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Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 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 2014 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 (Prof)
CRICOS code079242G
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield)
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  • 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 five years to complete this course.


This course prepares students with previous degree in information technology to advance their knowledge of information technology on both industry and research issues to the highest levels. It provides students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to deal effectively with the rapid changes in the information technology.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate comprehensive understanding and deep analysis of advanced algorithms and information technologies
  • independently design and construct innovative information technology solutions that are based on sound and considered theoretical foundations
  • through either a significant research thesis component or research-grounded industrial project, review, synthesise, apply and evaluate contemporary information technology theories
  • extend and generalise existing advanced information technology techniques in relevant contexts and evaluate the efficacy of such extensions
  • analyse and consequently report, with scientific rigour, on the application of information technology theories in solving complex problems
  • demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate to the wider community how and why information technology theories and applications address relevant societal issues
  • understand and actively commit to the ethical use of information technology


This course consists of approved master's-level units including 18 points of core units, 24 points of either research or industry units and 30 points of electives.


Students must complete:

(a.) three units (18 points) chosen from the following list:

(b.) 24 points of research* or industry units as follows:


  • FIT5199 IT minor research project
  • FIT5120 Industry experience project 1
  • FIT5121 Industry experience project 2
  • FIT5122 Professional practice

* To enrol in the research units, students must have successfully completed 24 points of level five non-foundation units and have achieved an overall average of at least 70% across all non-foundation units.

(c.) three units (18 points) from the following list of approved electives:

  • FIT5043 Distribution and big data processing
  • FIT5046 Mobile and distributed systems*
  • FIT5047 Intelligent systems*
  • FIT5136 Software engineering*
  • FIT5137 Database analysis and processing*
  • FIT5138 Advanced software engineering
  • FIT5139 Advanced distributed and parallel systems
  • FIT5140 Advanced mobile systems
  • FIT5141 Advanced topics in information technology
  • FIT5142 Advanced data mining
  • FIT5166 Information retrieval systems
  • FIT5171 System validation and verification, quality and standards

*Only the unit not completed under (a.) is permitted as an elective.

(d.) two postgraduate electives (12 points) chosen from:

Units chosen from another faculty must be approved by the Course Director and may require permission from the owning faculty

Progression to further studies

Graduates of this course who achieve an overall distinction average for all units and a distinction grade or higher for FIT5125 IT research methods and the research thesis are eligible to apply for entry into a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program.

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.

Graduate Certificate in Information Technology after 24 points of study comprising all four units described at (a.) under 'Requirements'.

Graduate Diploma in Information Technology after 48 points of study comprising:

(a.) all four units described at (a.) under 'Requirements'

(b.) 24 points from one of:

  • either the research or industry option as detailed at (b.) under 'Requirements'
  • four of the elective units detailed at (c.) under 'Requirements'


Master of Information Technology (Professional)