Information Technology

Why choose information technology at Melbourne?

  1. Be internationally recognised

    Maximise your career opportunities with accreditation from Engineers Australia, the Australian Computer Society, Euro-Info® and EUR-ACE®, qualifying you to practice as an IT specialist around the world.

  2. Be outstandingly employable

    The University of Melbourne ranks 7th among employers worldwide.* Gain the technical and professional skills that will make you employable, rounded and agile in a constantly changing world.

    *QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2018

  3. Be work-ready

    Complete industry projects, take part in internships and industry placements or undertake an innovation challenge with an industry mentor.

The world is in the midst of a technological revolution; transforming everything from business, healthcare and manufacturing to entertainment, connected living and communication. IT is at the heart of scientific discoveries and medical breakthroughs, helps us develop innovative products and services, and is central to modern life.

IT graduates have never been more in demand. Choosing Australia’s leading university for IT study^ – complete with access to real-world industry and research projects – will give you problem solving and team work skills that will set you ahead of the pack.

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^QS World University Subject Rankings 2017: Computer Science and Information Systems

How to study information technology at Melbourne

When it comes to studying IT at Melbourne, there are lots of options for you to choose from, at both an undergraduate and graduate level. Our course structure is aligned with top international universities and designed to make you more employable and adaptable by equipping you with stronger technical skills and professional skills valued by industry.

High school students

You can choose an IT major in the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Design:

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Design

Alternatively, you can choose IT as breadth through the Bachelor of Biomedicine, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Commerce. Breadth are subjects you take outside your main field of study, allowing you to gain knowledge and understanding across a broader range of disciplines and a competitive edge in IT.

Bachelor degree from another university

If you are seeking to advance your career in IT and have already completed a bachelor degree, then you can choose from the Master of Information Technology, the Master of Information Systems, or the Master of Information Systems(Executive).

Depending on the number of years of work experience and your undergraduate qualification, you may be eligible to take these courses as 2, 1.5 or 1 year program.

If you are interested in software engineering, you can apply for the Master of Engineering (Software) or Master of Engineering (Software with Business), a 2–3 year program depending on the amount of credit obtained from prior study.

If you are after an in-depth understanding of computer science, you can choose from the Master of Science, specialising in Computer Science or Bioinformatics, or the Master of Data Science.

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Your career opportunities in information technology

With a graduate qualification in IT, you’ll be in demand from employers in Australia and around the world.  Career opportunities are diverse, including:

  • Programmer, from mobile to supercomputer
  • Business analyst
  • Network, security or threat analyst
  • Web developer
  • Software engineer
  • Disaster management
  • Creative internet campaigner
  • Systems designer/engineer
  • Game designer
  • Assistive technology builder
  • Bioinformatics analyst, health informatician
  • IT manager
  • Research scientist in any field

The student experience

Master of Information Systems graduate Neha Soni discusses how her IT studies prepared her for a career at Deloitte.

Information technology research

At Melbourne, you can get involved in IT research across three key areas: data and knowledge, platforms and systems, and people and organisations.

Modern life is nothing without digital innovation; it’s driven by technological solutions to societal problems. But it also means we are faced with ever-increasing quantities of data, of diverse types and complexities. Your research at Melbourne will strategically manage and organise data, leveraging it for predictive purposes and exploring its impact on human society.

Find out more about research

Current researchers are exploring cloud computing and databases for managing large datasets, machine learning, data mining and natural language processing. They’re applying their research to deliver actionable insights in all industries, including security, transport and health.

Associate Professor Karin Verspoor is currently leading research on using computers to cure disease.

Read Karin Verspoor’s Pursuit article