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Graduate Diploma in Information Technology

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    Up to 4 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    University of New England

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What you'll learn

About this course

This Graduate Diploma in Information Technology course at the University of New England (UNE) equips you with specialised knowledge and skills in a range of information technology (IT) areas.

This course is an excellent choice if you don't have a computing background, but are keen to gain information technology qualifications - and if you do have a computing background, this qualification offers an ideal way for you to update your IT knowledge and skills. You'll cover key learning areas such as programming, software engineering, web programming, user experience and information security. Once you graduate, you'll be well positioned to gain employment in a range of IT roles or pursue further IT study.

This course is offered online or on campus at Armidale, and is an accredited program (Associate Level) with the Australian Computer Society.


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold an AQF Level 7 bachelor's degree.

You may be eligible for advanced standing if your previous education and experience meet certain criteria.

Areas of study

In this technology course, the subjects you may study include:

Core units:

  • Introduction to programming and the UNIX environment
  • Object oriented programming
  • Software engineering studio
  • Web programming

Plus four of the following units:

  • Management information systems
  • Software project management
  • Parallel and distributed computing
  • Computer networks and information security
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Advanced web programming
  • User experience and interaction design
  • Information technology project


Established in 1938, the University of New England (UNE) is Australia’s longest standing provider of distance education and continues to be at the forefront of innovations in online learning. The university offers over 200 courses at the undergraduate, postgraduate and higher degree research levels. UNE is committed to offering a variety of flexible study options so that students are able to manage their personal commitments while undertaking a university education.
The University of New England (UNE) prides itself on providing the highest quality student support to ensure that students have the necessary tools to pursue their goals. Students can easily access a plethora of dedicated services including counselling, disability needs, academic and study skills, Aboriginal affairs and career development.

With over 60 years of distance education experience, UNE has devised flexible online study options over 3 study periods a year so that students are able to utilise their time more effectively or even accelerate their degree. For courses that require hands-on experience, UNE offers Intensive School programs where students are exposed to vital practical components of their course.

To support ongoing learning, students can get the help they need via email, phone or online chat. You can expect a well-rounded and supported experience throughout your UNE study journey.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised Graduate Diploma in Information Technology from the University of New England.

Modern applications of information and computing technology (ICT) span a wide range of disciplines, and ICT professionals are in high demand worldwide. This course enables graduates to pursue ICT positions in a range of organisations and disciplines or undertake further IT/computer science study.

Common career options include technical roles in e-business, game programming, internet and networking specialists, software solution design and specialised financial computer programming.

Graduates will also be eligible to receive Associate Level accreditation with the Australian Computer Society.

UNE is committed to a holistic approach to education, ensuring that all graduates also possess the following transferable attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Capacity for problem solving
  • Information literacy
  • Awareness of ethical conduct and social responsibility
  • Independence and collaboration
  • A thirst for lifelong learning

Curious about where a career in IT could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Technical Support Officer
  • Applications Developer
  • Assistant Web Developer
  • Computer Technician
  • Customer Support Officer
  • Game Programmer

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for FEE-HELP to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you select to study in that year.

The University of New England also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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