• Provides a premium pathway into QUT's Master of Information Technology.
  • Suitable for international students who have not met the minimum English language requirements to enter the Masters degree.
  • Advance your knowledge and skills in your chosen IT discipline and develop your English language capability and academic literacy.
  • Successful graduates will receive 1 semester of credit for prior learning (advanced standing) towards the Master of Information Technology degree.

Why choose this course?

The Graduate Certificate in Communication for Information Technology will help you to meet the English language requirements of the Master of Information Technology (IN20) program. This program will help you to improve your English language capability and academic literacy skills while studying advanced IT topics. On completion of the Graduate Certificate in Communication with the required results, you are guaranteed a place in the second semester of the chosen Master of Information Technology program.

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What to expect

This course is intended primarily as a pathway for international students who want to study Master of Information Technology (IN20) program but have not met the English language requirements for direct entry. Graduate Certificate in Communication for Information Technology is designed to help students acquire postgraduate level knowledge and skill in a specialist information technology discipline, while developing competency in English language and academic literacy.

You will be studying two Communication units at the QUT College to enhance your academic English language skills, and two IT major units at the faculty from one of the following majors:

  • Business Analysis
  • Business Process Management
  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security and Networks
  • Data Science
  • Enterprise Systems
  • Executive IT
  • Software Development.

. This Graduate Certificate in Communication will provide students with the ability to formulate best practice IT strategies and solutions.

  • Study on campus as a QUT student with access to all services and facilities across the University.
  • On completion with the required results, receive a guaranteed place in Master of Information Technology with 1 semester of advanced standing.
  • Develop academic English language skills and progress without the need to take another IELTS test (or equivalent).

Real-world learning

During your studies, you will experience a range of learning approaches, including:

  • Units which aim to develop academic literacies, specifically English language proficiency
  • Peer-to-peer and team-based learning, including workshops
  • Demonstration-style lectures: problem solving with guidance
  • Practical computer-based activities focusing on designing and building IT artefacts and critically reflecting on the underlying process
  • Authentic assessment activities like case studies, projects, and problem-solving tasks that are directly relevant to real-world IT research and practice.

Careers and outcomes

Course articulation

Progression to your related Master degree

To progress into QUT's Master of Information Technology you will need to successfully complete your Graduate Certificate in Communication with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 on a 7-point scale.

Advanced Standing

After successful completion of Graduate Certificate in Communication for Information Technology, you are eligible for 48 credit points (one semester) of advanced standing towards:

Refer to the 'Requirements' tab for more information.

Details and units

The course structure consists of 48 credit points of units. There are two common core communications units (24 credit points) and two information technology unit options (24 credit points) from the following information technology areas:

  • computer science/software development
  • cyber security and networks
  • business analysis
  • business process management
  • data science
  • enterprise systems
  • executive IT

NOTE: You should select the recommended IT units for your chosen major on commencement of IN17. Please contact the Course Coordinator for assistance with any IT unit selection.


Course code
  • Gardens Point
  • Kelvin Grove
6 months full-time
February and July

Minimum academic requirements

A completed recognised bachelor degree in information technology with a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 4.0 (on QUT's 7 point scale).

Pathway to the Master of Information Technology

Students with bachelor degrees in disciplines other than information technology may consider the  University Certificate in Tertiary Prepartion for Postgraduate Studies (QC06) or   English for Academic Purposes pathways.

Pathway to Master of Data Analytics

  • Graduate Certificate in Communication for  Information Technology (IN17) (one semester) leading to Master of Data Analytics (IN27) (three semesters)

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
71 10 14 18 14
IELTS Academic
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
6 5 5.5 5.5 5
Cambridge English Score
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement. You must provide your Candidate ID and Candidate Secret Number, these are printed on your Cambridge English Confirmation of Entry.
169 154 162 162 154
Pearson PTE (Academic)
Test must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement date.
50 38 46 46 38
Occupational English Test (Nursing Profession)
Test must be taken within 2 years of commencement at QUT.
* A grade of B in each component for tests undertaken prior to September 2018.
-- 350* 350* 350* 350*

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre


Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2022 fees

2022 fees

2022: $16,300 per course (48 credit points)

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