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In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely. 

This course will be available for students to study remotely whilst the Australian border remains closed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

About this course

It is designed to extend and update your knowledge in advanced computing subject areas, or provide an excellent retraining opportunity if you are a professional aiming to move to a new IT specialty.

You may undertake units of study towards this award full time over one semester or part time over one year.

If you are interested in pursuing further study, completing the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology with a credit average may prepare you for admission to the Master of Information Technology or Master of Information Technology Management.

In 2021, our Graduate Certificate in Information Technology will revert back to an exit award only, for those enrolled in the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology or Master of Information Technology.

Please consider one of these alternative degrees if you are interested in obtaining the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology at that time.

Subject areas

This course has no speciliasation or major.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

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How to apply

Applying for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

There is no separate application required to apply for a CSP. Once you apply for admission, if you are successful in securing a CSP, you will receive notification via an offer of admission.

A Commonwealth supported place (CSP) is not guaranteed as there are a limited number of CSPs available for postgraduate courses. The number of available CSPs for a course can change each semester/year. CSPs are also not automatically awarded for course transfers and upgrades.

CSPs are awarded for the duration of a course based on academic merit determined by the University and eligibility criteria specified by the Australian Government. Learn more about CSPs. If you do not qualify for a CSP you may be offered a domestic fee-paying place.

Students interested in obtaining the Graduate Certificate Information Technology should apply for the Graduate Diploma Information Technology or Master of Information Technology. The Graduate Certificate Information Technology is only conferred to those who have successfully completed the first 24 credit points of the two aforementioned degrees and have decided to exit the degree early.

What you'll study

Study plan for this course

Candidates for the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology complete 24 credit points (cp) made up of foundational and specialist units of study, subject to meeting prior learning requirements and timetabling.

Classes for this course are held either during the evening or online to accommodate your professional and other external commitments. 

Please note that this course is available via online study mode to domestic students in semester 2, 2020 only.

Candidates may choose to transfer to the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology to pursue further study, subject to meeting progression requirements.

Units of Study

Admission criteria

To be eligible for admission, an applicant is required to have:

  • an Australian bachelor's degree in information technology or equivalent qualification or
  • an Australian Bachelor of Engineering degree and a major sequence of study in computer engineering, software engineering, or equivalent qualification

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Career pathways

Graduates will be IT specialists who possess an excellent combination of knowledge and practical, hands-on expertise to influence and reinforce an organisation's technology infrastructure and to support the people who use it.

They will often be responsible for selecting and deploying software products appropriate for an organisation. They may also be involved in creating and managing business applications, web sites, systems and the IT environment in all types of industries.

Domestic students

International students

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