Start date

1 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge

AUD$ 37,100 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • No.1 in SA for graduate careers1 and skills2 in IT.
  • Extend your qualifications in IT with a one-year honours program.
  • Prepare for a professional career in computing, information technology or information systems.
  • Study advanced coursework topics and a major project in computer and information science.
  • Position yourself to study towards a PhD.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2020-22, Computing and Information Systems – Full-time Employment Indicator (Domestic Undergraduate). SA public universities.

2ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2020-21, Computing and Information Systems – Skills Development Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities. 



If you have achieved excellent academic results in a Bachelor level IT degree such as our:

  • Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Software Development)
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Networking and Cybersecurity)
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Mobile Application Development)
  • Bachelor of Information Technology (Games and Entertainment Design), or
  • an equivalent degree in IT or Computer Science at another university

you could be eligible for entry into our Honours program.

The Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours) prepares you for higher level graduate jobs in IT. It may also lead to research or leadership roles in computing, information technology or information systems, as well as postgraduate and PhD studies.

On-campus teaching for this program is based at the Mawson Lakes campus. Only 20 minutes from the city centre with easy parking. The Mawson Lakes campus is also accessible by bus and train with the Mawson Lakes train station only a short walk.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

Taught by world-class researchers, you will study advanced IT electives and research methods.

You will also work on a year-long project that uses your multi-disciplinary undergraduate skills in computer graphics, business intelligence, software, networking, information and security.

You will present your results both at a research seminar and in the form of a written document.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Methods INFT 4017 4.5
Honours Minor Thesis Preparation NASC 4019 4.5
Honours Minor Thesis 1 NASC 4017 4.5 Note(s): 5
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 3,4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 3,4
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 3,4
Honours Minor Thesis 2 NASC 4018 9 Note(s): 5

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12–26 hours of study when at university and 14–28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • A proposal
  • Presentations – singly or in groups
  • A thesis
  • Assignments, practicals and examinations.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)

Why this Degree

Prepare for a professional career in computing, information technology or information systems.

Your studies will include several core courses in IT advanced computing and information systems, run by our leading researchers.

You will develop skills and knowledge in research through a year-long project, utilising the multi-disciplinary skills you developed in your undergraduate degree.

Real-world connections

With more than 200 industry partners, we offer you opportunities to get real-world experience through projects and placements. Our partners include Fujitsu Australia, SA Water, Uniting Care Wesley Adelaide and more. UniSA is also home to several research centres:

All have world renowned links and associations that provide a dynamic teaching and research base for our students. During your studies you will also have access to world-class facilities such as the IT Development Studio and the IT Innovation Studio.

We also host regular University-wide career expos and employment forums through our Career Service, as well as alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

As a graduate of this degree, you will be suited to a range of leadership and research roles in the IT sector. Job prospects in Australia are excellent for ICT managers, and expected to grow by 13.9 percent by May 2023.1

Careers to consider:

  • PhD Studies: obtain a doctorate in information technology or computer science.
  • Research assistant: undertaking basic research for example by preparing, setting up, conducting, and recording the outcome of experiments and field work; developing questionnaires and conducting surveys; conducting literature and database searches; writing up results of own research; contributing to the production of research reports and publications
  • Virtual reality engineer: designing and implementing virtual reality environments to create simulations and games.
  • Data scientist: Using your skills with mathematics and computer science to create predictive models for understanding large sets of data.
  • Network security manager: designing and implementing networks and network security; understanding of security tools like cloud security, malware detection, web application firewalls, intrusion prevention; technical security risk assessment; writing security procedures and documentation
  • Software developer: developing, coding, testing and debugging software applications; interpreting customer requirements; working with a team to research, design, and write software; working with others to understand and resolve issues in existing software

Explore a range of IT and computing careers here.

1 Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

Industry facts


Professionals in Technology are expected to represent 8.5 per cent of the Australian workforce by 2027, which by far outpaces employment growth in the broader economy

(Australia Digital Pulse 2022)


Employment for ICT in Australia is forecasted to increase by almost 330, 000 (or 5.5 per cent) jobs by 2027

(Australian Computer Society 2022)


The tech sector is the third biggest industry in Australia to contribute $167 billion to the Australian economy in 2020 and is only expected to grow stronger in the future

(Accenture and Tech Council 2021)

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways

There are a wide variety of pathways into studying Information Technology at UniSA. 
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Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

Study in specialised facilities ranked Number 1 in SA for campus facilities in I.T.1 Our Mawson Lakes Campus has a number of specialist teaching spaces including a lab designed for CISCO networking certification, an Apple lab for mobile and tablet app development, Game Development Lab, and a final year project workplace simulation environment.  As part of your project you will get the opportunity to work in modern research facilities.

1 ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2019-20 – Computing and Information Systems – Learning Resources Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.

Your study spaces

Your program director

I’m passionate about building university degrees that help students further their careers. The biggest reward I get is meeting students later in their careers and having them say how useful what they learned at our University was for them. My Phd was in programming languages and concurrency. However, more recently I have been working with virtual reality technologies and the internet of things.

AsPr Stewart Von Itzstein

Program Director

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Program Director


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What others are saying

The best part about studying an honours degree is the flexibility of being able to choose your thesis topic and closely work alongside professionals at UniSA. The research skills and knowledge obtained alongside discovering unknown elements in the field is an exciting experience for anyone who is passionate on a particular topic.

Ben Volmer

Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)

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Ben Volmer

Bachelor of Information Technology (Honours)

I have run my own computer consultancy company, been a Computer Scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and was a software engineer for the Computer Sciences Corporation and General Electric Company. I love sharing my industry experience with students so that together we can explore new ideas, concepts and technologies.

Bruce Thomas


Bruce Thomas

Before I came to UniSA, I was the Director of a large research laboratory at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. While there I worked in industry conducting applied research for companies including Google, where I worked on the Google Glass team for six months in the US.

Mark Billinghurst

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