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Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

From the food on our plates to the money in our bank accounts, our lives rely on technology.

Information and Communication Technology supports every industry around the world, and our degrees will prepare you for a future career in any field.

You’ll develop skills that are in demand globally, and gain valuable project management abilities that will set you apart as an ICT professional. You could be developing software solutions of the future, embedded in multi-disciplinary teams, or leading ICT-driven changes in sectors such as agriculture, banking, education, health, defence, and more.

Catalyst Program

Are you a high achiever and want to get the most out of your University experience? The Catalyst Program combines your Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology with scholarships, extracurricular experiences, special events, and networking opportunities. It was created for outstanding students, just like you.

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Learn about university terminology and definitions in our glossary

Course Options

Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology

Minimum 3 Years, up to a maximum of 7 Years
Launceston and Hobart CRICOS 079196G

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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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Undergraduate Certificate in Applied Technologies

Minimum 6 Months, up to a maximum of 1 Years.
Fully Online

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Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals

Minimum 6 Months, up to a maximum of 1 Years.
Launceston, Hobart

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Master of Information Technology and Systems

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years
Launceston and Hobart CRICOS 079193M

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Design, build and deploy an IT-related solution for a real client with our work integrated learning program.

Learn from teaching staff who are active in research and industry — including game developers and publishers.

Access advanced IT facilities including The Human Interface Technology Laboratory (HITLab), located at our Newnham campus.

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

Pathways

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

Business Analysis

Learn the complex process of identifying problems within a business, understanding what the implications of those problems might be, and developing ICT-based solutions. In addition to technical skills, you’ll learn project management and communication skills that provide the much-needed link between businesses and technical experts.

Available in Hobart and Launceston (Year 1 and 2 only).

Cyber Security

The highly connected world we live in is filled with threats to our systems and devices. This major will enable you to get a foundational understanding of these risks, including encryption systems, penetration testing, and eForensics, as well as how to protect businesses and systems.

Available in Hobart and Launceston (Year 1 and 2 only).

Cyber Security is also available in the Associate Degree in Applied Technologies.

Also see Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals

Data Science

Data is key to government, commerce and science. This major provides an opportunity to explore new kinds of data, and the tools for processing it. You’ll also learn how to capture, manipulate and process huge volumes of digital data and transform it all into usable information.

Available in Hobart and Launceston (Year 1 only).

Games and Creative Technology

Develop a detailed understanding of the processes and technologies used in the development of games and interactive systems. You’ll learn to design, model and program with industry-leading technologies, tools and languages, including VR/AR technology applied in the game and multimedia industries.

Available in Hobart and Launceston.

Software Development

Have a passion for writing code? This major provides an opportunity to deepen and strengthen your programming skills to construct complex software systems. Gain the skills and knowledge to engineer standalone, mobile, networked, multicore and web-based software systems.

Available in Hobart and Launceston.

Computer Science

Computer science is more than just developing software. It prepares graduates for a diverse range of careers. Computer Science will equip you with a broad understanding of ICT technologies including programming, machine learning, and data processing. Pairing Computer Science with another specialisation also allows you to tailor your degree to various job opportunities.

Available in Hobart and Launceston.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a rapidly growing area of business. It influences the way we live, communicate, and improve customer experiences. This major covers in-depth areas such as machine learning, digital disruption, data manipulation, and graphical display. It also integrates core business principles to identify and develop ICT-based solutions for a wide variety of organisations.

Available in Hobart and Launceston.

Geospatial Information Systems

Information Systems and Geospatial Sciences are interconnected areas of technology, which are applied to solve complex environmental, social, and economic challenges. Graduates are multi-skilled professionals, trained to gather and identify geospatial information using technologies such as drones, satellite data, and remote sensing.

Available in Hobart and Launceston.

Industry Automation

This hands-on course combines core studies area 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 which are key areas across a wide range of industries.

Available in the Associate Degree in Applied Technologies.

Course breakdown

Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology

Major units (100 credit points)

You will complete eight units that focus on your chosen major.

Core Units (100 credit points)

You will complete eight core units that will cover the fundamentals of Information and Communication Technology, which are common across all majors.

Elective Units (100 credit points)

These units will broaden your learning experience and complement your major area of study with other discipline-specific studies. You may choose from any units offered from the College of Sciences and Engineering, or other areas of the University that are available as electives.

Associate Degree in Applied Technologies

Stream Units (50 credit points)

You will complete four units that focus on your chosen Applied Technologies Stream: Cybersecurity 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 in areas 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.

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Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals

Typically six months full time, 50 credit points

Fundamental Cyber Security learning (50 credit points)

Learn to implement encryption, undertake vulnerability analysis and penetration testing, and gain an understanding of what makes a password weak or strong and how to educate others on suspicious activity and potential attacks based on phishing and malware.

Students completing the Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals can gain full credit for all four units certificate in the Cyber Security major of the Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology.

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Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology

Typically three years full time, 300 credit points

Your choice of ICT major (100 credit points)

You’ll undertake eight units (two in first year, two in second year, four in third year) in a focussed area of your choice from Artificial Intelligence, Business Analysis, Computer Science, Cyber Security, Data Science, Games and Creative Technology, Geospatial Information Systems, and Software Development.

For all majors you’ll undertake ICT Project in third year, delivering practical work experience during a full-year project in which you design, engineer and implement ICT solutions to real industry problems

ICT core learning (100 credit points)

All students study eight core subjects that help develop them as an ICT Professional, providing the skills and knowledge necessary to implement technical skills in business environments.

Elective Units (100 credit points)

These units broaden your learning with discipline-specific studies from anywhere in the University. You may use this to complement your ICT skills towards a wide range of specialist areas from business to tourism.

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Master of Information Technology and Systems

Typically two years full time, 200 credit points

This postgraduate degree provides you with broad knowledge and understanding of fundamental information and communication technology concepts and principles.

It also enables all you to select significant areas for in-depth study from a range of advanced Information Technology (IT) and Information Systems (IS) areas.

These combine to create graduates who have knowledge, understanding and experiences that transcend technologies and are robust over time so that they are well-placed to deal with ongoing, rapid changes in the IT and IS fields.

Career outcomes

Capstone ICT Project tackling real-world businesses and market issues

When you study the Bachelor of Information Communication and Technology (BICT), you get the chance to complete a capstone project and explore an ICT topic of your choice. This might mean creating business solutions for real clients, developing technology-driven projects, investigating issues of social impacts, or designing games and creative technology.

Read about two of the BICT Capstone projects students undertook in 2020.

Whether it's designing apps or websites, running virtual reality tours, building the latest gaming sensation, or working at a bank leading advancement in cyber security, a career in Information and Communication Technology will set you up for life.

Careers relating to technology are growing, with employers demanding technical expertise across a wide variety of different industries. Here are some of the top jobs projected to grow in the next five years.

  • Computer System Design and Related Services is expected to grow 17.6% by 2024*.
  • The employment demand for ICT workers is forecast to grow by 100,000 between 2018 and 2024. Citation: ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse 2019 report

* ABS Labour Force Survey, National Skills Commission trend data to May 2019 and projections to 2024.

Study Experiences

Studying Information and Communication Technology

I like IT because I can put things together and actually see them come into life and become not just words on a screen but actually something you can interact with, you can test, you can show people. You can see it grow from just a little idea into this big full-on product.

Jesse Cunningham, Information and Communication Technology

Industry engagement is an important part of our course offerings. Bachelor students undertake projects in their third year involving a significant open-ended and wide-ranging challenge supplied by an industry client.

You'll work in a team, engage with your client, plan and create a solution, drawing on knowledge and capability from your earlier studies. The projects are based on a real-life problem, allowing you to experience the type of professional challenges that a graduate is likely to encounter.

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.