Master of Information Technology

Handbook entry: Program 8543

2-4 semesters full-time or
6-8 semesters part-time

Transfer Credit of up to 1 year may be possible in some cases.

The MIT is a 2-year full-time degree with two target audiences. It is suitable for graduates with a background in Science or Engineering who wish to acquire a solid knowledge of computing and information technology over 2 years. It is also suitable for graduates from a Computing or Information Technology degree who wish to broaden, deepen or update their knowledge; such students may qualify for sufficient transfer credit that they can complete the program in 1 year full-time.

Program requirements

GSOE9820 6uoc (1 course)
COMP9021 6uoc (1 course)
COMP9024 6uoc (1 course)
COMP9311 6uoc (1 course)
COMP9331 6uoc (1 course)
COMP9900 6uoc (1 course)
Level 0, 1, 2, 3 60uoc (10 courses) *


96uoc (16 courses)

* At least 6 of these courses must be Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge courses.  These are specified on the course list page with an asterisk.

ADK requirements

The Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge requirement is calculated on a pro rata basis for students who have transfer credit as follows:

Overall Courses Completed at UNSW

 Number of Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge Courses Required

15-16 6
13-14 5
10-12 4
8-9 3


Note: Prior to 2017

  • GSOE9820 was the only core course in the program.  All other courses (except COMP9900) were not specified as core, but they were taken as part of pre-requisite chains by default.  Students who commenced the program prior to 2017 are encouraged to complete COMP9900, but it is not compulsory.
  • Students were previously permitted to take up to 3 non-cse courses from the CSE course list. Students who commenced a CSE program in 2017 onwards need to refer to their program requirements in the UNSW Handbook.


Entry requirements

  • a three year undergraduate degree equivalent to a standard Australian bachelor degree in a discipline containing mathematics up to year two level, and an average mark of 75 overall.
  • completion of the 5543 UNSW Graduate Diploma in Information Technology, and an average mark of 75 overall or no fails.
  • completion of the 7543 UNSW Graduate Certificate in Computing, and an average mark of 75 overall.
A discipline containing "mathematics up to year two level" would mean that applicants need to have an appropriate background in several of the following areas:
  • Discrete Maths
  • Linear Algebra
  • Engineering Maths
  • Calculus
  • Statistics
  • Probability
  • Actuarial Maths
  • Numerical Methods
  • Vector Algebra


Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

This is possible for up to 50% of the program. Students can seek RPL in select courses only.

More information can be found on the Recognition of Prior Learning website.


Up to two of the following streams will be rewarded on completion of the program. Students are required to complete three courses to satisfy the stream. Course levels are indicated in parentheses.

Visit the Specialisation page for full details.

COMPAS8543 Artificial Intelligence
COMPBS8543 Bioinformatics
COMPSS8543 Data Science and Engineering
COMPCS8543 Information Technology
COMPDS8543 Database Systems
COMPES8543 eCommerce Systems
COMPGS8543* Geospatial*
COMPIS8543 Internetworking

*This specialisation is no longer available to nominate from 2018 onwards

Project options

COMP9596 - Research Project (12uoc)
COMP9945 - Research Project (18uoc)

Students are permitted to substitute 12-18uoc in their final semester with a project of equal value provided they meet the following criteria:

  1. Have completed (or have transfer credit in) 72uoc; and
  2. Have obtained agreement from a UNSW Computing academic supervisor; and
  3. Have 75WAM or higher in the program.

Projects are graded, and students deliver a seminar and submit a written report. More information is available in the Course Outline (pdf).

Students should seek agreement from a supervisor and complete their Project Proposal prior to submitting a Project Nomination form to the Postgraduate Coordinator. The Postgraduate Coordinator will then forward through all documentation listed below to request that the student be enrolled:

  1. Written approval from Supervisor
  2. Project Proposal
  3. Completed Project Nomination form approved by the PG Coordinator.

Projects can be counted towards a students' Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge requirement. 

Project proposals MUST be finalised prior to the start of semester or your nomination may be rejected by the Postgraduate Coordinator.

Final reports MUST be submitted to your Assessor and Supervisor directly by email, prior to the due date.


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