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Information Technology and Systems

A career in IT could see you starting your own business, to working for international companies such as IBM, Intel, Microsoft, and Samsung.

IT professionals work in diverse occupations, from launching their own businesses to working for multi-national companies.

MITS has been designed for everyone, not just those with IT backgrounds, to develop and build on your current skills, and enhance your ability to contribute to the workforce in any industry that has information technology and system needs.

The degree is focused on delivering genuine practical experience with options for work placement, work integrated learning (WIL), or participation in a research and development project within the university to help you hit the ground running and develop a successful and exciting career in your chosen field.

Course Options

Master of Information Technology and Systems

2 years min, 5 years max
Hobart, Launceston, ECA Melbourne (International only)
CRICOS 079193M

View course details Master of Information Technology and Systems

Create IT solutions for real clients – work closely with Tasmania’s ICT businesses with guaranteed work placement.

Work in an industry that is forecasted to need 1.1 million technology workers in Australia by 2026.^

Specialise your learning – Select up to two specialisations that cover a range of advanced IT and IS areas.

Study options


The Cybersecurity specialisation prepares you for a career as a security specialist with the skills to develop and maintain secure ICT systems. You will learn about ethical hacking, network security and penetration testing, and system administration and assurance, eForensics, and security policy and management. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills to identify, diagnose and repair threats in ICT systems. Available: Hobart

Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence

The Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) specialisation prepares you for a career as an analyst programmer with the skills to design and implement intelligent ICT solutions using prevailing and emerging AI techniques. You will also be able to capture, manipulate and analyse large volumes of data and transform it into usable information. You will earn about AI and natural language processing, data management technology, and big data analytics.

Software Development

The Software Development specialisation prepares you for a career as an applications, software, or web programmer with the skills to design and implement innovative ICT solutions using a range of programming languages and emerging technologies. You will learn about programming, web development for the cloud and IoT, software testing, and mobile application development.

Systems Analysis

This specialisation prepares you for a career as a systems analyst with the skills to design and quality assure ICT solutions to support business processes and information management. You will learn about cybersecurity, knowledge and information management, business process innovation and software quality assurance.

ICT Research

ICT research is significant in developing efficient and effective technologies that can be applied in several industries.  The ICT Research specialisation will give you the skills needed to plan and conduct an independent ICT-related research project by collecting, analysing, processing and synthesising complex information. You will work with a supervisor to undertake a significant research project and produce a research dissertation. This specialisation is the pathway to a PhD for Master students.

ICT Entrepreneurship and Innovation

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation group of units will give you the skills needed to instigate, plan, lead and manage the innovation process and take ideas to entrepreneurial success. Graduates will be able to create and analyse innovative opportunities and solutions supported by entrepreneurial business models and strategies to inform a venture’s decision making.

Course breakdown


Master of Information Technology and Systems

The normal duration of the Master of Information and Technology Systems is 2 years. You will do the equivalent of at least twelve 12.5% units, and up to sixteen 12.5% units, based on your existing qualifications and experience.

The normal course structure contains:

1. Six core units

2. Four specialisation units, with a choice from four options to focus your learning:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence
  • Software Development
  • Systems Analysis

3. Second Specialisation or4 cross-listed units


You can select a professional specialisation

  • ICT Research
  • ICT Professional Experience


You can undertake four ICT units of your choice from any ICT specialisation (aside from ICT Research)

Career outcomes

The Master of Information Technology Systems (MITS) is an effective means of opening new career possibilities in a broad range of ICT fields.

You will graduate with the knowledge and skills to solve complex social, economic, and technical problems within the context of information and communication technology. This degree provides fundamental skills in systems analysis and design; programming; cyber-security; web technology; database technology; data communications and networking technology.

Graduates will enjoy varied and rewarding careers around the world including:

  • Mobile App Developer
  • Front/Back End Developer
  • Data Modeller
  • Software Designer
  • Web Developer
  • Software Developer
  • Machine Learning Software Engineering
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Modeller
  • Analyst Programmer
  • Security Specialist
  • Network Administrator
  • Systems Administrator
  • IoT Engineer
  • Data Modeller
  • Data Analyst
  • Analyst Programmer
  • Business Analyst
  • Project Manager

Careers relating to technology are growing fast with employers demanding technical expertise across a wide variety of different industries. Over the next five years, the technology workforce is forecast to exceed 1.1million jobs*.

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.

*Australian Computer Society (ACS) Digital Pulse report 2021

^ACS Australia’s Digital Pulse: future directions for Australia's technology workforce - Deloitte Access Economics

ICT Business and Systems Analysts


Predicted job growth to 2025

Software and Applications Programmers


Predicted job growth to 2025

Multimedia Specialists and Web Developers


Predicted job growth to 2025

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 for 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.