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Applied Technologies

With industry-led delivery and an emphasis on practical learning, our Applied Technologies offerings are a world away from traditional IT degrees.

By studying applied technologies, you’ll get hands-on experience with real-world issues that industries all around the world face on a daily basis. Developed in response to industry demand, you'll gain practical skills in the exciting high-tech fields of cyber security and industry automation.

If you've never considered a career in IT, but love all things 'tech', applied technologies could be for you.

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Course Options

Associate Degree in Applied Technologies

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years.
Launceston, Hobart and Cradle Coast CRICOS 0100834

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Developed by industry for industry.
Industry experts have helped to develop the course and are actively involved in the delivery through teaching, site visits, case studies and work placements.

Real world experience.
Get hands-on experience with real-world problems with industry relevant assessments and projects.

Make connections while you study.
Learn from teaching staff who have direct connections to industry and be job-ready when you graduate.

Double degrees

Our new double degrees allow you to deepen your knowledge and expertise within two separate study areas. This means you can choose from our range of exciting, diverse courses and embark on a journey as unique as you are.

Learn more about our double degrees


At the University of Tasmania, we’ll help you get the skills you need to pursue a degree. We offer a wide range of preparatory and pathway programs, as well as short foundation programs, to assist in the transition to university.

Learn more about our pathways

Study options

Cyber Security

Learn the skills and knowledge to become a fully-fledged security technologist. Taught by industry, this course combines core study areas of IT, concepts and procedures for cyber security, computer networks, security management, and ethical hacking.

Industry Automation

This hands-on course combines core areas of Applied Technologies, such as Programming Principles and IT Security Management, along with electrical systems, digital control systems, sensor and sensor network and intelligent systems, and robotics. All of these are key areas across a wide range of industries.

Course breakdown

Associate Degree in Applied Technologies

Typically two years
Stream Units (50 credit points)  

You will complete four units that focus on your chosen Applied Technologies Stream: Cyber security OR Industry Automation.

Discipline Core Units (100 credit points)  

Eight units to broaden your knowledge of technology and complement your chosen stream within Applied Technologies.

Elective Units (50 credit points) 

You will complete four elective units in the Associate Degree in Applied Technologies. Your electives can be used to add breadth to your degree, by exploring a variety of different subject areas from across the University such as Arts, Business, Design, Science, and Information Communication Technologies.

Alternatively, you can deepen your engagement with specific subject areas, for example, by completing additional units in the same discipline field.

By completing the Associate Degree in Applied Technologies (Z2F), you may receive some credit towards a bachelor degree at the University of Tasmania. The amount of credit received will be subject to the University's discretion.

Career outcomes

The technology industry is currently booming in Australia, with an estimated 792,000 workers estimated to be working in the technology workforce by 2024*. To break this down, this means that roles in ICT Support and Test Engineers are estimated to grow by 30.4%, Network and Support Professions by 30%, and Software and Application Programmers by 23.4% by the end of 2025^.

By completing the Undergraduate in Applied Technologies or the Associate Degree in Applied Technologies, you’re developing skills for the future which will open you up to a world of opportunities. Potential career options may include: Cyber security specialist, Network analysis, Computer support technician, Project support officer, Consultancy.

Careers relating to Marine and Antarctic Science are growing across many industries. Here are some of the top careers projected to grow in the next five years*.

*Australia’s Digital Pulse 2019, Deloitte 2019.

^National Skills Commission five year projections from November 2020 to November 2025.

ICT Support & Test Engineer Roles


Predicted job growth to 2025

Network & Support Professionals


Predicted job growth to 2025

Software & Application Programmers


Predicted job growth to 2025

Study Experiences

Lisa's Story

"There has been so much help and assistance from lecturers and support services, and we’ve had invaluable access to industry professionals who had held lectures and hosted workshops. I’ve really enjoyed learning again. It is an amazing experience.”

Entry information

Entry requirements

Entry requirements vary across courses. You'll find the requirements on our individual course pages. These can be accessed from Course Options, which is located at the top of this page.

We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you're not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our admissions team will work with you to find the best pathway option.

Credit for prior learning

The University of Tasmania aims to provide you with credit for approved prior study or equivalent professional experience which exceeds standard entrance requirements for courses. For more information please visit Recognition of Prior Learning.

English language requirements

For those applicants who are nationals of and currently residing in a country where English is not the official language, evidence of an IELTS or TOEFL test must be provided. For more information, please visit International Future Students.