Information technology courses

Shape the future of technology with an IT course from the university of your choice.

The digital economy will play a big role in Australia’s future, disrupting the way consumers purchase, students learn, tourists travel and businesses function. With the right online IT qualification, you can help people get the best out of this technology—and maybe even design it.

Explore your study options through Open Universities Australia and discover IT qualifications that could transform your career. All courses are delivered online by leading Australian universities, which allows you to study when and how you choose.

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Benjamin studied information technology with RMIT through Open Universities Australia

Why should you study information technology?

The world is in a never-ending cycle of advancement and innovation. This means there’s an increased demand for IT experts across every industry, from entertainment and education to hospitality, healthcare and government.

Estimates show Australia will need nearly 200,000 new IT workers over the next three years, with a major focus on IT project managers, software and application programmers and cyber security experts.

Not only are job prospects bright—IT experts also have the potential to earn significant salaries. According to Payscale, IT professionals can earn up to $144,000 per year, depending on their role. Some examples of average salary* by role include:

  • Project manager - $100,073 per year
  • Service delivery manager - $100,017 per year
  • IT consultant - $89,836 per year
  • Software engineer - $83,544 per year
  • IT business analyst - $72,743 per year
  • IT support technician - $55,024 per year
  • Service desk analyst - $53,397 per year


*This salary information was correct as of May 2022. Check Payscale for the latest salary statistics. 

Discover information technology degrees online

Undergraduate UNE-INF-DIP

Diploma in Information Technology

Undergraduate JCU-BIT-DEG

Bachelor of Information Technology

Postgraduate GRF-MIT-MAS

Master of Information Technology

Discover online information technology subjects

Undergraduate UNE-COSC240

Operating Systems

Undergraduate USA-INFT1024

Information Technology Fundamentals

What you'll learn in an information technology course

There are a few different paths you can go down when choosing your IT course.

Enrol in a generalist course and learn the fundamentals of information technology, from networking and programming to systems analysis and design. Or take your existing skills even further by specialising in an area like cyber security, data science, games design or software development.

Whether you go with a short course, single subject, undergraduate or postgraduate degree, expect to build up your strengths in project management, problem solving and decision making. Become the IT professional that employers need—and enjoy a dynamic career in an industry that could take you anywhere.

IT course FAQs

What is an information technology course?

When you study an information technology course online through Open Universities Australia, you can follow the path that best suits your goals.

If you already work in the field, you can take a short course and upskill in a specific area like cyber security, programming languages or user design.

To get qualified in IT for the first time, you can enrol in an undergraduate qualification, like a Bachelor of Information Technology, where you will explore all facets of IT. Or to study IT at a more advanced level, you can explore postgraduate study, like a Master of Information Technology.

How long is an IT course?

It depends on what—and how—you choose to study.

A short IT course can last anywhere from two hours to 13 weeks.

If you enrol in a full qualification online through Open Universities Australia, you can control how long it takes to complete your studies. You have the flexibility to choose how many subjects you take at once, and scale them up and down as it suits you.

While some universities will require you to complete your course in a set time period, other universities have no limit at all.

To find out more about this, reach out to us directly and our friendly student advisors can help you out.

How do I know if I’m eligible to apply for a course?

Before starting an enrolment, it’s important to read the entry requirements for your chosen course to ensure that you’re eligible to apply. If you don’t quite meet the requirements, we may be able to help you find a pathway into your course through open-entry subjects, which anyone can study.

Chat with us to find out more.

How do I enrol?

Here at Open Universities Australia, we make enrolling online as straightforward as possible. To get started, find the course for you by browsing the options on this page. You can also compare different qualifications using our handy comparison tool, or request help from one of our student advisors.

When you’ve made your choice, click ‘Apply now’ on the relevant course page and follow the prompts to begin your enrolment. We’ll ask you to supply some supporting documentation, including proof of your identity, your tax file number, and a unique student identifier (USI) during this process.

Your university will get in touch with you via email to confirm whether or not your application has been successful.

Please note that enquiries and applications for some courses are handled directly by the university. If this is the case, it will be indicated on the course listing page.  

For more information about enrolment, read our online self-service enrolling instructions. If you get stuck at any time, reach out to us and we’ll talk you through it.

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