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Graduate Certificate in Information Technology

Overview

Broaden your career opportunities or change direction with a postgraduate qualification in Information Technology.

If you want to master the basics of IT, the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology is designed for graduates who haven't previously studied the subject. In this half year program, you'll learn core IT concepts and techniques, with a strong focus on computer-based information systems and database technologies.

You'll complete four courses from a huge range of options, which cover topics from an introductory to an advanced level, including software systems, database systems, information security, and user-centred design.

You'll also benefit from our flexible program. The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology offers such a large number of elective courses that you can tailor your studies to suit your interests, your industry or your career goals.

On completion, you can choose to progress to the Graduate Diploma or Master of Information Technology. Because courses in the graduate certificate are taken from the Master's course list, you can transfer study credits to the higher-level programs.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
Half Year (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2024), Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2024)
Program Code
5033
AQF
Level 8
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$25600
Duration
Half Year
Start Semester
Semester 1 (19 Feb, 2024), Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2024)
Program Code
5033
CRICOS Code
046495C
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Advance your skills in web and software development, new IT concepts and techniques.
  • Study courses covering software systems, database systems, information security and more.
  • Tailor your studies to suit your interests, your industry or your career goals.
  • Take advantage of the option to transfer study credits to higher-level programs.

78 in the world for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2024

1 in Queensland for computer science and information systems

QS World University Rankings 2024

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Online study
  • Research experience
  • Laboratory work

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Introduction to Software Engineering
  • Design Computing Studio 1 - Interactive Technology
  • Introduction to Information Systems
  • Relational Database Systems

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Information design lead
  • Solutions architect
  • IT manager
  • Scrum master
  • Relationship manager
  • Application developer
  • Digital learning designer
  • Analyst programmer
  • Cloud developer
  • Master data analyst

Average annual salary range

Information Technology (IT) Manager

$125–$145K

seek.com.au

Graduate salary

Computing & information systems (postgraduate)

$56K–$77K

compared.edu.au

Next steps after graduation

Graduates are employed in areas as diverse as electronic commerce, information systems, technology management, computer science, health informatics, geographical information systems, and biotechnology.

Professional memberships

When you graduate, you may be eligible for memberships with the following professional organisations. Contact the organisation to find out how to become a member.

  • Australian Computer Society

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry, you'll need:

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a field other than information technology, computer science, software/computer engineering, interaction design or multimedia design, or
  • to have completed post-secondary studies in a field other than information technology, computer science, software/computer engineering, interaction design or multimedia design, and 2 years full-time equivalent relevant work experience (see below). Applications based on post-secondary study and/or work experience will be individually assessed.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.
Your bachelor's degree must not contain more than 5 information technology or computer science discipline related courses.
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a field other than information technology, computer science, software/computer engineering, interaction design or multimedia design, or
  • to have completed post-secondary studies in a field other than information technology, computer science, software/computer engineering, interaction design or multimedia design, and 2 years full-time equivalent relevant work experience (see below). Applications based on post-secondary study and/or work experience will be individually assessed.

You must have a grade point average (GPA) of 4.5 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.
Your bachelor's degree must not contain more than 5 information technology or computer science discipline related courses.

Relevant work experience

Relevant work experience includes a minimum of two years' work in a professional, knowledge-based or information-oriented workplace. This may include work in administration, business, customer support, finance, government, human resources, law, marketing, operations/project management, strategy and sustainability. This will need to be supported with evidence. 

 

Evidence of relevant work experience should include a letter from your employer (and/or previous employers) clearly stating the following:

 

  • That you work (or worked) within the specified organisation
  • The nature of your work, detailing any relevant duties and responsibilities to the entry criteria above
  • The length of time you were in your role/s (i.e demonstrating minimum length for entry) and whether this was full-time, part-time, or casual
  • Any further bespoke conditions listed by the entry criteria

 

Letters will typically be expected to be presented on company letterhead and signed by a manager or HR representative. A CV or resume is not a sufficient document on its own, and must be accompanied by a supporting letter as described above.

 

All applications based on work experience are subject to an individual assessment.

 

Entry into a program through work experience does not necessarily provide a pathway into further study in a Masters.

Related programs

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL iBT (including Paper Edition) - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

PTE Academic - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the Genuine Student (GS) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (8 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

$4,474

2024

$4,474

2024

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (8 units). Your fees will vary according to your study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $25,600

2024

AUD $25,600

2024

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

You may be eligible for more than 100 scholarships, including:

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • May 30 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in Semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in Semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying – or if you have any questions about university life – get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

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