Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Information Technology

Managing facultyInformation Technology
Abbreviated titleMIT (Hons)
CRICOS code063362G
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details


Course coordinator

Dr Chris Ling


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students have a maximum of six years to complete the requirements of the course.


This course offers a broad, flexible program for students who have a first qualification in a technical information technology field.

Seven specialisations are offered although not all may be available in any one year.

The honours degree prepares students for doctoral-level studies through study in research methods and a research project leading to a minor thesis in information technology.


The objectives of this course are to:

  • provide students with knowledge and understanding of fundamental principles in the disciplinary areas that underpin the information technology field
  • provide students with knowledge, understanding and experiences that transcend technologies and are robust over time so that students are well-placed to deal with ongoing, rapid changes in the information technology field
  • develop students' understanding of significant areas of information technology to a level of depth and sophistication consistent with senior professional practice
  • enable students to complement their detailed studies of significant areas of information technology with elective study from a wide range of disciplines
  • prepare students for PhD study through research methods training and a research project leading to a minor thesis in information technology.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement is through either a course transfer from a relevant Faculty of Information Technology master's program (three-semester or professional), or via articulation from a relevant Faculty of Information Technology postgraduate diploma, eg 2411 Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology.

This is subject to the following:

  • completion of at least eight level-five FIT units taken from the relevant degree specialisation, or at least seven such units plus FIT5185 (Introduction to IT research methods)
  • at least a 75 per cent weighted average mark (WAM) in all level-four or five FIT units attempted (including any failed units).


MIT (Hons) graduates will be awarded an overall honours grade for the degree (H1, H2A, H2B or H3).

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) as meeting the standard of knowledge for professional-level membership.


This course consists of 12 approved master's-level units plus a minor research thesis.

Areas of study


Students must complete:

(a.) at least eight units (48 points) from the specialisations listed under 'Areas of study'

(b.) FIT5185 Introduction to IT research methods (6 points)

(c.) a minor thesis (24 points)

(d.) a maximum of three elective units (18 points) from postgraduate level five units offered by the Faculty of Information Technology or from any other faculty of the University as approved by the course director.

Students can choose to complete one or two specialisations, or select a variety of units and complete the course without a specialisation.

Progression to further studies

Students must complete a minor thesis and will be awarded an overall course grade. Graduates of this course with a H1 or H2A result may progress to PhD study.

Alternative exit(s)

Students wishing to exit this course early may apply to graduate with one of the following provided they have satisfied the requirements for the award:

  • 2411 Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology after successful completion of 48 points of study;
  • 2402 Master of Information Technology after successful completion of 72 points of study.


Master of Information Technology (Honours)