Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2015 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 2015 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Information Technology.

Course code3348
Managing facultyInformation Technology
Abbreviated titleMIT
CRICOS code079055K
Total credit points required96
Standard duration of study (years)2 years FT, 4 years PT

Students have a maximum of six years to complete this course.

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.


This course prepares students for work in the information technology industry at the highest levels. It provides students with a previous tertiary qualification in another discipline area with the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable them to deal effectively with advanced issues involving the application of 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:

(1.) demonstrate comprehensive understanding and deep analysis of advanced algorithms and information technologies

(2.) independently design and construct innovative information technology solutions that are based on sound and considered theoretical foundations

(3.) through either a significant research thesis component or research-grounded industrial project, review, synthesise, apply and evaluate contemporary information technology theories

(4.) extend and generalise existing advanced information technology techniques in relevant contexts and evaluate the efficacy of such extensions

(5.) analyse and consequently report, with scientific rigour, on the application of information technology theories in solving complex problems

(6.) demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate to the wider community how and why information technology theories and applications address relevant societal issues

(7.) understand and actively commit to the ethical use of information technology.

Credit for prior studies

Credit or exemptions up to a maximum of 24 credit points may be granted for bachelor degree level qualification in a technical IT field. Students may be eligible for credit to a maximum of 50 per cent of the course requirements for previous graduate level studies.


This course consists of approved master's-level units, including 36 points of core units, 24 points of either research or industry units and 36 points of electives.


Students must complete:

(a.) four core foundation units (24 points):

  • FIT9131 Programming foundations
  • FIT9132 Introduction to databases
  • FIT9134 Computer architecture and operating systems
  • FIT9135 Data communications

(b.) two core MIT units (12 points):

(c.) four units (24 points) from the following:

  • FIT5003 Software security
  • FIT5011 Network design and performance
  • FIT5032 Internet applications development
  • FIT5034 Quality of service and network management
  • FIT5037 Network security
  • FIT5042 Enterprise application development for the web
  • FIT5043 Distributed and big data processing
  • FIT5046 Mobile and distributed systems
  • FIT5047 Intelligent systems
  • FIT5083 Network infrastructure
  • FIT5133 Enterprise architecture and management
  • 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
  • FIT5145 Introduction to data science
  • FIT5163 Information and computer security
  • FIT5166 Information retrieval systems
  • FIT5171 System validation and verification, quality and standards
  • FIT5195 Business intelligence and data warehousing

(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.

Students can also choose to complete a specialisation in networks and security by replacing the units in (c.) and (d.) with those listed in the 'Area of study' below.

Not all electives will be offered in any one year.

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


  • FIT5120 Industry experience studio project (12 points)
  • FIT5122 Professional practice
  • one unit from the list of approved electives described at (c.)

* To enrol in the research units, students must have successfully completed 24 points of level five units and have achieved an overall average of at least 70 per cent across all level 5 units.

Areas of study

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 units described at (b.) under 'Requirements'.
  • two units from the list of approved electives described at (c.) under 'Requirements'.

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

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

(b.) 24 points of approved electives described at (c.) under 'Requirements'.

(c.) 12 points of electives described at (d.) under 'Requirements'.


Master of Information Technology