Master of Information and Communication Technology

Choose Information and Communication Technology at La Trobe

Building on your existing degree, the Master of Information and Communication Technology equips you with the advanced skills and knowledge you need to launch a global career in ICT.

In this course you'll develop high-level capabilities through practical industry, IT and software projects. You'll work with a team to develop solutions to real problems, and you'll learn about project management, system design, testing and documentation as you go. You'll have the opportunity to follow your own interests as you choose from a huge range of computer science, electronic engineering and networking electives.

Learn at your own pace with options to accelerate and gain Advanced Standing (credit), or take your study overseas with one of our partner universities.

Whatever your direction, a Master of Information and Communication Technology is your global ticket to a rewarding career across a range of industries.

Career outcomes

The global shortage of skilled ICT professionals means you'll be sought-after on a global scale for a diverse range of roles across multiple sectors.

This course 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 a:

  • systems analyst
  • information technology consultant
  • information systems administrator
  • software and applications trainer
  • systems engineer
  • security engineer and more.

Course information


Melbourne (campus location)


2 years full time or 18 months accelerated


Classes are held at our Melbourne Campus during business hours.


The complete course is 180 credit points.

Australian students

$16,640 annual fee based on 120 credit points (2015 indicative course fee). You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government no-interest loan for university fees.

International students

$21,945 annual fee based on 6 subjects per year - 90 credit points (2015 indicative course fee). Get more information on fees and how to pay.

Entry requirements

Australian Bachelor's degree or international equivalent, in computer science, information technology, computer engineering, electronic engineering or communication/telecommunication engineering with a credit average or higher.

International students need an overall academic IELTS (or equivalent) score of 6.5. Find out more about English language requirements.

Course content

This course is made up of a combination of core subjects and electives.

In first year, you'll work with a small team to plan and develop an industry-focused software or IT project. You'll also choose from a large selection of computer science, electronic engineering and networking subjects to complete your study in two years (standard duration) or 18 months (accelerated).

First year core subjects

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Industry Project A and B or Information Technology Project

Elective subjects

Complete 135 points worth of electives including at least one Level 4 computer science subject. The following is a small sample of available electives. For a full list see the handbook.

Computer science elective subjects

  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Big Data Management in the Cloud
  • Bioinformatics Technologies
  • C Programming for Engineers and Scientists
  • Computational Intelligence and more.

Electronic engineering elective subjects

  • Advanced Signal Processing
  • Broadband and Digital Communications
  • Engineering Practice
  • Communication Systems
  • Telecommunications Systems Engineering and more.

Networking elective subjects

You'll need to check with your course coordinator before you enrol in these subjects.

  • Communication Protocol Engineering
  • Wireless Network Engineering
  • Mobile and Pervasive Computing
  • Networks Systems and Web Security
  • Network Engineering and more.

How to apply


Find out how to apply direct to La Trobe.


Find out about how to apply as an international student.


Scholarships and financial support

A limited number of Postgraduate Excellence Scholarships are available, offering a 20 per cent discount on course fees. Learn more.

Australian students:

International students:

Inside look

Maria Camila Gonzalez Yanez is a Master of Information and Communication Technology student at La Trobe. Maria highly recommends the industry project component of the course. 'It gives you a better understanding and a more profound understanding of the different topics that you have in IT, so you get into networking or software. You get more hands-on experience.'

The Hooper Memorial Student Project Seminar is an opportunity for undergraduate and postgraduate ICT students to share their work and network with industry people. Maria recently presented her industry project at the Hooper Seminar and welcomed the opportunity to connect with people in the industry.

'At this event I'm hoping to get more experience presenting to a crowd that is professionals, not only students.'

Student Projects Showcase

Find out more about La Trobe's student projects.

Feature staff

Dr Torab Torabi

Dr Torabi is a Senior Lecturer and industry project coordinator at La Trobe. He has over seven years' industry experience (including his work with General Electric Company) and has co-authored more than forty journal and conference papers in software engineering and mobile computing.

He has supervised and coordinated more than 50 research projects including supervision of many postgraduate students. Dr Torabi was received both the Vice Chancellor's and the Dean's Awards for Teaching Excellence in 2007.

See Dr Torabi's full staff profile.

Professor Yi-Ping Phoebe Chen

Professor Yi-Ping Phoebe Chen is Professor, Chair and Director of Research with the Department of Computer Science and Computer Engineering at La Trobe. Her research interests include artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, computational intelligence and more. To date, she has secured over 30 research grants worth over $8 million and has over 200 publications.

Her current research project, Advanced analytics utilising conjoint mining of data and content with applications in business, bio-medicine and electrical power systems is funded by an ARC Discovery Project grant.

See Dr Chen's full staff profile.

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