If you enjoy science, dynamic problem solving and computers, you may be the perfect candidate for a degree in Information Technology.
Choosing the perfect place to study can be a little overwhelming, so we’ve explored the best places in Australia to study a Bachelor of Information Technology or a similar degree.
Keep reading to find out all you need to know!
#5. University of Technology Sydney
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UTS comes in at number 5 for Information Technology in Australia. It’s also in the top 100 worldwide.
Overall, UTS is ranked as the ninth best university in Australia.
UTS is located within the Sydney CBD, and is close to Central Station, making it really convenient to get to by public transport.
The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice is a four-year degree that will allow you to explore the critical areas of IT whilst gaining industry experience.
This degree gives you the opportunity to choose an IT major, including Business Information Systems Management, Data Analytics, Enterprise Systems Development, Interaction Design, and Networking and Cyber Security.
As part of this degree, you’ll be required to undertake an industrial internship, which has a duration of a minimum of nine months.
As a bonus, you may also complete an additional year of study to graduate with Honours.
Scholarships to this degree can be found here!
For this degree, HSC Mathematics Advanced and any two units of English are considered assumed knowledge. Other subjects that aren’t compulsory, but recommended are Mathematics Extension 1 and English Advanced.
The lowest selection rank was an ATAR of 80.40.
#4. The University of New South Wales
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At number 4 for Information Technology in Australia, we have The University of New South Wales (UNSW). UNSW is also in the top 100 of universities for this subject, worldwide.
This university is fourth in Australia overall, according to QS Top Universities Australia 2021.
UNSW is found in one of Sydney’s most ideal locations. From its Kensington campus, you can take a bus to Bondi beach, Centennial Parklands or the shopping precinct of Paddington!
The Bachelor of Computer Science through UNSW Engineering will see you well on your way to becoming an IT specialist. During this three-year degree, you will learn all the fundamentals of information technology, including discrete mathematics and data algorithms.
In this degree, you can select from six optional majors. For a specialised IT degree, you may choose to specialise in Artificial Intelligence, which will see you on the front foot of current mining, manufacturing and information trends.
You’ll also have the opportunity to study ten different elective units across the UNSW trimesters, giving you an incredible dynamic university experience. You may even choose to undertake an optional minor by combining electives — this could include Psychology, Accounting and Finance, among eight different options.
Scholarships for this degree can be found here!
The Bachelor of Computer Science lists Mathematics Extension 1 as assumed knowledge.
The guaranteed entry mark for this course in 2021 was an ATAR of 91.
UNSW also offers some alternative pathways, including the Faculty of Engineering Admissions Scheme. If your ATAR was within 10 points of the guaranteed entry mark, you may be eligible to have your skills in mathematics, physics and other sciences evaluated alongside your general attitude to learning.
#3. Australian National University
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The Australian National University (ANU) is ranked third in Australia for Information Technology, according to QS Top University rankings by Subject 2020. It’s also 41st in the world for this subject.
If you study at ANU, you’ll be at Australia’s best university, overall, according to QS Top Universities Australia 2021.
At ANU, you’ll be surrounded by some of Australia’s most iconic places, like Parliament House and the War Memorial. You’ll also be a short drive from some great dining precincts, including Manuka and Kingston.
ANU offers a Bachelor of Information Technology as part of the College of Engineering and Computer Science. This degree is offered under Professor Tom Gedeon.
In this degree, you’ll be equipped to understand the ever-changing nature of TV, gaming systems, mobile phones, music and the like. You will begin by studying computer fundamentals before progressing into the more challenging and innovative notions of IT.
As a specialised undergraduate course, the Bachelor of Information Technology offers tailored majors. You can choose from Advanced Intelligent Systems, Data Science, Intelligent Systems, Information Systems, Cyber Security and Software Development.
Let’s break a couple of these down:
In the Intelligent Systems major, you’ll learn about AI and optimisation. You will graduate with a keen understanding of machine learning, intelligence agents and bio-inspired computing (including algorithms).
A major in Cyber Security will have you learning about reverse-engineer systems and management of contemporary cyber security situations.
If you’re interested in scholarships for this degree, you can search here!
Currently, the Bachelor of Information Technology requires a minimum ATAR of 80 and completion of a Mathematics major (ACT) or advanced (NSW) subject to Year 12 level.
ANU applicants are also assessed on their service to school or community groups.
This university also offers adjustment factors in some settings, which you can learn about here!
#2. University of Sydney
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The University of Sydney (USyd) is the second best place to study Information Technology in Australia and the 42nd best worldwide.
It’s also Australia’s second best university overall, according to QS Top Universities Australia 2021.
USyd is a great uni if you’re a fan of traditional architecture and inner-city dwelling. It will also test your academic rigour while boasting many great clubs and social events!
This university removed their Bachelor of Information Technology a couple of years ago, but you can still study a major in Information Systems (Engineering) as part of the Bachelor of Advanced Computing.
The four-year Bachelor of Advanced Computing is also offered as a double degree with a Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science (Health) or Bachelor of Science (Medical Science). You therefore have the chance to graduate with a very transferable set of skills!
During this major, you will study the use and impact of computing systems in the workplace. You’ll also design and implement systems that can help organisations to deliver more efficient data.
This hand-on major also requires you to complete a Capstone Project, which allows you to implement all your study in a realistic task that considers analysis of various information systems.
A major like this will set you on track for a postgraduate degree, or will give you the skills to work as a system analyst, technology manager or computer program developer.
Scholarships for USyd can be found here!
The guaranteed ATAR for each degree offering an Information Systems major is as follows:
- Bachelor of Advanced Computing: 90
- Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Commerce: 96
- Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Science: 90
- Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Science (Health): 90
- Bachelor of Advanced Computing/Bachelor of Science (Medical Science): 90
USyd also offers some admission pathways, including the Academic Excellence Scheme for students who did not achieve their desired ATAR, but did receive a Band 5 or 6 in high-level English or Maths.
#1. The University of Melbourne
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The University of Melbourne is currently the best ranked place for Information Technology in Australia, and 32nd in the world, according to QS Top University Rankings By Subject 2020.
This university is also second in Australia, overall.
We’ve said before, we love the University of Melbourne’s location! Here, you’ll be surrounded by great coffee shops and bars, complemented by a thriving academic culture.
This university offers Information Technology as a major in both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Design, offering you dynamic study choices.
Both of these three-year degrees are available with part-time alternatives.
In this major, you will learn about AI, data mining, computational health and cybersecurity. This dynamic combination will set you up well to enter the workforce, or to enter in a Master degree in Information Technology.
Melbourne Uni also offers students access to industry infrastructure and venues. You will get to work with the Microsoft Centre of Social and Natural User Interfaces and the exclusive Academic Centre of Cyber Security Excellence, available to just two universities.
If you study the Bachelor of Science, you will also have the chance to study non-science subjects including Chinese and Deafness and Communication. You could choose AI and the Law as an elective, giving you a leg up against competitors once you enter the workforce.
Scholarships are available at Melbourne Uni and can be found here!
Melbourne Uni requires students to score at least a 25 in English and a 30 in EAL.
The current guaranteed ATAR for each degree variation is as follows:
- Bachelor of Science (Information Technologies): 88
- Bachelor of Design (Information Technologies): 88
Lucinda Garbutt-Young hopes to one day be writing for a big-shot newspaper… or maybe just for a friendly magazine in the arts sector. Right now, she is enjoying studying a Bachelor of Public Communication (Public Relations and Journalism) at UTS while she writes on the side. She also loves making coffees for people in her job as a barista, and loves nothing more than a sun shower.