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Study a graduate program in information technology

What will I study in a graduate information technology program?

Think you have an aptitude for computing and computers? Want to development your software skills and management experience? A graduate information technology program will give you all you need to get a high level IT job at a major company – especially if you have no previous IT experience.
Modern graduate information technology programs are about more than just learning new programming languages and developing software. You should also expect to learn modern management techniques and how to implement professional in IT.
You will develop an advanced level understanding of computing, software development, software implementation and programming language on a technical level on most graduate information technology programs.

Length of program

The length of a graduate information technology program depends on where you study and how far you want to go into academia. Postgraduate courses generally last the following duration in these countries: 

  • UK – 1-2 years
  • US – 1-2 years
  • China – 1-3 years
  • Canada – 1-2 years

Entry requirements

In order to get onto a graduate information technology program it is not necessary to have a background in computing or IT, as most courses are intended for students converting from other disciplines.

If you are studying in a country where the first language is different from your own, you may be required to take a language test to prove your skills.

Career development

A postgraduate course in information technology will allow you to enter almost any industry. Computing and information technology is at the heart of every business and crucial to delivering everyday services like banking, transport and communications.

Graduates from information technology courses typically go on to work in IT departments across all sectors, or into further research and software design. Many graduate information technology programs offer a route into professional qualifications which will improve your salary prospects.

Some of the jobs included in this field are:

  • Computer programmer
  • IT manager
  • Network engineer
  • Systems developer

Fees and funding

The cost of graduate information technology programs varies widely from country to country and university to university. Remember that fees depend on whether you are a home, EU or international student. As a guide, expect to pay the following in these countries per year:

  • UK - £4,500 - £17,000
  • USA - $5,000 - $30,000
  • Germany  €2,000 - €5,000
  • Canada - $4,000-8,000
  • China – RMB 21,000-24,000

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