Information technology

How to manage, manipulate and communicate information in the 21st century

Learn the theories and principles of IT, specialising in software development, computer networks and web development.

Why study information technology?

Information technology is a thorough and well-rounded major that examines all aspects of IT including web and software development, infrastructure technology, planning and management of technology lifecycles, systems, design, programming and networking.

It also looks at the most pressing social and ethical issues surrounding technology: piracy, hacking and security.

A major in IT will help you gain important industry skills in project management, project estimation, documentation and report evaluation.

Where can information technology take me?

There's great industry demand for graduates in information and communication technology.

You might find yourself working in organisations specialising in hardware and software development. Or in the design and development of technological systems such as computer networks, telecommunications and wireless systems.

Our graduates are equipped to critically analyse domain-specific problems in various industry sectors, such as banking, marketing, health, education, government and transport. They're able to develop innovative solutions through the effective use of IT tools.Studying IT can lead to a career as a systems analyst, programmer, database manager, software engineer, systems marketer, IT consultant, software and applications trainer or security engineer.

Why La Trobe?

  • You can choose to complete part of your degree overseas, at one of over 100 study exchange partners, giving you an international edge.
  • La Trobe is ranked in the top 8 in Australia for our research in computer science (CSW Leiden rankings, 2015).

Further study options

If you're an undergraduate with a strong academic record, your Honours year awaits.

Complete the Honours program with high grades to qualify for entry into the Masters by Research program or direct entry into the PhD program.

Get to know our staff

View all the staff in the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on Computer Science and Information Technology.

How to apply

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're a current Year 12 student or if you're applying to more than one institution. If you're not in Year 12 and applying only to La Trobe, you can apply direct.

Key dates

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in semester 1, and July for entry in semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.


VCE Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or 20 in English other than EAL; and a study score of at least 20 in Maths (any).

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