Master of Information Technology
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
The Master of Information Technology has been developed for IT professionals seeking to extend and update their knowledge on advanced computing subjects. The course also provides an excellent retraining opportunity for professionals who wish to move to a new IT speciality. As part of the course you will choose a major from a number of related areas such as digital media technology, software engineering, data management and analytics, biomedical and health informatics, networks and distributed systems, and telecommunications engineering.
The degree also offers a research pathway to eligible candidates planning to pursue a higher degree by research.
Candidates for the Master of Information Technology complete 72 credit points (cp) made up of at least 18cp of core units of study, 18cp of specialist units of study and 12cp of IT project units and up to 12cp of foundation units, subject to meeting prior learning requirements and timetabling.
Candidates have the option of undertaking a defined major in the Master of Information Technology, which requires the completion of at least 18 credit points of core units in the designated major. This allows students to study one specific area of IT in depth. Majors are available in various areas of study including data management and analytics, digital media technology and software engineering.
After completing 24cp of coursework, candidates will undertake an information technology capstone project. Candidates with a distinction average may be eligible to complete the research path, subject to approval of the head of the school and the dean. The research path comprises a research project of 18cp in one of the majors available in the course. Candidates in the research pathway also complete INFO5993 IT Research Methods.
Classes for the course are generally held in the evening between 6pm and 9pm to accommodate professionals who are employed during the day.
Further course information
A candidate for the degree of Master of Information Technology must complete 24 credit points with an average mark of at least 65 before undertaking any Information Technology Project units of study. With permission from the dean or nominee, a candidate for the Master of Information Technology who has completed 24 credit points of foundational or specialist units of study with an average mark of at least 75 may undertake research path units of study.
A capstone experience comprises one or more units of study designed by the faculty to provide you with an opportunity to draw together the learning that has taken place during the award, synthesise this with your prior learning and experience, and draw conclusions that will form the basis for further investigation, and intellectual and/or professional growth.
All candidates in the Master of Information Technology are required to undertake an information technology capstone project or a research pathway using the knowledge gained during the course.
IT projects are completed in development, analysis, or research, and are related to a students area of employment. In the research pathway, students complete a major piece of research in a major area offered in the course.
Course outcomes and further study
Graduates of the Master of Information Technology are IT specialists who possess an excellent combination of knowledge and practical, hands-on expertise to influence and reinforce an organisations technology infrastructure and to support the people who use it. They will often be responsible for selecting and deploying software products appropriate for an organisation. They may also be involved in creating and managing business applications, web sites, systems and the IT environment in all types of industries.
The Master of Information Technology has been developed under the guidelines of the Australian Computer Society (ACS) http://www.acs.org.au/ and has been accredited by the ACS as a professional level course in Information Technology.
The University of Sydney is a research intensive institution with a strong track record of technology transfer and commercialisation. Research activities in the School of Information Technologies focus on algorithmics and applications, enterprise computing, human-centred computing, and IT applications in health care. If you would like to be part of Sydney's IT research community, you may consider applying for admission to a higher degree by research. Students completing a research degree undertake supervised research and submit a written thesis at the completion of their studies in the degree of Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy
Other study options
Individual units of study within the course may be undertaken by suitably qualified candidates who do not wish to complete an award course. Non-award candidates are students of the University, consequently on satisfactory completion of unit of study requirements, candidates receive an academic transcript showing the details of the unit or units of study undertaken, with results and grades. Subject to the approval of the dean and individual course resolutions, completed non-award study may be credited to an award course.
Units of study may also be undertaken cross-institutionally by students, subject to the approval of the dean. Cross-institutional candidates are enrolled in a postgraduate award course at another university and have approval from their home institution to complete a unit or units of study at Sydney, to be credited toward their degree. Please contact the faculty about non-award and cross-institutional study.
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Information Technology will hold:
- a recognised bachelors degree with a credit average in a major sequence in any aspect of IT; or
- a recognised Bachelor of Engineering with a credit average in a major sequence in computer, software or telecommunications engineering; or
- a Graduate Diploma in Computing or Graduate Diploma in Information Technology from the University of Sydney with a credit average.
Applicants holding one of these qualifications without a credit average may be eligible for entry into the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology.
Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be eligible for entry into the Graduate Diploma in Computing, from which they may transfer into the Master of Information Technology after satisfactorily completing at least 24 credit points with a credit average.
This Graduate Diploma in Computing / Master of Information Technology pathway can, subject to approval of the Academic Director, allow applicants from a non-IT background to obtain a Master of Information Technology in just two years full time study.
For more details on the Graduate Diploma of Computing visit sydney.edu.au/courses/Graduate-Diploma-in-Computing
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.