Course essentials

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Full Time, Part Time
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2 years full time or longer for part time

The Master of Applied Information Technology (NMIT) is a flexible, accredited course, providing advanced training for students with an IT degree.

You’ll build on your computing skills, preparing for senior IT roles. The hands-on, practical classes let you develop and enhance the skills shaped out of theory. Our masters in applied IT provides flexibility through face-to-face and online learning.

We focus on solving real-world problems in these areas:

  • cloud computing (with practicals using Amazon Web Services)
  • cyber security
  • advanced programming
  • software engineering
  • wireless and mobile networking
  • mobile applications
  • data analytics
  • project management.

You’ll develop new ideas for the IT field, either through an industry project or research activities designed to lead into a PhD. Our experienced lecturers, excellent research facilities, and connections to industry give you opportunity and support to contribute original and important ideas.

You'll also have the opportunity to take part in an industry placement program, helping you kick-start your career.

This course and its research programs are regularly reviewed to ensure current practice and IT industry developments are included.

Top research in the IT field

NMIT offers students an opportunity to do either an in-house industry project under simulated environment, or extensive research activities that could lead to a Higher Degree (PhD) by research.

As part of your master degree, you’ll be taught best-practice research techniques, and apply them to projects and theses in our research project areas. Our researchers include staff who are world leaders in their fields. The high quality of our research ensures that our courses remain relevant, world-class and allied to industry.

Victoria University’s Centre for Applied Informatics (CAI) is a leading research group in computing and information technology, and IT applications. It engages computer scientists, experts from application domains (including health, community and business), and government partners to develop innovative IT applications that benefit society.

Partnerships & international collaborations

Our research on applied informatics is conducted in partnership with government, industry, not-for-profit organisations and other universities in Australia and overseas. Some of our research collaborations include the following:
  • University of Queensland
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • RMIT University
  • Deakin University
  • La Trobe University
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • University of Chinese Academy of Science
  • Wuhan University
  • Central China Normal University
  • Zhejiang University (NIT)
  • Fudan University
  • National University of Defence Technology.

Women in IT

Our Women in Science & Engineering program supports our current university students, and inspires women to choose engineering and science careers.
We run hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines for secondary-school students – giving you the opportunity to encourage future mathematicians and IT experts.

Scholarships for research & overseas study

VU offers scholarships for postgraduate research and international students to assist with the costs of study. The College of Engineering and Science also provides additional scholarship opportunities.
We offer up to 10 scholarships to recent graduates to conduct supervised research during the summer. We also offer write-up scholarships to students who have completed and submitted their thesis and intend to write manuscripts for publication with their supervisors.
There are also exchange grants, loans and scholarships available for current students going overseas for study.


Postgraduate research at VU

Find out about postgraduate studies at VU. Discover our research project areas.

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Direct applications due 22 February 2018.

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Careers in IT

Potential careers include cutting-edge IT roles in cloud computing, data mining and sensor networks.

ACS and Delloite jointly reflect, in Australia’s Digital Pulse, the ICT skill shortage pointing to enormous career opportunities. They forecast a growth of the contribution of digital technologies to the Australian economy up to $139 billion by 2020.

Demand for ICT workers is forecast to increase in the future and Australia’s ICT workforce is expected to increase to around 695,000 ICT workers by 2020.

This course will prepare you for a career in:

  • ICT training
  • business intelligence
  • project management
  • data warehousing
  • IT consultancy
  • networking administration
  • networking
  • software development/engineering.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Conceptually map the most recent developments in IT theory and IT applications and justify their utility in various contexts.  
  2. Critically apply information technology knowledge and skills to new and uncertain situations in professional practice exhibiting a high level of personal autonomy and accountability.  
  3. Design, implement and evaluate applied IT research and transmit this knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences.  
  4. Formulate and strategise IT project management plans which accurately meet stakeholder needs and expectations.  

Course structure

To attain the Master of Applied Information Technology students will be required to complete 192 credit points consisting of selections from the following:

  • Information Technology studies;

  • Project Management studies, and;

  • Research-based studies.

Students may select ONE of the following options to complete their Research-based studies (thesis units):

Option 1:

  • 24 credit points of Thesis studies (Thesis 1 and 2);
  • 48 credit points of Elective studies.

Option 2:

  • 48 credit points of Thesis studies (Thesis 3 and 4); 
  • 24 credit points of Elective studies.

Year 1:

Year 2:

Select ONE of the following options:

Option 1:

Select four (4) Elective units:


Option 2:

Select two (2) Elective units:

Elective Units:

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Full-fee

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Scholarships & assistance

Apply for a scholarship to help with your study costs.

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Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree;
    Completion of a non-cognate (any discipline) Bachelor/Honours Degree and a Graduate Certificate in a cognate (similar discipline) field.
  • Mature: Entry into the program is open to applicants with a postgraduate qualification (AQF8 or higher), a first degree (AQF7) in the following quantitative disciplines: Information Technology, Computer Science, Computing, Information Systems, Engineering, Business, Science, or equivalent.

    Applicants with any of the following qualifications may apply for up to 48 credits points against specific coursework units (as detailed below):
    (a) A degree in computer science or IT.
    (b) A four year Honours degree in computer science or IT.
    (c) A degree or a Graduate Certificate with IT or Project Management units.
    (d) A postgraduate qualification with IT or Project Management units.
    (e) A combination of qualifications and experience equivalent to (a), (b), (c) or (d) above.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

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