Master of Information Technology

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2 years
Feb, September

Also available: Graduate Diploma of Information Technology - 5543

                          Graduate Certificate of Computing - 7543

Luke Godden, Master of Engineering Science (Telecommunications)

The quality of teaching at UNSW is very high, and access to cutting-edge research happening right on campus keeps the study interesting.

Luke Godden

The Master of Information Technology 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 advanced standing that they can complete the program in 1 year full-time

Information technology provides students with the skills to use today’s technology as well as to create the technology of tomorrow. Graduates are trained to anticipate future requirements and develop applications, frameworks, products and services to meet those needs in areas such as networking, data mining, robotics and internet services.


The Master of Information Technology povides students with a broad IT education and specialised knowledge that enables them to work in a range of positions. It is suitable for students with minimal prior computing experience, or students with a computing-related bachelor degree who want to gain a broader understanding or specialise in an area. 

The Graduate Diploma of Information Technology is intended for students with little (if any) prior computing experience or students with some computing knowhow seeking a broader understanding. It consists of 12 courses selected from across the Master of Information Technology program, with a focus on the Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge Courses and a research option. Students may also choose up to two majors, while Two electives can be chosen from outside the school.


Master of Information Technology and Graduate Diploma students choose up to two majors from:

 ■ Artificial Intelligence

■ Bioinformatics

■ Database Systems

■ e-Commerce Systems

■ Data Science & Engineering

■ Internetworking

Sample Program Outlines*

Students may choose one or two of the following streams

Course code Course name Notes
COMPAS Artificial Intelligence
COMPBS Bioinformatics
COMPCS Information Technology
COMPDS Database Systems
COMPES e-Commerce Systems
COMPGS Geospatial
COMPIS Internetworking
COMPSS Data Science and Engineering

Students must complete the following courses

Course code Course name Notes
GSOE9820 Engineering Project Management
COMP9021 Principles of Programming
COMP9024 Data Structures and Algorithms
COMP9311 Database Systems
COMP9331 Computer Networks and Applications
COMP9900 Information Technology Project

Students must complete 10 elective courses, of which at least 6 must be Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge courses

Course code Course name Notes
Read more Courses can be selected from this list Up to 2 of the non-Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge elective courses may be replaced by level-4 or higher non-CSE courses.

Eligible students may undertake a research project, replacing COMP9900 and 12-18 Units of Credit of Advanced Disciplinary Knowledge courses

Course code Course name Notes
COMP9596 Research Project (12 UOC)
COMP9945 Research Project (18 UOC)

* The programs outlined above are intended as a guide only. The Faculty of Engineering reserves the right to change any information herein without prior notice. Students should seek approval from their relevant Schools before using these guides.