The University of Newcastle, Australia
Selection Rank
70.60 (Median SR)
70.60 (Median SR)
67.15 (Median SR)
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International entry requirement

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020
  • Trimester 2 - 4 May 2020
  • Trimester 3 - 31 Aug 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 8 years maximum.

Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020
  • Trimester 2 - 4 May 2020
  • Trimester 3 - 31 Aug 2020

AUD34,105 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.0
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

Find out more about IELTS.


3 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 11497
CRICOS code: 044439E

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 three majors: Interactive Media, Business Technology, or 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 - any combination of two from the three information technology majors is possible.

    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 Information Technology (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.

    Information Technology (Honours) program handbook


    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

    This degree is also available as a combined degree:

    1. Bachelor of Information Technology / Bachelor of Business

    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. A 2015 report commissioned by the Australian Computer Society, Australia's Digital Pulse (PDF, 2.4MB), highlights the need for 100,000 more workers in the IT sector by 2020.

    IT graduates 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.

    Interactive Media

    • web developer
    • digital producer
    • games designer
    • web and multimedia producer
    • digital project manager
    • digital marketing specialist
    • animator

    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

    Professional recognition

    Australian Computer Society

    When you successfully complete the Bachelor of Information Technology you will be eligible to apply for membership with the Australian Computer Society.

    Practical experience

    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.