Master of Information and Communications Technology (Research) (8112)

  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 8112
  • AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 092789G

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

The Master of Information and Communications Technology (Research) program exposes students to advanced topics and research in ICT. This program is comprised of a coursework component that is followed by a yearlong full-time-equivalent  supervised research training subject. Students will graduate from this program with research skills appropriate to the ICT discipline, by engaging in research projects within the university or in collaboration with an external organisation, and have an option to pursue a pathway to Higher Degree Research studies.

Study Mode

Two and a half years full-time.

Location

Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus Full time Internal

Accreditation

The Master of Information and Communications Technology (Research) is accredited at Professional Level by the Australian Computer Society

Admission 2018 - 2022

To be eligible for admission, you must have successfully completed

  • A Bachelor degree, Bachelor Honours degree or a Masters degree in any discipline.

To be eligible for up to 40 credit points of advanced standing, you must have successfully completed

  • An undergraduate degree in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Computing or Information Systems; or
  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline and a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

Advanced standing from foundation units are subject to approval by the relevant Director of Academic Programs (DAP).

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience MUST support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Admission 2023

To be eligible for admission, you must have successfully completed

  • A Bachelor degree, Bachelor Honours degree or a Master degree in any discipline;
  • Achievement of a threshold Admission Average Mark (AAM) equal to or above the minimum of 65;
  • Applicants who do not meet the AAM equal to or above the minimum of 65 will be considered in exceptional circumstances, and applicants whose most recent qualification is 5+ years old shall provide additional evidence of relevant work experience or professional training, or evidence of seniority and standing in an area of endeavour and provide written support from the potential supervisor. Examples of evidence may include; work as a research assistant or laboratory technician, the writing of policy, consultancy involving the writing of reports, production of creative output, and publication of peer reviewed journal articles. Applications will be reviewed and approved by the relevant Director and the Dean of the School of Computer, Data and Mathematical Sciences.

To be eligible for up to 40 credit points of advanced standing, you must have successfully completed

  • An undergraduate degree in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), Computing or Information Systems; or
  • An undergraduate degree in any discipline and a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

Advanced standing from foundation units are subject to approval by the relevant Director of Academic Programs (DAP).

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience MUST support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application

Statement of Service

How to apply

Please use the link below for details on the application process.

Application Process - Master of Information and Communications Technology (Research)

If you commenced in 2023 or later please refer to the Sequence 2023 tab for details.

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 200 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.  

Full-time start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
INFS 7007 Systems Analysis and Database Management Systems 10
COMP 7015 Programming Proficiency 10
INFO 7003 Advanced Topics in User System Interaction 10
ENGR 7017 Professional Practice and Communication 10
 Credit Points40
2H session
HUMN 4001 Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
COMP 7013 Network Technologies 10
INFO 7005 IT Project Management 10
Select one Alternate subject from List 1, List 2 or List 3 10
 Credit Points30
Year 2
1H session
HUMN 4002 Researcher Development 2: Proposing and Justifying Research 10
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
COMP 7003 Big Data 10
INFS 7003 Advanced Topics in ICT 10
Select one Alternate subject from List 1, List 2 or List 3 10
Research Quarter 3 & 4 sessions  
Please note INFO 9002 is a year-long subject studied in Research Quarters, 20cp per Quarter 40
Higher Degree Research Thesis - Information Technology  
 Credit Points70
Year 3
Research Quarter 1 & 2 sessions  
Please note INFO 9002 is a year-long subject studied in Research Quarters, 20cp per Quarter 40
Higher Degree Research Thesis - Information Technology  
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points200

 Full-time mid-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
INFS 7007 Systems Analysis and Database Management Systems 10
COMP 7015 Programming Proficiency 10
ENGR 7017 Professional Practice and Communication 10
COMP 7013 Network Technologies 10
 Credit Points40
1H session
HUMN 4001 Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research 10
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
INFO 7003 Advanced Topics in User System Interaction 10
INFS 7003 Advanced Topics in ICT 10
Select one Alternate subject from List 1, List 2 or List 3 10
 Credit Points30
Year 2
2H session
HUMN 4002 Researcher Development 2: Proposing and Justifying Research 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
INFO 7005 IT Project Management 10
COMP 7003 Big Data 10
Select one Alternate subject from List 1, List 2 or List 3 10
Research Quarter 1 & 2 sessions  
Please note INFO 9002 is a year-long subject studied in Research Quarters, 20cp per Quarter 40
Higher Degree Research Thesis - Information Technology  
 Credit Points70
Year 3
Research Quarter 3 & 4 sessions  
Please note INFO 9002 is a year-long subject studied in Research Quarters, 20cp per Quarter 40
Higher Degree Research Thesis - Information Technology  
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points200

List 1 - Foundation Subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
INFO 7003Advanced Topics in User System Interaction10
INFS 7004Content Management Systems and Web Analytics10
INFO 7005IT Project Management10
COMP 7013Network Technologies10
COMP 7015Programming Proficiency10
INFS 7007Systems Analysis and Database Management Systems10
INFS 7008Systems and Network Security10
INFS 7009Web Technologies10

List 2 - Specialised Subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
COMP 7018Advanced Cloud Computing10
PUBH 7001Advanced Health Classifications and Coding10
INFS 7001Advanced Healthcare Data Environments10
INFS 7002Advanced Healthcare Software and Systems10
INFO 7001Advanced Machine Learning10
MECH 7004Advanced Mobile Robotics10
MECH 7005Advanced Robotics10
INFO 7002Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence10
INFS 7003Advanced Topics in ICT10
COMP 7002Advanced Topics in Networking10
COMP 7019Applied Machine Learning10
COMP 7020Artificial Intelligence Ethics and Organisations10
COMP 7003Big Data10
COMP 7004Cloud Computing10
INFO 7018Cloud Systems Development10
COMP 7006Data Science10
COMP 7008Internet of Things10
COMP 7021Knowledge Representation and Reasoning10
COMP 7009Mobile Computing10
COMP 7011Multimedia Communication Systems10
COMP 7022Natural Language Understanding10
COMP 7012Network Management10
MATH 7011Predictive Analytics10
MATH 7017Probabilistic Graphical Models10
MATH 7012Programming for Data Science10
MATH 7014Social Media Intelligence10
INFS 7006Software Testing and Automation10
MATH 7016The Nature of Data10
COMP 7016Visualisation10
INFO 7013Web Engineering10
COMP 7017Wireless Networking10

Replaced Subjects

The specialised subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2020 or earlier.

MATH 7007 Genomic Data Science

INFO 7008 Software Architectures

List 3 - Multidisciplinary Subjects

Subject Title Credit Points
BUSM 7018Contemporary People Management10
ECON 7001Economics10
ACCT 7015Financial Reports for Decision Making10
BUSM 7040Governance, Ethics and Social Entrepreneurship10
BEHV 7036Research Internship and Engagement10
BUSM 7086Strategic Business Management10
BUSM 7094The Contemporary Business Environment10
BUSM 7099Understanding Contemporary Organisations10
HUMN 4003Writing Beyond the Academy: Knowledge Translation and Public Audience Communication10

Replaced Subjects

The core subjects listed below count towards completion of this program for students who passed these subjects in 2019 or earlier.

HUMN 4009 Research Design 1: Theories of Enquiry
HUMN 4010 Research Design 2: Practices of Research

This sequence applies to students who commenced in 2023 or later. If you commenced prior to 2023 please refer to the Sequence 2018 - 2022 tab for details.

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 200 credit points as per the recommended sequence below.  

Start-year intake

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
INFS 7007 Systems Analysis and Database Management Systems 10
COMP 7015 Programming Proficiency 10
ENGR 7017 Professional Practice and Communication 10
COMP 7013 Network Technologies 10
 Credit Points40
2H session
HUMN 4001 Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
INFO 6001 IT Project Management 10
INFO 7015 Applied Cybersecurity 10
Select one Alternate Subject 10
 Credit Points30
Year 2
1H session
HUMN 4002 Researcher Development 2: Proposing and Justifying Research 10
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
COMP 7003 Big Data 10
INFS 7003 Advanced Topics in ICT 10
INFO 7003 Advanced Topics in User System Interaction 10
 Credit Points30
2H session
INFO 9002 Higher Degree Research Thesis - Information Technology 40
Please note INFO 9002 is a year-long subject  
 Credit Points40
Year 3
1H session
INFO 9002 Higher Degree Research Thesis - Information Technology 40
Please note INFO 9002 is a year-long subject  
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points200

Mid-year intake 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Spring sessionCredit Points
INFS 7007 Systems Analysis and Database Management Systems 10
COMP 7015 Programming Proficiency 10
ENGR 7017 Professional Practice and Communication 10
COMP 7013 Network Technologies 10
 Credit Points40
1H session
HUMN 4001 Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research 10
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
INFO 7003 Advanced Topics in User System Interaction 10
INFS 7003 Advanced Topics in ICT 10
Select one Alternate Subject 10
 Credit Points30
Year 2
2H session
HUMN 4002 Researcher Development 2: Proposing and Justifying Research 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
INFO 7005 IT Project Management 10
COMP 7003 Big Data 10
INFO 7015 Applied Cybersecurity 10
 Credit Points30
1H session
INFO 9002 Higher Degree Research Thesis - Information Technology 40
Please note INFO 9002 is a year-long subject  
 Credit Points40
Year 3
2H session
INFO 9002 Higher Degree Research Thesis - Information Technology 40
Please note INFO 9002 is a year-long subject  
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points200

Alternate Subjects 

Subject Title Credit Points
COMP 7018Advanced Cloud Computing10
PUBH 7001Advanced Health Classifications and Coding10
INFS 7001Advanced Healthcare Data Environments10
INFS 7002Advanced Healthcare Software and Systems10
INFO 7001Advanced Machine Learning10
INFO 7002Advanced Topics in Artificial Intelligence10
INFO 7014Advanced Topics in Cybersecurity10
COMP 7002Advanced Topics in Networking10
COMP 7019Applied Machine Learning10
COMP 7020Artificial Intelligence Ethics and Organisations10
INFO 7018Cloud Systems Development10
INFS 7004Content Management Systems and Web Analytics10
COMP 7006Data Science10
COMP 7007Information Security Management10
COMP 7008Internet of Things10
COMP 7021Knowledge Representation and Reasoning10
COMP 7009Mobile Computing10
COMP 7011Multimedia Communication Systems10
COMP 7022Natural Language Understanding10
COMP 7012Network Management10
COMP 7023Predictive Analytics10
COMP 7024Programming for Data Science10
MATH 7017Probabilistic Graphical Models10
NATS 7057Research Preparation in Post Graduate Studies10
COMP 7025Social Media Intelligence10
INFS 7006Software Testing and Automation10
INFS 7008Systems and Network Security10
MATH 7016The Nature of Data10
COMP 7016Visualisation10
INFO 7013Web Engineering10
INFS 7009Web Technologies10
COMP 7017Wireless Networking10
INFO 7016Postgraduate Project A10
INFO 7017Postgraduate Project B10
HUMN 4003Writing Beyond the Academy: Knowledge Translation and Public Audience Communication10
HUMN 4001Researcher Development 1: Reading ,Writing, and the Business of Research10