Diploma of Information Technology

The Diploma of Information Technology is the first step towards completing your Monash IT degree. IT is central to every industry – creating more efficient ways to work, engaging ways to reach customers, and establishing powerful ways to communicate. By studying IT, you’ll have the skills you need to succeed in the changing world of technology.

Hear about the Diploma of Information Technology

How the program works

Our diplomas are in two parts: part 1 and part 2. In part 1, you’ll learn about the maths and science theory and practical skills you’ll need for University. In part 2, you’ll study the same subjects as first-year University students and develop your specialist knowledge of IT.


  • tests
  • quizzes
  • group projects
  • presentations
  • poster presentations
  • tutorial assessments
  • a final exam

Course information

Destination 2nd year IT at Monash University
AQF Level Level 5
Campus Clayton
Mode of Study On campus
Duration Part 1: 8 months
Part 2: 8 months
Intakes February, June and October
Study area Specialist: Information Technology
What you will study Part 1: complete 8 core units
Part 2: complete 5 core units and 3 electives
Contact hours 5–7 hours per unit, per week
Prerequisites Part 1: Mathematics and Chemistry or Physics
Part 2: Mathematics
What it costs

See our dates and fees page for details.

CRICOS Course Code 0100159

"I chose to study the Diploma of Information Technology at Monash College because the program allows me to study the same units from the University.”


Course structure and units

Trimester  1: 4 monthsTrimester  2: 4 months
MCD1160 Introductory Engineering Computing 
MCD1170 Introductory Chemistry 
MCD1180 Introductory Physics 
MCD1700 Introductory Mathematics
MCD1470 Engineering Practice 
MCD1190 Chemistry A 
MCD1200 Physics A 
MCD1750 Intermediate Mathematics

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Trimester  1: 4 monthsTrimester  2: 4 months
MCD1470 Engineering Practice*
MCD2130 Functions and their Applications OR MCD4490 Advanced Mathematics
MCD4700 Introduction to Computer Systems, Networks and Security
MCD4720 Fundamentals of C++

MCD4710 Introduction to Algorithms and Programming
MCD4140 Computing for Engineering OR MCD4730 Foundations of 3D

Plus two electives from:

MCD2040 Managing People and Organisations
MCD2080 Business Statistics^         
MCD4140 Computing for Engineering
MCD4290 Engineering Mobile Apps
MCD4390 Chemistry 1
MCD4160 Physics for Engineering
MCD4500 Mathematics for Engineering**
MCD4730 Foundations of 3D

*If you have already completed this unit in part 1, you will need to study an extra elective unit.

^MCD2080 Business Statisticsis a compulsory unit if you want to study the Bachelor of Information Technology majoring in Information Systems

**MCD4500 Mathematics for Engineering is compulsory if you want to study a Bachelor of Computer Science. You may also be required to complete MCD4490 Advanced Mathematics dependent on the level of mathematics you entered the Diploma of Information Technology.

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What careers can a Diploma of Information Technology lead you to?

Web developer
Digital producer
Web and multimedia producer
Digital project manager
Infrastructure business analyst 
IT project manager
Desktop systems specialist
Computer games designer
Software developer
Mobile app designer
Technical software consultant