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To stand out in today’s job market, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) leaders need broad-ranging technical and managerial skills, with a high-level qualification behind them.

The Master of Information and Communication Technology at La Trobe bridges the gap between academic research and industry practice. In your first year, you'll collaborate with a small team to plan and develop an industry-focused IT project or software. Later, you’ll deepen your knowledge in your areas of interest by selecting from an extensive list of electives, including computer science, electronic engineering, and networking.

Throughout the course, you’ll be mentored by our academic staff and industry guests. You’ll learn to develop smart solutions to real-world problems through collaboration and industry-based practice. You’ll learn about key ICT-related managerial skills, project management, system design, entrepreneurship, programming, testing and documentation.

You can complete your study in two years or fast-track it in 18 months. Many students take part in our exchange program with one of our international partner universities. This is an excellent opportunity to gain a global ICT education and to network with international businesses.

The Master of Information and Communication Technology at La Trobe has been designed by our academics, in consultation with industry partners to give you the advanced skills and knowledge you need to take the next step in your ICT career.

Career opportunities

Turn your passion for ICT into a rewarding and exciting career. At La Trobe we guide you towards graduation and beyond, where you’ll be a highly sought-after ICT professional.

With steady global job growth expected to continue in ICT (according to joboutlook.gov.au), you'll be qualified for a diverse range of roles across multiple sectors.

Our Master of Information and Communication Technology equips you for management, research and development roles as:

  • network designers and managers
  • data communications professionals
  • telecommunications engineers
  • application protocol engineers
  • wireless network engineers
  • systems analysts
  • information technology consultants
  • information systems administrators
  • software and applications trainers
  • systems engineers
  • security engineers.

It also prepares you for roles in:

  • software and hardware
  • network design, management and engineering
  • data communications
  • telecommunications
  • application protocol
  • wireless networks.

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Staff profile

Dr Torab Torabi

Senior Lecturer, IBL and Industry-based Project Coordinator
College of Science, Health and Engineering
School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Torab Torabi is a La Trobe veteran, having worked at the University since 1992.

His current role is the ICT project coordinator for the Master of Information and Communication Technology. This involves developing industry project subjects where industry representatives are invited to provide problems, which are solved by the students in this course in a competitive group environment.

“Every team and every student within the course, they need to do that industry project as part of their final subject, and they will able to learn this expertise, come up with problem solving and come up with a solution in a team environment,” Torab said.

“So when they go out there they know how to work within a team, using industry tools.”

Some of the industries involved include Air Service Australia and Pivot Maritime International which has a large simulation lab in La Trobe University.

“I have been working with more than 100 different companies. Some of these solutions are being used with the companies now,” Torab said. The project is 12 months long, and teams develop the latest technology and industry tools, they do requirement analysis, understand the problem, they do the design, they come up with the solution, the documentation and during the year they present to their customer and get feedback from the customer.

Course details for local students

Master of Information and Communication Technology

Semester starts:
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Fees amount:
$18,750 per 120 credit points.
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years full-time or up to 4 years part-time.
Prerequisites:
The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of a relevant Australian Bachelor degree (or international equivalent) in computer science, information technology, computer engineering, or communication/telecommunication engineering with a substantial learning in computer science content. In addition, they are required to have a minimum Weighted Mark Average (WAM) 60% (or its equivalent based on the level of standard assessed by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition) in their previous qualification. Applicants must also have obtained a minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0 in IELTS (Academic), or an equivalent English language test. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
The Master of Information and Communication Technology is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Graduates of the Master of Information and Communication Technology may apply for membership with the Australian Computer Society. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Intermediate Network Engineering
  • Programming for Engineers and Scientists
  • Big Data Management in the Cloud (Elective)

Semester 2

  • Professional Environment
  • Network, Systems and Web Security
  • Entrepreneurship in IT
  • Bioinformatics Technologies (Elective)

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Pervasive Network Design
  • Wireless Network Engineering
  • Computational Intelligence (Elective)

Semester 2

  • Advanced Network Engineering
  • Information Technology Project
  • Communication Protocol Engineering (Elective)

Course details for international students

Master of Information and Communication Technology (061684F)

Semester starts:
See additional information
Fees amount:
24 000. This is the normal annual fee for this course. Find out more about EFTSL and fees at La Trobe University.
Campus:
Melbourne
Duration:
2 years
Prerequisites:
IELTS (Academic): minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0. TOEFL Paper-based Test: minimum score of 575 (minimum score of 5 in the Test of Written English). TOEFL Internet-based Test: minimum score of 80 with minimum overall for SLR 18; W 22. La Trobe Melbourne (ELICOS): Completion of the English for Further Studies Advanced Stage 6B at La Trobe Melbourne with minimum 60 per cent overall and 60 per cent in final exam. For more information please visit the La Trobe Melbourne website. English as the language of instruction in tertiary studies may be accepted. Please note: English as the language of instruction in previous study will not be accepted as a basis of admission (English) for courses where the approved test score requirement is above an IELTS 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0. Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 64 with no communicative skill score less than 59. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of B or higher. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): a grade of C or higher. Or approved international equivalent.
Academic entry requirements:
The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of a relevant Australian Bachelor degree (or international equivalent) in computer science, information technology, computer engineering, or communication/telecommunication engineering with a substantial learning in computer science content. In addition, they are required to have a minimum Weighted Mark Average (WAM) 60% (or its equivalent based on the level of standard assessed by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition) in their previous qualification. Applicants must also have obtained a minimum score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0 in IELTS (Academic), or an equivalent English language test. NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
The Master of Information and Communication Technology is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Graduates of the Master of Information and Communication Technology may apply for membership with the Australian Computer Society. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional information:
This course commences in Summer (October), Semester 1 (March), and Semester 2 (July). However if you want Advanced Standing (credit) for subjects including Professional Environment, Network Engineering Fundamentals and Object Oriented Programming Fundamentals, you cannot commence in the Summer (October).
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Intermediate Network Engineering
  • Programming for Engineers and Scientists
  • Big Data Management in the Cloud (Elective)

Semester 2

  • Professional Environment
  • Network, Systems and Web Security
  • Entrepreneurship in IT
  • Bioinformatics Technologies (Elective)

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Pervasive Network Design
  • Wireless Network Engineering
  • Computational Intelligence (Elective)

Semester 2

  • Advanced Network Engineering
  • Information Technology Project
  • Communication Protocol Engineering (Elective)

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