Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional)

Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional)

UNDERGRADUATE

Gain the latest knowledge and skills to succeed in this agile and ever-evolving industry.

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning
Entry score:

Not available

Duration:
Full-time 4 years or Part-time equivalent
Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus and blended learning

Overview

Develop an excellent combination of knowledge and practical, hands-on experience, enabling you to influence an organisation’s technology infrastructure and work with clients who use IT.

The RMIT Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional) comprises three years of study followed by a one-year industry internship in your final year of study, organised with the assistance of the School of Computing Technologies. Your internship provides a unique opportunity to develop your professional and technical skills while creating and extending your professional network.

This IT degree offers work integrated learning opportunities. You'll have the opportunity to put theory into practice via RMIT's industry-inspired programming studios, where you’ll be trained to apply your skills to large scale software application developments. You'll also complete a capstone project that will provide you with hands-on practical experience developing software in a workplace environment.

With an extensive range of cutting-edge IT subjects that reflect today’s emerging technologies, and a focus on your professional development, you’ll have the freedom to find, and then follow, the career path that you are most passionate about.

Bootcamp2Studio

Gain practical experience and real-world skills with our six week intensive programming bootcamp, followed by nine weeks in a studio setting where you’ll enhance your skills further.

Why study information technology at RMIT?

RMIT University is ranked in the top 15 universities in Oceania for computer science and information systems. [QS rankings by subject 2022]

Graduate job-ready

Opportunity to undertake a one-year industry placement and innovative programming bootcamps and studios, gaining practical, hands-on experience and developing professional networks.

Flexible degree

Develop in-demand skills catered to your own career aspirations by choosing from one of fifteen specialisations developed to reflect future IT trends and careers.

Industry-connected

Benefit from up-to-date, innovative and industry-relevant subjects while solving real problems and developing market-ready software.

Tailor your study

In the second year of this IT degree, you will have the opportunity to choose your majors and minors, allowing you to delve further into the IT field of your choice and build strengths in the subjects you want to base your career around.

Majors

Cyber Security

Digital Innovation

Enterprise Systems Development

Minors

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Blockchain Technologies
  • Cloud Computing
  • Creative Computing
  • Cyber Assurance
  • Data Science
  • Blockchain Enabled Business
  • Bioinformatics
  • Enterprise Systems Development
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Information Systems
  • CISCO Networking
  • Data Analysis
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and Enterprise

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Details

As a student of this information technology degree, you will gain a combination of knowledge and practical expertise to plan, design and troubleshoot ICT infrastructure. 

You will learn via a variety of teaching approaches including, lectorials, seminars, tutorials, workshops, practical and studio sessions, and online material. 

Assessment throughout the semester may include tests, quizzes, coding exercises, essays, reports, presentations, projects, and practical assignments.

Blended learning options

Courses offered as part of blended learning programs include a meaningful blend of online, on-campus, and workplace based learning tailored to the type of study you undertake. This learning is active, prioritising tasks that involve exploration and development of skills and knowledge through interaction and engagement.

Online aspects provide positive benefits such as flexibility and adaptability using digital activities and materials, while also strengthening the interaction and connection with timetabled and on-campus experiences such as tutorials, practicals, or workshops.

In the Bootcamp2Studio model, you will undertake up to six weeks of intensive, focused learning across a programming bootcamp.

Next, you'll spend nine weeks learning in a studio model. Here, you'll explore your project more deeply, working both in groups and independently to solve real-world challenges.

Through this hybrid form of teaching, you'll build transferable skills in problem solving and teamwork, learn to adapt to new projects, technologies and settings quickly, and be exposed to professional practice and standards that prepare you for your future workplace.

This IT degree has substantial links with the information technology profession and related areas of business and industry, both in Australia and internationally.

The School of Computing Technologies has a very strong Industry Advisory Committee, with members including staff from major IT companies with global and local presence. The committee provides feedback and input into the curriculum, ensuring the degree remains relevant to your needs as a graduate and to the needs of employers.

You will be taught by academics with strong research backgrounds and links to industry, as well as experienced academics, guest lecturers and leaders working in industry.

This degree offers extensive work-integrated learning opportunities, including:

  • One-year industry internship, where you will develop your professional and technical skills in a workplace setting and create and extend your professional network. 

  • Innovative, industry-inspired programming bootcamps and studios, where you will gain practical, hands-on experience, preparing you for a career as an IT Professional.

  • Capstone experience, which will enable you to learn, apply and demonstrate your knowledge and skills in a workplace setting (real or simulated) and receive feedback from those involved in your industry.

The Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional) is also available at RMIT University’s Vietnam campus.

Global work, exchange and study experiences

RMIT offers a range of opportunities for our students to study abroad through global work, exchange and study experiences with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

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.

The Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional) gives you the flexibility to choose your career pathway. 

Year 1 

In your first year, you will study the fundamentals of IT systems and programming, databases, and user-centred design, undertaking subjects related to cyber security. 

You will also participate in innovative computer and web programming boot camps and studios, which will allow you to develop your programming skills through practical, project-based work. 

Year 2

After you have completed your first year, the direction you take is in your hands as you choose which majors, minors and subjects you want to undertake. You can choose one or more minors, or just focus on the individual subjects and electives that interest you most. 

There are 3 majors and 15 minors to choose from, providing you with the flexibility to plan your own study to achieve your study and career goals. 

Majors include: 

  • Cyber Security 
  • Digital Innovation
  • Enterprise System Development

Minors include: 

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
  • Blockchain Technologies 
  • Cloud Computing
  • Creative Computing 
  • Cyber Assurance 
  • Data Science 
  • Enterprise System Development
  • Bioinformatics
  • Blockchain Enabled Business
  • Business Analytics
  • Business Information Systems
  • CISCO Networking
  • Data Analysis
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and Enterprise

Year 3

In your third year, you will continue to study a range of specialised IT subjects.

You will also have the option of a programming capstone project that simulates an industry environment. This will involve working in a team on a software engineering project and interacting with a professional software project manager.

Year 4

In your fourth year, you will undertake a one-year industry internship, where you will gain practical, hands-on experience, develop your skills in a workplace setting and make valuable industry connections. You will receive assistance finding an internship.

Course structure

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

Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional)
Program code: BP349

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional)
City Campus
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
BP349
110802F
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Plan code
BP349
CRICOS
110802F
Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional)
City Campus
4 years full-time
BP349
110802F
Location
City Campus
Duration
4 years full-time
Plan code
BP349
CRICOS
110802F

VTAC Code

If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.

  • Plan BP349 - 3200311251

Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

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

Career

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A world of possibility

This degree will prepare you for a wide range of roles throughout your IT career. Solve, support, analyse, troubleshoot and design products, websites, business applications and programming networks in fields including private sector, government departments, education, healthcare and a multitude of transdisciplinary sectors.

RMIT's Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional) will provide you with the knowledge and skills to become a leader in the IT industry. 

Graduates can pursue a career as a:

  • Business Analyst
  • IT Consultant
  • Cloud Analyst
  • UX Developer
  • Entry-level Programmer
  • Junior Project Manager
  • Social Media Analyst
  • DevOps Specialist
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Web and Mobile Programmer.

Job Outlook projects that work opportunities for ICT network and support professionals will increase by 24.5% to 2024.

Admissions

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent qualification).

Prerequisites

Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL; Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics.or equivalent studies.

Rankings and adjustment factors

Entry to this program is competitive. Eligible applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement plus any adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors include equity access schemes and/or subject adjustments.

We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. The highest level of education you have previously completed will usually determine how you are ranked.

Selection criteria by applicant type

Please select the highest level of education you have or will be completing in order to find out the selection criteria that applies to you, in addition to meeting the above entry requirements.

Entry to this program is competitive. Eligible applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement. You will be ranked on your ATAR plus any adjustment factors.

Adjustment factors available only to applicants currently studying Year 12

School Network Access Program (SNAP)

  • The SNAP access scheme is designed to increase tertiary participation by giving priority access to RMIT diploma and degree programs to eligible applicants currently studying Year 12 at a SNAP partner school.

Adjustment factors available only to applicants currently studying Year 12 or whose highest qualification is a completed Year 12.

Regional adjustments

  • RMIT automatically allocates adjustment factors to applicants from a low socio-economic status area for all programs that select primarily on ATAR. 
  • Low socio-economic status areas are determined by applying the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Socio-Economic Index for Areas (SEIFA) Index of Education and Occupation.

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., level of TAFE qualification completed (including any adjustment factors).

We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. The highest level of education you have previously completed will usually determine how you are ranked.

You will be assigned a selection rank (comparable to an ATAR) based on your highest completed qualification:

  • Advanced Diploma: 81
  • Diploma: 72
  • Certificate IV: 54

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., GPA (including any adjustment factors).

We will consider your entire academic record to determine your eligibility for entry. Previous fail grades in similar courses may affect your eligibility.

You must have satisfactorily completed at least four courses (subjects) (0.5 EFTSL) at an Australian undergraduate level (or overseas equivalent). You will be assigned a selection rank (comparable to an ATAR) based on your GPA.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Elite Athlete Program

  • The RMIT Elite Athlete Program supports eligible elite and emerging athletes to achieve sporting and academic excellence, allowing students to balance the demands of both their studies and their athletic responsibilities.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Entry to this program is competitive. Applicants are ranked and selected in order of merit based on their academic achievement, e.g., Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) score (including any adjustment factors).

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 (or equivalent qualification) and meet the stated prerequisites. 

Work and life experience does not provide any additional consideration for entry to this program. You may satisfy the academic requirements by completing the STAT multiple choice.

You may be eligible for the following adjustment factors:

Equity access schemes

  • Equity access schemes take into account personal information and location, difficult circumstances, disadvantaged financial background and disability or medical condition that may have impacted on an applicant’s most recent academic performance. 
  • Find out more about the eligibility requirements for each Special Entry Access Scheme and RMIT access categories.
  • If you are applying through VTAC you should apply for the Special Entry Access Scheme.
  • If you are applying directly to RMIT you should apply for RMIT Access. The system will prompt you to do this during your application.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • The Indigenous Access Program supports your application to RMIT through an informal interview process where you will receive help from the Ngarara Willim Centre. Additional consideration will be given if you have relevant life, work, education or training experience.

Additional information

This degree is new for semester 1 2023 and as such no ATAR profile information is currently available.

This degree is new for semester 1 2023 and as such no student profile information is currently available.

*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. Find out more about admission to RMIT.

Pathways

Understanding pathways

Even though there are no formal pathways into this course, there are often other ways you can gain entry. For more information, use our Pathways finder or contact Study@RMIT to discuss your options.

Even though there are no formal pathways into this course, there are often other ways you can gain entry.

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.

When you successfully complete this degree, you may be eligible for entry into an RMIT Honours or Postgraduate degree.

Fees

2023 indicative fees

In 2022, the annual student contribution amount (tuition fee) you will pay for a standard year of full-time study is between AU$4,124 to AU$15,142*.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$326 maximum fee for 2023.
  • 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

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.

Learn more about fees for undergraduate study.

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.

New government eligibility rules in 2022 - low completion rates

From 2022, there are new government rules about eligibility for higher education student funding as part of the Australian Government’s Job-ready Graduates legislation. If you're starting a program in or after 2022 and are enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) or have a HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, these changes affect you. For details, please see Low completion rate and government funding.

If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.

Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.

How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?

The Australian Government has introduced changes to university funding and student contribution fees under its Job-ready Graduates Package

The fees in the table below apply to students who commence their program in 2023. Fees for continuing students are available at fees for Commonwealth supported students.

Each course (subject) falls into a band. 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 2023 for commencing students

Student contribution band by course (subject)

Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2023

Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture $4,124 per standard year
$515 per standard (12 credit point) course
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology $8,301 per standard year
$1,037 per standard (12 credit point) course
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science $11,800 per standard year
$1,475 per standard (12 credit point) course
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture $15,142 per standard year
$1,892 per standard (12 credit point) course

HECS-HELP Loans

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.

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.

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 2023 is $326. 

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.

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$XX,XXX.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$XX,XXX.

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.

Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.

If you hold a different visa type, you may be eligible. Please contact Study@RMIT for more information.

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torres strait flag

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.