University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Bachelor of Information Technology / Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice

University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00099F

This course offers a sound education in all aspects of computing and information technology for students who intend to make a career in the profession, as well as providing a pathway to honours, postgraduate study and a research career. The course adopts a practice-based approach to IT education. Its content is designed with a mix of theory and practice. As well as gaining strong technical skills in IT, students gain skills in problem solving, teamwork and communication. Employers look for graduates with industry experience and, in this course, students are exposed to real IT problems and apply classroom learning on the job through the Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice. UTS: Information Technology continues to support part-time study with some subjects offered in the evening as well as during the day.


Students are required to complete 192 credit points, comprising 48 credit points of core subjects, 48 credit points for one compulsory IT major, 48 credit points of electives and 48 credit points for the Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice. The 48 credit points of electives can be a combination of a second IT major, or two sub-majors, or one sub-major and four electives, or eight electives to broaden knowledge of information technology and other disciplines. The Diploma in Information Technology Professional Practice is a compulsory part of this course and incorporates a minimum nine months' internship and four supporting subjects at UTS. Full-time students normally undertake the diploma after completing Year 2 and after obtaining suitable full-time employment in the information technology industry. International students can work full-time for the duration of the diploma.


  • Business information systems management
  • Computing and data analytics
  • Enterprise systems development
  • Internetworking and applications

Standard entry requirements

  • Australian Year 12 qualification, AQF Diploma, or equivalent qualification at the required level. Non-current school leavers are advised to complete the employment question on the UAC application and provide supporting statements of employment as bonus points may be awarded on the basis of relevant work experience. The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.0 overall with a writing score of 6.0
  • Or TOEFL: paper based: 500-549 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 60-78 overall with a writing score of 21
  • Or AE5: Pass
  • Or PTE: 50-57
  • Or CAE: 169-175. Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place. Assumed knowledge Mathematics and any two units of English. Mathematics Extension 1 and English Advanced are recommended.


Graduates are eligible for professional-level membership of the Australian Computer Society.

Study pathways

Students who gain entry through the UTS INSEARCH pathway are eligible for 48 credit points of credit recognition. Students who have completed a relevant diploma at TAFE NSW may be eligible for at least 24 credit points of credit recognition. There are also articulations with this course with institutions in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore. Details are available from the Building 10 Student Centre. Students who have previously undertaken study at a university or other recognised tertiary education institutions may be eligible for some academic credit recognition (subject to the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology's approval). The prior study must have been completed before commencement of this course, but no earlier than 3 years before commencement. Students must be able to demonstrate that their knowledge is current.

Further information

Credit recognition is not normally granted in this course for study completed at a private college except where UTS has an external articulation agreement with the college. There are no exemptions granted for the networking subjects 31270, 31277 and 31283 without the successful completion of the challenge test for each of these subjects. A challenge test is granted at enrolment time to students who have completed the CCNA curriculum (or CCNP) at a university and/or TAFE diploma level where the awarding institution is a CISCO Networking Academy. These challenge tests are always held in the week before the commencement of session.

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