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Bachelor of  Information Technology

Program code: 2230
QTAC code: 733001
CRICOS code: 001952K


St Lucia


3 Years full-time


Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

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 in the top 100 in the world by subject in the 2019 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.

  • Employability

    Excellent employment rates

    83.2 per cent of UQ's Computer and Information Systems graduates are in full-time employment, according to Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching.

  • Alumni
    UQ is a first-class university with award-winning lecturers, and I feel that my experiences there equipped me with the skills necessary to excel in my career and broader industry. The opportunity to complete projects with real-world clients and gain practical experience while studying was also an attractive factor for me when choosing UQ. James Doyle, Bachelor of Information Technology (Software Information Systems)
    Consultant (IT Advisory), EY (formerly Ernst & Young), Brisbane

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 in roles such as:

  • analysts
  • programmers
  • designers (user experience, software, games and apps)
  • developers
  • administrators
  • consultants
  • entrepreneurs
  • 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.

  • Beyond the classroom

    Turn your idea into something big

    Whatever your ambitions – to be a leader, start a business, increase your employability or contribute to a social enterprise – UQ’s suite of entrepreneurship programs will support you to prepare for the future of work and reach your full potential.


  • Program code
  • QTAC code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 Years full-time
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020)
    Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)
  • Program level
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 7
  • CRICOS code

Admissions criteria

Entry scores

All international applicants need to meet the minimum entry score for this program.


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

View the Prerequisites guide for more information about subject equivalents for interstate high schools, overseas high schools, university subjects and pathways and bridging programs.

English Proficiency

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 - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - 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.

View the English proficiency policy

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Information Technology are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


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

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.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.


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.

Financial aid

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

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $45,120
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Information Technology for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

How you apply for the Bachelor of Information Technology depends on what type of applicant you are.

Apply now to QTAC

Your senior schooling is from Australia

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian year 12 (either in Australia or offshore), or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Australia.

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All other international applicants

If you’re not currently studying Year 12 or the International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia, submit your application directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for university.

If you’re studying year 12 in Australia, a good resource is the QTAC website, which has information about the application process and closing dates. Note: what QTAC calls a “course” we call a "program".

If you’re applying directly to UQ, the closing date for the Bachelor of Information Technology is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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