IT professionals work with computer hardware and software, including the screen you're looking at, the network you're connected to, and the software you're using right now. If you're interested in a career in computing, this is the degree for you.

  • The Bachelor of Information Technology will prepare you for a career working with computers and information, where you'll apply technical skills to solve problems, support innovation, and improve communication between people.
  • Choose to complete one or two majors, or an extended major. Majors cover topics relevant to computer hardware, software, and user experience. Majors are also optional – if you prefer, you can study a mix of courses.
  • Complete a range of compulsory courses that will build your core knowledge about software and hardware. You'll study topics including software engineering, design, mathematics, information systems, and more.
  • Benefit from a program developed through strong industry consultation with our Industry Advisory Board. The board is made up of multinational companies including Boeing, Microsoft, Virgin, Accenture and SAP, as well as smaller local startups.

Develop the skills and knowledge you need to shape the future of information communication technology.

  • Teaching staff

    Our teachers are tops

    Our research and teaching work in Computer Science and Information Systems was ranked 60th in the world by subject in the 2017 QS World University Rankings. This puts our academics as the best ranked in Queensland and in the top five in Australia.

  • Professional experience

    Link up with industry

    In your final year you'll have the opportunity to undertake a placement through the CEED program. During your placement you'll work on a significant industry-based project that integrates the knowledge and skills you've learned during your studies.

  • Campus Life

    State-of-the-art facilities

    The school is home to facilities including more than 400 Windows, Unix and Apple workstations; more than 20 specialist computer labs (including 10 with 24-hour access); a university-wide 802.11ac Wi-Fi network; and dedicated IT and engineering support staff.

  • Research

    Keep up-to-date and know more

    UQ is home to the Centre for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology and also has a dedicated Centre for Discrete Mathematics and Computing, which means our teaching is informed by the very best and very latest research.

Majors for this program

There are 5 majors available in the Bachelor of Information Technology.

View all majors for this program

Career outcomes

Because computing is ubiquitous and international, there are a lot of career options for Bachelor of Information Technology graduates.

Graduates typically work as analysts, programmers, designers (user experience, software, games and apps), developers, administrators, consultants, entrepreneurs or project managers. They work both on small teams to complete work within an organisation, or for agencies to complete work for external clients.

The specific roles or industries graduates work in largely depends on their majors.

Other graduates choose to further their research ambitions and enrol in an honours year, where they continue improving their research skills and knowledge.

  • Professional experience

    Research opportunities

    During semester breaks, UQ's Summer and Winter Research Programs provide you with research experience working alongside some of the university’s leading academics and researchers. You just need to find a project relevant to your interests and apply.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International experience – UQ Abroad

    We strongly encourage our students to spend time abroad with one of our international partner universities to diversify their knowledge and experience. Partner universities include the University of Wisconsin, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

    Find out more
  • Campus Life

    Participate in a vibrant culture

    Student organisations will provide you with plenty of opportunities to network, socialise and build relationships outside of the classroom. Groups include the Computing Society, the Video Games Society, and the Idea Network.

  • In the classroom

    Professional skills

    The program recognises that a lot of IT work is team-based, so we've made sure content is flexible, practical and project-focused. Along with technical skills, you'll learn important communication and teamwork skills to prepare you for professional life.

Summary

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) English and Mathematics B.

Program structure

Courses

The courses offered in the Bachelor of Information Technology are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#). A standard full-time study load is 8 units per semester.

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Bachelor of Information Technology. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Professional memberships

Graduates may be eligible for membership with the following professional bodies:

  • Australian Computer Society

Accreditation body

The Bachelor of Information Technology is accredited by:

  • Australian Computer Society

While this program may be accredited by an official industry body in Australia, completing this degree may not result in automatic accreditation for graduates. Please contact the relevant association for details.

Dual programs

Dual programs let you study two degrees at the same time. Each dual program has a single set of Program Rules.

The following dual programs are available with the Bachelor of Information Technology:

Concurrent diplomas

A concurrent diploma is a diploma-level qualification (AQF 5) that you can study alongside your bachelor's program.

All diplomas are made up of 16 units. You can spread these units across the duration of your bachelor's program, or you can complete these units in an accelerated period.

Concurrent diplomas are available in:

Further study options

Graduates of the Bachelor of Information Technology have the opportunity to progress into the following programs:

Eligibility for honours is based on your GPA. For details refer to the Program Rules for the honours program.

Courses and Programs

Majors

The following is a list of majors available in the Bachelor of Information Technology.

When you graduate, any majors, dual majors and extended majors you have completed will be listed on your degree certificate.

Computer Systems and Networks

The Computer Systems and Networks major will teach you how software is controlled on one or many computers, including security, networking and operating systems. It's a very technical major and you'll need strong conceptual and programming skills to do well. Courses focus on programming, computer architecture, computer networks, operating systems, distributed computing and systems security, as well as a variety of distributed software applications (internet applications, mobile computing, embedded computing and ubiquitous computing).

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Computer Systems and Networks major typically work in software development companies, business enterprises, government departments, and research organisations. Their work often involves the security, design and management of new computer systems, and the integration of large-scale distributed computing systems.

Enterprise Information Systems (Dual major)

Enterprise information systems power businesses and organisations. The Enterprise Information Systems major provides you with a strong foundation in designing enterprise-wide and multi-enterprise information systems. You'll also study a range of business electives. During your studies, you'll not only learn how to create large, effective and efficient information systems, but also how to incorporate business process and management knowledge into the system's development in order to maximise the system's performance.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Enterprise Information Systems major typically work in software development companies, or in any field with information systems, which includes almost all business types and government organisations. Graduates have worked as business information analysts, database developers, database administrators, IT project managers and software engineer.

Software Design

Software designers create and manage software applications including games and a number of different tools and systems used by individuals and organisations. These applications, tools and systems are often a part of large and complex ICT networks. Courses in this major focus on topics including programming, software engineering, and the software process, as well as software applications involving Internet design, human-computer interaction, algorithms, data structures, and concurrency.

Career outcomes

Software Design major graduates typically work in a broad range of roles. Our graduates have worked as software engineers, software developers, and software development managers.

Software Information Systems

Information systems are integral to almost every organisation in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. In this major you'll develop the skills to design and build the information systems used everywhere in modern life: in retail, banking, healthcare, transport, education, entertainment, science and engineering. The courses in this major span the lifecycle of information systems, including data acquisition, modelling, storage, retrieval, transformation, presentation, and analytics. By the final year of your program, you'll be capable of creating reliable, secure, scalable and user-friendly information systems.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the Software Information Systems major typically work in software development companies, or in companies where information systems are deployed, which includes almost every medium to large-scale business or organisation in the world. Our graduates have worked as database developers, information analysts, database administrators and software engineers.

User Experience Design

New technologies only succeed if they work for people. User Experience (UX) designers are the people who ensure the design of software, websites, or technologies meets their intended use – from commercial software to personal fitness apps to games, and everything in between. The User Experience Design major is for anyone who wants to work in the multi-skilled field of human-centred design. UX designers work across all sectors of ICT, where their combination of people skills, creativity and technical abilities are in demand. Courses in this major focus on design skills and creativity, programming, and prototyping in different media. Design skills are consolidated in Design Computing studio courses.

Career outcomes

Graduates of the User Experience Design major are typically responsible for developing and improving systems to be more engaging and user-friendly. Graduates have worked as user interface developers, user experience designers, usability specialists, human factors analysts, user researchers, and human interface developers.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. Full definitions of majors are available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

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