in vocational and higher education.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit.

Credits

Applicants with a bachelor honours degree, graduate certificate, graduate diploma or masters degree qualification majoring in a different discipline may also be eligible for credit transfer of up to 48 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time study).

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and weightings, and reference to the learning resources.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

Upon successful completion of this degree, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Masters by Research or Doctoral (PhD) program.

Fees

2022 indicative fees

  • Full-fee places: AU$30,720.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment*

Amounts quoted are indicative fees per annum, and are based on a standard year of full-time study (96 credit points). A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.

*Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Defer your payment

This program is offered on a full-fee paying basis only. If you are offered a place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.

Paying your fees and applying for refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

FEE-HELP loans

Eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.

SA-HELP Loans

You may be eligible to apply to defer payment of the Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) through the SA-HELP loan scheme. If you use SA-HELP, the amount will be added to your accumulated HELP debt.

How does a HELP loan work?

If your FEE-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.

You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying). The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

For more information about loan repayment options see Commonwealth assistance (HELP loans) or Study Assist.

This program is approved for income support.

You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.

If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.

You may be eligible to apply for income tax deductions for education expenses linked to your employment.

See the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) for more information.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

The annual tuition fee for 2022 is AU$37,440.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$75,840.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for answers or more general information?

Use our Frequently Asked Questions to learn about the application process and its equity access schemes, find out how to accept or defer your offer or request a leave of absence, discover information about your fees, refunds and scholarships, and explore the various student support and advocacy services, as well as how to find out more about your preferred program, and more.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.