La Trobe University

Master of Information and Communication Technology

Overview

Start dates
Semester 1 (March), Semester 2 (July), Summer (October)
Duration
2 years full-time or up to 4 years part-time.
Fees and costs
$19,400 per 120 credit points.

The Master of Information and Communication Technology will give you the advanced skills and knowledge you need to take the next step in your ICT career.

In second year, you'll collaborate with a small team to plan and develop an industry-focused software or IT project. You'll also get to choose from a large selection of computer science, electronic engineering and networking elective subjects to deepen your knowledge in areas that interest you.

Throughout the course you’ll learn to develop smart solutions to real problems in a collaborative team setting, graduating with the full suite of relevant skills and knowledge required to get ahead in the global ICT job market. Among other things, you'll learn about project management, system design, testing and documentation.

You can complete your study in two years (standard duration) or fast-track it in 18 months (accelerated option).

According to joboutlook.gov.au, the steady job growth experienced in the area of ICT over the past five years is set to continue. Global demand for skilled ICT professionals means that, as a graduate, you'll be sought-after for a diverse range of roles across multiple sectors around the world.

The normal structure of the course is for students to enrol in six 15-credit point subjects per year (90 credit points) for two years.

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Career outcomes

According to joboutlook.gov.au, the steady job growth currently experienced in the area of ICT is set to continue in coming years. A global demand for skilled ICT professionals means that, as a graduate, you'll be sought-after for a diverse range of roles across multiple sectors around the world. Our Master of ICT equips you for management, research and development roles in: - systems and security engineering - software and hardware - network design, management and engineering - data communications - telecommunications - application protocol - wireless networks, and more. It also prepares you for roles as: - systems analysts - information technology consultants - information systems administrators - software and applications trainers - systems engineers - security engineers, and more.

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 ACS. Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$19,400 per 120 credit points.

Scholarships

Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start in Semester 2, 2018.

Applications for Summer Semester, 2018/19 and Semester 1, 2019 will open later this year.

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Additional information

Advanced Standing with credit is not available for previous tertiary studies. However, Advanced Standing (preclusion) for a core subject is available. Students applying for preclusion must provide details of the curriculum from the course handbooks together with a copy of their academic transcript.

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: