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Our world is more interconnected now than it’s ever been, thanks in large part to digital technology and the tremendous advances in computer technology. Computer science – encompassing the study of computing hardware and software – is what lies at the heart of this acceleration towards innovation.

The Master of Information Technology (Computer Science) is a multi-faceted qualification with a flexible course structure, allowing you to major in computer science. If you come from an IT background, you will receive advanced standing in recognition of your experience, and have the opportunity to attain a computer science masters qualification in as little as 18 months (full time study).

The course is also ideal for those coming from a background other than IT. The extended 2 year full time program – perfect for a career shift – will help you build a solid foundation in real world IT-practice, which you will then leverage as you take a deep dive into the field of computer science.

You will explore a range of topics including network security, software development and applications, algorithmic processes, data structures, JavaScript programming, and the UX design principles that inform the development of clean and accessible user interfaces.

By understanding the core principles that underlie computer science, you will open up a range of exciting career opportunities, and find yourself well-placed to work for a range of IT service providers, consultancies and vendors.

The skills you acquire are highly translatable, relevant for professional work in government departments, and a range of private sector industries that include finance and banking, health care, advanced manufacturing, engineering, mining and agriculture and more.

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Entry criteria

You can gain entry into the Master of Information Technology (Computer Science) with the following:

2 year program

  • A recognised bachelor degree (or higher) in any discipline with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (on QUT’s 7 point scale).

1.5 year program (48 credit points of advanced standing for the foundation IT units)

  • A recognised bachelor degree (or higher) in IT with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (on QUT’s 7 point scale), or
  • A recognised bachelor degree (or higher) in any other discipline with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (on QUT’s 7 point scale) plus 3 years of full time professional work experience in IT.

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Looking to upskill your team? Find out how QUT Online can bring top-tier expertise and industry knowledge to your organisation by educating your workforce.

“IT is an everchanging and exciting field to study and I wanted to be educated in the latest practices available and learn the foundations of computer science.”

Tayla | Graduate Certificate in Information Technology

Course units

You can study full time, part time or at an accelerated pace and adjust your study load every teaching period, depending on what is happening in your life at the time. Choose up to two units every teaching period, factoring in approximately 12-15 hours of study per week and unit.

Foundation Micro Units (6 credit points per unit)

Computer Systems Fundamentals

Management Information Systems

Introduction to Security and Networking


Introduction to Programming

Systems Analysis and Design

Object Oriented Programming

Rapid Web Development

Computer Science Major core units – 48 credit points

Object Oriented Design

Data Structures and Algorithms

Advanced Algorithms and Computational Complexity

Principles of User Experience

Principles of Software Security

Computer Science Major electives – 48 credit points (students select four)

Data Exploration and Mining

Network Systems

Web and Mobile App Development

Information Security Management

Applied Cryptography

Advanced Networks

Computer Science masters units – 48 credit points

Research in IT Practice 1

Research in IT Practice 2

IT Industry Project 1

IT Industry Project 2


Our dedicated support team are here to help you when you need it. They are available online or over the phone seven days a week to answer all your questions. They are here to help with everything from technical support to academic questions. QUT Online has the tools and people to make your postgraduate study achievable and enjoyable.

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Career opportunities

ICT Programmer

Implement integrated software and application solutions that solve organisational ICT-related problems.

Systems Engineer

Cultivate advanced knowledge of computer science and its applicability within organisational and business contexts.

Computer Scientist

Apply computer science discipline knowledge and expertise to craft efficient and secure ICT solutions within an organisational context.

Network Analyst

Provide technical support for and monitor organisational computer networks, and oversee general refinement and network improvements.

Learning at QUT Online

A unique opportunity

Whether you’re advancing or changing your career, studying online is the flexible way to achieve your goal, allowing you to log on and learn when it suits.

Your network

We are ranked in the top 50 universities in the world for employer-student connections. And when you study with us, our connections become your connections.

Learning that suits you best

Fit study into your life, when it suits you. If you study on your lunch break, or after your kids are in bed, you can access everything you need, wherever you are.

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Apply online by filling out our application form or speak to a Course Consultant on 1300 104 196

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