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Master of Information Technology

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1–2 years full-time; up to 6 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

The Master of Information Technology is offered by the University of New England (UNE) with options to study online or on-campus.

It is suitable both for people with no IT background wanting to switch careers, as well as those within the industry wishing to enhance their experience and upgrade their qualifications.

Through a mix of theoretical and practical learning that takes into account local and global perspectives, which you can tailor to your interests from a variety of subject areas, you develop the understanding, practical skills and mindset you need to launch or extend your career in information and communication technology (ICT).

The course culminates in the completion either of a research project and thesis, or ICT case study-based project that gives you the opportunity to apply what you've learnt in a very pragmatic way. If you choose the research project and thesis option, you open up the pathway to a PhD.

Flexible exit options

If plans change, and you can no longer commit to the full Master of Information Technology, you could still be eligible to receive a postgraduate qualification.

Depending on the credit points you've completed, you could exit with a Graduate Diploma in Information Technology.


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

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a recognised education provider; OR
  • Hold a bachelor's degree with a major in a relevant discipline (such as computer science, information systems or information technology) from a recognised education provider; OR
  • Hold a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or bachelor degree with honours in a relevant discipline from a recognised education provider.

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

Areas of study

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

Core units:

  • Research methods in the sciences
  • Introduction to programming and the UNIX environment
  • Object oriented programming
  • Database management systems
  • Software engineering studio
  • Web programming
  • Software project management
  • Advanced web programming
  • User experience and interaction design

Research/capstone experience:

  • Masters information technology project
  • Computing science/IT thesis

Listed units:

  • Management information systems
  • Parallel and distributed computing
  • Computer networks and information security
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Processes of management
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 Master of Information Technology from the University of New England. This course has been accredited by the Australian Computer Society and, through the Seoul Accord, is recognised internationally.

Your developed understanding of the essentials of information and communication technology (ICT), together with specialisation in your areas of interest, will enable employment in a variety of roles in the private, government and research sectors. Options may include software development, web programming, education, systems analysis, ICT sales and marketing.

This course also hones skills in critical thinking and analysis, creative problem solving and communication, which are useful across many professions and particularly at management and executive level.

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:

  • Systems Administrator
  • Technical Support Officer
  • Applications Developer
  • Assistant Web Developer
  • Computer Technician
  • Customer Support Officer
  • Network Operations Technician
  • Information Systems Officer
  • Software Developer
  • Computer Scientist

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.

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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