Bachelor of Information Technology
DurationFull-time 3 years
LocationMelbourne city, Online
Your career in IT
Work in web and mobile computing, security and cloud computing, data management, software systems development, software systems analysis, artificial intelligence, and systems administration.
How you will learn
Students are trained to apply their skills to large scale software application developments and will complete a project in their final semester that simulates working with industry.
RMIT has a great reputation in the IT industry, and I felt that I would be in great hands to broaden my skills for the future. I’ve loved the hands-on approach to studies, such as being able to implement a website that I have coded, and being able to configure actual hardware.
- Peter Lawson, Bachelor of Information Technology
Learn here, succeed anywhere
RMIT’s focus on industry-based, practical learning is realised in the way our degrees are structured. From first year, students are exposed to a range of specialisations to help them refine what career path to pursue, while additional group projects and major assignments tie in to real-world challenges. Lecturers have industry experience and are passionate about helping students achieve high-level skills.
Study entirely online
The Bachelor of Information Technology is available at the Melbourne City campus and via online delivery.
You’ll develop knowledge and skills essential for the information technology industry to become employable as a software developer.
The Bachelor of Information Technology equips you with the skills to make a living as you solve, support, troubleshoot and design everything from web sites to applications to programming networks, in organisations ranging from business and government to schools, healthcare and more.
You’ll gain a combination of knowledge and practical expertise to influence an organisation’s technology infrastructure and the clients who use IT.
You’ll have the option to study a range of specialisations that are based on current industry trends.
The following study options are available:
Web and mobile computing
Learn how to develop the interfaces, communication protocols and back end systems to support the ever-increasing demand for web and mobile computing applications.
Security and cloud computing
System hacking and penetration of corporations and government computer systems is a major concern. Consequently, there is a growing demand for professionals with expertise in the areas of security and cloud computing.
The large amount of data that is generated and collected by web applications has changed the way organisations perform market research, analysis and sales. This stream equips you with the skills to work in this rapidly expanding field.
Software systems development
This stream concentrates on programming and software development, which is still at the heart of the IT industry. You will learn about the modern tools and processes used to develop software rapidly and efficiently.
Software systems analysis
Software systems analysis is about understanding what a customer needs, designing a tailored system for developers to build, and then creating a plan for implementation.
The next generation of software will rely on artificial intelligence to automate a range of daily tasks; from self-driving cars to powering digital assistants, autonomous robots and healthcare.
All organisations rely on their computer systems to operate effectively, and therefore require people who know how to run, configure and troubleshoot problems. In this stream you’ll learn about the common systems in use today and the tools used to automate administration.
You may also choose a minor study in one of the following:
● basic economics and finance
● international business
● CISCO systems
● business IT
● information technology
You can choose the remainder of your courses from a wide range of IT and general electives.
This degree is available:
- at the Melbourne City campus, offering up to two intakes a year
- online, offering up to four intakes a year. Please note, 100% online programs do not provide access to Australian student visas.
Sarah Longhurst is combining her passion for IT and entrepreneurship and is gaining valuable industry experience while completing her degree.
Computer Science and Information Technology at RMIT
Computer Science and Information Technology degrees at RMIT allow you to gain the programming and system support skills that employers really value. But how do you work out which one is right for you?
During this degree, you'll take courses from a variety of streams before specialising or continuing as a generalist.
Years 1 and 2
You'll study the fundamentals of IT systems and programming while introducing some information technology electives.
You’ll study Software Engineering Project Management while having the option of a programming capstone project and further specialisation through electives.
Learn more about the online study structure.
Choose a program structure
|Bachelor of Information Technology||City Campus||
6 semesters Full-Time
6 semesters Full-Time
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Program code: BP162
Graduates select and deploy software products for commercial organisations, software development companies, government departments and large computer organisations.
They create and manage business applications, websites, systems and environments. Graduates typically work for commercial organisations, software development companies or diverse industries including retail, health or tourism as well as government departments and large computer organisations including IBM, Telstra and ANZ.
The types of careers this qualification leads to may include:
- systems analyst
- business analyst
- analyst programmer
- application programmer
- software tester
- database administrator
- systems administrator
- web developer
This program is accredited at the professional level by the Australian Computer Society (ACS), which accredits information and communication technology related programs that are offered by Australian universities, both onshore and offshore.
ACS has reciprocal membership agreements worldwide. ACS Certified Professional status gives you global recognition.
*ATAR refers to the lowest selection rank to which an offer was made (including consideration of any adjustments) for current and recent year 12 applicants.
RMIT is committed to providing transparency to the admissions process. In line with this commitment, we provide you with information that will help in making informed choices about your undergraduate study options.
RMIT admits students from a range of educational pathways, including Year 12 results, previous higher education or vocational education study, work experience, and for some programs - interviews, auditions or portfolios.
Gain a better understanding of the Admission criteria for this program by viewing RMIT’s Admission information.
The highest level of education you have previously completed will determine which category applies to you.
Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., ATAR or GPA (including any adjustments).
Applicants with recent secondary education (current or within the past two years)
Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent in 2016, 2017 or 2018. If applicable, this includes equity access schemes and any other adjustment factors.
School Network Access Program (SNAP)
The SNAP access scheme is designed to increase tertiary access and participation of eligible students from SNAP partner schools.
Applicants with Vocational Education and Training study
Satisfactory completion of an Australian Certificate IV or above or equivalent.
Applicants with Higher Education study
Satisfactory completion of at least four courses (subjects) at an Australian undergraduate level or overseas equivalent.
Applicants with Work and Life Experience
Satisfactory completion of an Australian Year 12 senior secondary certificate of education or equivalent more then two years ago.
You must sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice if:
- You have no prior Year 12, VET qualifications, HE results or relevant work experience that meet the minimum entry requirements for the program; and
- You are 19 years of age or over (as of 1 Jan 2019) and have not enrolled in secondary studies for at least two years.
Form: Non-Year 12 applicants may submit additional information if they would like it to be considered.
- For semester 1 intake, this can be completed through the VTAC Personal Statement online.
- For semester 2 intake, this can be completed through the personal statement in the Apply Direct application.
Special Entry Access Scheme (SEAS) /RMIT Access
This is a gender underrepresented program and awards bonus points to female applicants. To be eligible you must submit a SEAS/RMIT Access application and complete category 1.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
The Indigenous Access Program will support your application into RMIT programs through an informal interview process with support from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Your relevant life, work, educational and training experience as preparation for study, in addition to any formal qualifications, are all considered.
Elite Athlete Program
The RMIT Elite Athlete Program (REAP) supports elite athlete and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence.
You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 65% (see calculator below).
Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.
Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.
VCE Units 3 and 4 in Mathematics (any), with a study score of at least 20.
To study this program 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 (Paper Based Test): minimum score of 580 (TWE 4.5)
- 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 Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
In 2019, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,566 to AU$10,958*.
* 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.
Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$303 maximum fee for 2019.
Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.
Defer your payment
You may be eligible to apply for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.
All undergraduate and honours degrees have Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available. In 2019, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$6,566 to AU$10,958.
In a CSP, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government. Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set each year by the Australian Government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of the courses in which you enrol, not the overall program.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
Courses (subjects) fall into one of three bands. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2019
Student contribution band by course (subject)
Maximum annual student contribution amount in 2019
Band 1: humanities, behavioural science, social studies, clinical psychology, foreign languages, visual and performing arts, education, nursing
$6,566 per standard year
Band 2: mathematics, statistics, computing, built environment, other health, allied health, science, engineering, surveying, agriculture
$9,359 per standard year
$10,958 per standard year
The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the HECS-HELP loan scheme, which allows eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) to defer payment of up to the full amount of their student contribution.
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 HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to the full amount of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You will 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.
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 2019 is $303.
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.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.