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Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.3 years full-time.
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Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Trimester 2 (9 May 2022), Trimester 3 (5 Sep 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Trimester 2 (9 May 2022), Trimester 3 (5 Sep 2022),
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Study information technology

The ‘next big thing’ might just be your thing.

The study of Information technology (IT) is all about developing, building and maintaining software technology systems to meet the challenges faced by business and society. At the University of Newcastle we train IT graduates to be technically savvy, creative and flexible.

Our information technology majors are designed to meet industry's evolving IT needs. You can focus your courses around business technology, learning to design and manage complex software systems critical for big corporations and government. You’ll be equipped to develop cloud-computing solutions or specialise in IT security. If your passion is media and entertainment you could learn to create exciting new games and 3D animations, devise new content delivery platforms or work for a digital media agency. Or, study systems development and learn to create apps and programs for just about any industry: manufacturing, healthcare, social enterprise, renewable energy, education.

    Why study information technology with us?

    • Get hands-on experience through work-integrated learning opportunities and industry projects in applications development and support for a diverse range of organisations.
    • Gain a career-edge by applying for membership with the Australian Computer Society.
    • Our lecturers combine industry experience with research expertise, ensuring your skills are relevant and up-to-date.
    • Tailor your study with the choice of two majors designed to meet industry’s evolving IT needs; Business Technology and Systems Development.
    • Utilise the latest tech to program web application software, create 3D animations, edit digital content and gain real-world experience.

    86.6% ? of our undergraduate Computing and Information Systems students find employment within four months of graduating
    World top 250 ? for computer science and information systems
    No. 2 in NSW ? for overall education experience and teaching quality student support
    No.2 in NSW ? for learning resources and student support

    What you will study

    Develop core skills within information technology, such as building software that uses complex databases and sophisticated web interfaces suitable for a whole range of applications – from the corporate office to the mobile phone. You will study courses in:

    • computing fundamentals
    • web technologies
    • programming
    • databases and information management
    • foundations of information systems
    • human computer interaction
    • systems analysis and design
    • systems and network administration
    • business analysis
    • project management

    In the third year of your degree you can undertake a major industry-linked project spanning two courses across both first and second semester.

    Information Technology Majors

    Choose an information technology major and tailor your degree to suit your study and career interests. A major is an area of study you can specialise in within your degree. You can also expand your career opportunities by choosing to take a double major.

    Advanced study options

    You could enrol in a combined degree. A combined degree is a customised program which allows you to simultaneously study a related degree alongside your Bachelor of Information Technology, such as a degree in business. You can study the following degree combinations with a Bachelor of Information Technology.

    1. Bachelor of Information Technology / Bachelor of Business

    The Bachelor of Computing (Honours) degree is a further year of full-time (or equivalent part-time) program that allows you to further develop you specific areas of interest in IT. It can also be a pathway into Research Higher Degree study.

    With increasing competition in all sectors of employment, students who graduate with an Honours degree have a distinct advantage. It is often considered by employers as an added skill and can be used to pursue higher positions and salaries.

    This Honours degree is mainly research-based. You will learn the formal research methodologies and techniques used in the discipline, and will apply these to original research work within the field of IT. In the end you will have completed a research-based thesis that describes your research.

    Our IT academics are leaders in their field and are engaged in a variety of research projects across the world including France, China, Singapore, Sri Lanka, the UK and the US. If you choose to complete your honours degree you will have the opportunity to be involved with research at the forefront of your field.

    Computing (Honours) program handbook Apply

    Master of Information Technology

    The Master of Information Technology has been designed to provide a foundation study in IT, expand your skills and knowledge in emerging and advanced IT areas and provide a foundation for research skills. With the flexibility to tailor your Master of Information Technology degree to best suit your career development needs, you will be able to hit the ground running with your newly attained specialist expertise.

    Master of Information Technology

    Program plans

    Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

    These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

    Additional documents

    View the full course list


    Career opportunities

    IT graduates enjoy great employment prospects and go on to work in dynamic sectors at the forefront of discovery and innovation. They work across almost every industry and not-for-profit organisation. You could go on to work for organisations like Google, Amazon, Facebook or Apple. Your career direction will be shaped by your choice of major – if you take a double major, you’ll have broader opportunities.

    Careers by major

    Depending on the area of study you choose to major in, typical positions for an IT graduate are listed below. Some careers will depend on the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, the combination of other majors and electives studied, and some may require further study.

      Business Technology

      • enterprise architect
      • infrastructure business analyst
      • systems analyst
      • IT project manager
      • desktop systems specialist
      • IT and communications advisor

      Systems Development

      • software developer
      • software application support specialist
      • mobile app designer
      • technical software consultant
      • software development project manager
      • e-learning developer
      • finance software analyst

      Professional recognition

      Australian Computer Society

      This program has been provisionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society. Graduates of the Bachelor of Information Technology will be eligible to apply for membership with the Australian Computer Society.

      Practical experience

      As a University of Newcastle IT student you’ll work on real-world problems and be exposed to the use of IT in a wide range of industry settings. This provides strong technical foundations blended with an understanding of people, organisations and complex systems. This prepares you for immediate, productive employment and potential rapid promotion into broader management positions.

      Students have the opportunity to undertake industry placement. This work integrated learning (WIL) opportunity allows students to gain hands-on experience in the industry, creating graduates who are prepared for immediate and productive employment.

      In your third year you will work with a team of students to complete a major IT project, with the opportunity to find and develop a project with an industry partner. This project typically involves:

      • project planning
      • costing and evaluation
      • database design and implementation
      • programming
      • interface design
      • reporting and presenting

      UON student studying in one the of the editing suites in the ICT building

      In addition to practical work placements and projects, your study in IT will be enhanced through access to the all-digital ICT Building where you can use the latest PC and Mac computers to program web application software, create 3D animations, edit digital video productions and learn to command all the ingredients of a digital world. The building has a fully equipped television studio, along with radio and audio studios and video editing suites.

      How to apply

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      If you are an international student, read the information below before completing an application.

      As someone who recently completed secondary education, either at high school, TAFE or another VET provider, you will generally be considered for entry based on your Selection Rank (SR). Some degrees have additional entry requirements such as auditions or interviews and where required you will find these listed on the relevant degree page.

      Try to choose what you are most interested in and then research some back up options with lower Selection Ranks (SR) to put as your later choices. A good tip is to look at degrees that may have similar first year subjects. This will help you reduce your overall study time if you want to apply to transfer to your degree of choice after the first year. We also recommend choosing one of our free pathway programs as a backup option as your fifth preference on your UAC application. Selection Ranks (SR) requirements for our degrees do change from year to year so only use the Selection Rank (SR) as a guide.

      You should start planning your way into uni from Year 10 onwards. Think about:

      • Using our study areas to narrow down study options based on what you are interested in
      • Come and speak to us at events like Open Day, Schools Visit Day and campus tours
      • Check the Assumed Knowledge and Recommended Studies of the degrees you are interested in
      • If you are a high performer you can get a head start by completing some uni subjects while still at school
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      • Have a look at adjustment points and other entry schemes that may give you an extra boost
      • Decide on some back up options like Open Foundation and other entry pathways if you don't get the required marks
      • See our Application FAQs .
      • Have questions? Ask a student.  We know you must have heaps of questions about university life – what’s needed to get into your degree, where to go for support, what on-campus accommodation is available and of course, where to find the best coffee. Jump on our website to chat to one of our Student Ambassadors.

      Secondary results don’t have a use-by date, so even if you completed high school 20 years ago, these results may be used to apply to the University of Newcastle. You can use your ATAR or equivalent (UAI, TER etc) to apply irrespective of when you completed Year 12.

      It can be complicated to calculate your Selection Rank (SR) based on high school results prior to the introduction of the ATAR in 2009. Contact us at 1300 275 866 and let us do the calculating for you.

      If you don’t think you will meet the Selection Rank (SR) for admission there are other options to get in depending on your situation:

      For advice on these other options please contact us by calling 1300 275 866.

      If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission. TAFE and private providers, as well as some universities, typically offer Certificate III, IV and Diploma Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) awards. Some also offer Advanced Diploma and Associate Degrees.

      For admission purposes, and to ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, all assessable qualifications are converted to a selection rank. Selection ranks from different individual qualifications are not combined or added together to form a rank. The highest of the two numbers will be the one used to assess your eligibility for admission. Different selection ranks are assigned to VET courses with graded assessment and competency based (ungraded) assessment. The tables below provide information on how to assess your selection rank based on your AQF qualification.

      TAFE Guaranteed Entry

      Many of our students come to us after completing TAFE studies. You can gain guaranteed entry into many of our 2021 undergraduate programs if you have previously completed an accredited Certificate IV, Diploma, or Advanced Diploma at TAFE or another registered training organisation (RTO).

      Complete Graded AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma

      Grade Point Average Rank - AQF Diploma Rank - AQF Advanced Diploma
      6.5+ 95 96.95
      6.25-6.49 93 95.25
      6.00-6.24 90 93
      5.75-5.99 88 91
      5.50-5.74 86 89
      5.25-5.49 83 86
      5.00-5.24 81 83
      4.75-4.99 78 80
      4.00-4.74 75 76

      Complete and Incomplete Ungraded AQF Diploma or AQF Advanced Diploma

      Rank - AQF Advanced Diploma Rank - AQF Diploma
      76 75

      Complete Graded AQF Certificate III or AQF Certificate IV

      Please note: Certificate III qualifications and below are not accepted for the Bachelor of Nursing program.

      Grade Point Average Rank - AQF Certificate III Rank - AQF Certificate IV
      6.5+ 78 90
      6.25-6.49 78 88
      6.00-6.24 77 86
      5.75-5.99 76 84
      5.50-5.74 75 82
      5.25-5.49 73 80
      5.00-5.24 71 78
      4.75-4.99 69 75
      4.00-4.74 67 73

      Complete Ungraded AQF Certificate III and AQF Certificate IV

      Rank - AQF Certificate III Rank - AQF Certificate IV

      Note: Incomplete VET studies must be AQF Diploma level or above and more than 0.2 of a full time student (FTE) to be considered for admission.

      It is probably best to contact our Enquiry Centre on 1300 275 866 to discuss your qualifications and grades. Our team are happy to advise you on your options.

      Your previous qualifications may also make you eligible for credit to your degree. This will cut down on your study time. You can apply for credit before you start. See our credit page for more information.

      If you don’t think you will meet the requirements for admission there are other options to get in depending on your situation:

      If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average (GPA) (or Grade Average as a percentage for pathway programs like Open Foundation or Yapug) can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. To ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, all assessable qualifications are converted to a selection rank. The selection rank from this qualification is not added to your ATAR. The highest of the two numbers will be the one used to assess your eligibility for admission.

      If you have completed a degree and want to move onto postgraduate study please see our Postgraduate website.

      Bachelor degree studies

      Min GPA (>0.5FTE*) Selection Rank
      6.5+ 97.30
      6 93.40
      5 86.30
      4 77.65
      3 67.25

      *Your GPA can only be calculated if you have completed at least 20 units of study. A full-time study (FTE) load is usually 80 units per year.

      Completed pathway (also known as enabling or tertiary preparation) programs

      Overall Grade Average Selection Rank
      >97 99.55
      80 84
      70 77
      60 70
      50 65

      If you are currently studying a degree at the University of Newcastle and want to transfer across to another degree, please see our Internal Transfers page for current students for more information.

      If you have completed or are soon to complete an Enabling Pathways program (Open Foundation or Yapug) you can apply with us directly for free for most degrees. Please visit the Your Next Move website for more information.

      If you want to transfer or complete a tertiary preparation program at another university you will need to apply through UAC. Please contact our Enquiry Centre 1300 275 866 for information and advice.

      If you think you may be eligible for credit please visit our credit section.

      If you’re applying on the basis of overseas secondary qualifications, there are some that are considered as equivalent to an Australian Year 12 qualification. Note that equivalence of qualifications alone does not guarantee entry into programs. For admission purposes, and to ensure fairness and transparency among applicants with different types of qualifications, your overseas qualification will be converted to a selection rank so you can be compared to other applicants.

      For advice on your options please contact us by calling 1300 275 866 or visit AskUON.

      If you haven’t completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree. Our recommended pathways are:

      Pathway programs (Open Foundation and Yapug)

      The University of Newcastle is the largest provider of pathway programs in Australia. If you haven’t studied for a while, or your high school results weren’t what you expected, you can start at university with one of our pathway programs. Our pathway programs offer guaranteed entry to over 40+ University of Newcastle degrees. When you complete this program your Grade Point Average as a percentage can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes. The programs on offer are:

      • Open Foundation
        Completing our Open Foundation pathway program will award you a new rank to apply to uni.  Finish Open Foundation in just a single semester or take your time - up to 2 years. Flexible study supports you to learn at your own pace, including online, part-time or full-time options.
      • Yapug
        If you are an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student you could complete our one year Yapug pathway program.
      • Diploma in Engineering
        Complete this program full-time (in one year) or part-time (up to 4 years) to get entry into one of our Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degrees.
      • Undergraduate Certificates
        Complete this program full-time  (in a single semester) or part-time (two semesters) you can gain up to 40 units of credit and receive guaranteed entry into a number of related degree programs.


      Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

      The Special Tertiary Admissions Test or STAT is an aptitude test, organised through the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), that assesses a range of competencies considered important for successful tertiary study. If you are over 18 and not a current Year 12 student, results from the STAT multiple-choice test can be used for entry into some (but not all) of the degrees offered at the University of Newcastle. Make sure you look into which degrees accept STAT for entry.

      If your qualification is not listed and you are unsure whether you can use it to gain entry please contact us on 1300 275 866 or AskUON.

      If your qualification is not listed and you are unsure whether you can use it to gain entry please contact us on 1300 275 866 or AskUON.

      Non-Award Admission

      If you want to do one or two subjects at the University of Newcastle but not a full degree you can apply for non-award admission. You may want to do this for preliminary work for a higher degree, professional requirements or because of an interest in the area.

      Find out more and apply by visiting Non-Award Admission.

      Cross-Institutional Study

      If you are currently at another university and want to do one or more subjects at the University of Newcastle for credit you can apply for Cross-Institutional Study.

      Find out more and apply by visiting Cross-Institutional Study.

      If you have more than one of the qualifications listed above they may all count towards your application. We are always happy to provide advice and discuss your circumstances so please contact us by calling 1300 275 866 or by submitting a question using AskUON. Otherwise check out our application FAQ.

      Senior secondary school qualification

      Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools. To check if your qualification is recognised for direct entry into the University of Newcastle, please refer to the entry requirements below.

      Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy.

      The Australian Government operates a student visa program that enables people who are not Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents to undertake study in Australia. A person who wants to undertake a course of study under the student visa programme must obtain a student visa before they can commence a course of study in Australia. A successful applicant must be both a genuine temporary entrant and a genuine student.

      An applicant who is a genuine temporary entrant will have circumstances that support a genuine intention to temporarily enter and remain in Australia, notwithstanding the potential for this intention to change over time to an intention to utilise lawful means to remain in Australia for an extended period of time or permanently. All Australian education providers must have strategies and arrangements in place to ensure that all students and prospective students meet the requirements with Direction 69 as a condition of admission to the institution.

      When your application for admission is received, the University of Newcastle will assess this against university entrance requirements including: minimum age, English and academic entry requirements. To comply with Australian law your application will also be assessed to check that you are genuinely seeking temporary entry to Australia to study. You may be asked to provide the University of Newcastle with evidence addressing Ministerial Direction 69 as part of finalising your admission. If the University forms the opinion that you are not a Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) it may refuse to assess your application, withdraw an offer of a place, or cancel your confirmation of enrolment.

      The Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia will also assess each application for a student visa (subclass 500) against the applicant’s intention to stay temporarily in Australia as a genuine student. The criteria for this assessment are outlined in Ministerial Direction 69. Applicants that don’t satisfy the criteria under Direction 69 will not be granted a student visa.

      For more information, please refer to the following areas of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website:

      Other things to consider

      Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

      Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students.  Admission information for Australian students and residents is available online here. Admission information for international students can be found here. During the admission process, adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Please visit our website to see if you are eligible.

      Entry to the University of Newcastle degree programs offered in Singapore are based on overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications, as well as satisfying English language requirements. More information regarding our partner PSB Academy is available on the following website.

      All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

      Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 6.0 with no subtest result below 6.0.

      Any 2 units of English

      You can look at NUPrep for options to brush up on knowledge before you start.

      You should also think about degree add-ons like combined options or a Diploma in Languages. If you would like to learn an additional language alongside your main bachelor degree, then this program is for you. Languages offered include: Australian Sign Language (Auslan), Chinese, French, German and Japanese.

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