University of Technology Sydney

Postgraduate course information

Postgraduate coursework

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology offers coursework programs in information systems, information technology (with a choice of six majors), interaction design, and internetworking.

The courses are designed to challenge the IT professional, help professionals develop specialised IT skills or equip people to enter the IT industry from other fields. The innovative programs cover growth areas such as cloud computing, computer graphics and gaming, data mining, enterprise software engineering, human-centred design, information systems services, interactive multimedia, networking applications and services, and strategic IT management and leadership.

Progression rules

Postgraduate information technology students may be excluded from further study at the University if they meet the following criteria:

  1. have attempted a minimum of 18cp in their course
  2. fail more than 50 per cent of the total number of enrolled credit points from the commencement of the course

Postgraduate information technology students may also be excluded from a course if they exceed the maximum time allowed for completion of that course (see rule 10.5).

Recognition of prior learning

Students who have previously undertaken relevant postgraduate-level study at a recognised tertiary education institution may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL) if the subjects completed are deemed by the faculty to be equivalent to subjects in the student's course. To be considered, subjects must normally have been completed no more than ten years prior to the commencement in a UTS Engineering course. Limits apply to the number of credit points of RPL granted; see the dedicated course page within the UTS handbook for further details.


While courses are offered as stand-alone qualifications, they are also components of integrated programs of study that enable students who satisfactorily complete a graduate certificate or graduate diploma to apply for entry to a higher-level course within their chosen field of study. Where a student articulates from one level of study to another, the subjects completed are also carried forward into the higher-level course. Application for articulation may be made via internal course transfer.


A major consists of 36 credit points of study (normally six 6-credit-point subjects) in a related area. The name of the major completed appears on the student's academic transcript and testamur.

Master of Information Technology courses

Students complete one major from the following:


A sub-major consists of 24 credit points of study (normally four 6-credit-point subjects) in a related area. The name of the sub-major completed appears on the student's academic transcript (not the testamur).

Master of Information Technology (Extension)

Students complete one sub-major from the following:

Postgraduate research

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology has a lively and cutting-edge research culture driving advances in engineering and IT technology, practice and education. The faculty's research is needs-driven and collaborative, and works with many enterprises in business partnerships. Researchers are world-class and recognised leaders in their fields.

Research is varied and utilises modern laboratories and research facilities at City campus, Broadway and Tech Lab, Botany. These are supported by extensive computing facilities and library services. The laboratories have excellent back-up workshops and expert support staff. Many opportunities exist for professional development through challenging, well-resourced research programs.

The faculty practises excellence in research and research training, and is committed to the production of high quality research output in collaboration with other faculties, other universities and industries in Australia and overseas. The faculty's increasing research activities are driven by a substantial number of excellent research leaders among academic staff which has resulted in a significant increase in high quality research publications, PhD completions and competitive research grants awarded, in particular research grants from the Australian Research Council.

Contacts and inquiries

The management and administration of all research matters of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology is conducted by the faculty's Research Office, headed by the Associate Dean, Research Excellence and the Associate Dean, Research Strategy and Management. The office is responsible for a broad range of matters including, but not limited to, research-strategic priorities, policy and planning, and advice and support to faculty staff in preparing grant applications, research publications, research conferences and research degree student supervision. The Associate Deans are supported by the Director, Research Programs, the Manager, Research Support and the research administration officers, who are responsible for the academic management and support of research degree students and general research matters respectively.

Research matters are governed via the Research Management Committee and Research Degrees Committee that report to the Faculty Board in Engineering and Information Technology. The Research Management Committee has overarching responsibility for determining the faculty's research strategies and policies, and for making recommendations in relation to building research culture and profile, and for budgetary and resourcing matters relating to research. The Research Degrees Committee makes recommendations and sets policies relating to candidature management of higher degree by research students, from admission through to graduation.

Specific inquiries should be directed to the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology Research Office:

telephone +61 2 9514 2686

General inquiries may be directed to the Graduate Research School.

Collaborative research

The research strengths in the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology were recognised as a consequence of a thorough analysis of networks of expertise and communities of interest, and based on the review of ICT research at UTS.

Each Information Technology research strength includes a number of specialised research laboratories that bring together staff, experts, research students and external organisations to develop new and innovative ideas, and apply them in practice. The quality and relevance of research in the research laboratories is enhanced by well-established links, both with industry and with overseas research institutions. Graduate research students, academics, visiting researchers and research assistants undertake collaborative research within these laboratories.

Research centres and institutes

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology hosts a growing number of key research centres and institutes. These centres are hives of research activity that have international standing within their respective discipline areas.

Formal external research links

The faculty's research groups have formal links to external organisations such as the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) network.

Capital Markets CRC

The Capital Markets CRC aims to be the technology provider of choice to global securities businesses/markets. It supports research programs in corporate governance, data mining, interoperability, language technology, market design and visualisation.

Contact: Professor Chengqi Zhang