Macquarie University boasts a cutting-edge Master of Information Technology in Internet of Things
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Macquarie University boasts a cutting-edge Master of Information Technology in Internet of Things

There’s a growing demand for experts who can help businesses adopt to the Internet of Things (IoT). A rapidly emerging area of IT, it was listed in the World Economic Forum’s Future of Jobs Report 2020 as being amongst the most in-demand employment areas by 2025.

Macquarie University has a programme that prepares you to land leading positions in this “job of tomorrow.” The Master of Information Technology in Internet of Things (IoT) hones in on physical objects that feature an IP address for internet connectivity, from smart plugs, smart lights and security systems to health monitors, pet feeders and even toothbrushes.

Located in Sydney, next to the Macquarie Park Innovation District, Macquarie University is ranked 101-125 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 by Subject: Computer Science, 151-200 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023: Computer Science and Information Systems and 101-150 in the Shanghai Ranking 2023 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects – Computer Science and Engineering.

The IoT programme lives up to these prestigious rankings. “The Master of IT in IoT programme at Macquarie University goes beyond traditional classroom learning by emphasising practical, hands-on skills that extend beyond specific vendor products,” says Michael Sheng, Distinguished Professor and Head of the School of Computing. Sheng, who is ranked by Microsoft Academic as one of the Most Impactful Authors in Services Computing (ranked top five of all time) and in the Web of Things (ranked top 20 of all time) in 2021, says “Students gain valuable experience with a variety of IoT hardware and software devices, tools, and kits, preparing them for the diverse challenges of the IT industry.”

IoT has become key to supply chain optimisation, smart manufacturing, healthcare, agriculture, smart cities, retail, and environmental monitoring. It links everyday devices and systems, which makes it useful for numerous industries. Possible job titles for graduates include, but are not limited to, IoT Developers, Metaverse Engineers, Data Analysts, Security Specialists, and Solution Architects. To become these future experts, students learn from a curriculum crafted in consultation with experts from diverse industry sectors. “This approach aims to keep the contents relevant and aligned with industry expectations,” says Sheng. “Furthermore, industry experts are regularly invited into the classroom to share insights and perspectives on IoT that extend far beyond the confines of academic boundaries.”

Macquarie’s IoT programme includes six core units: Cloud Edge Computing and Sensor Networks, Embedded RTOS (Real-Time Operating Systems), Embedded Hardware, AI and ML in IoT, IoT Networks and Security, and Industrial Applications of IoT. As IoT involves a convergence of various disciplines within computing, the curriculum takes an interdisciplinary approach to computer science, engineering, artificial intelligence and machine learning. This is a forward-looking move. “The inclusion of units on cloud edge computing, AI, and security indicates a forward-looking perspective, acknowledging the evolving nature of IoT technologies and their applications in different domains,” says Dr. Rajan Shankaran, Course Director.

Macquarie University’s Master of IT in IoT aims to meet the growing demand for IoT professionals. Source: Shutterstock

A report from Statista, a global data and business intelligence platform, states that the IoT market is poised to demonstrate yearly growth, projecting a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 11.90% from 2023 to 2028. Forecasted to achieve a volume of US$27.13 billion by 2028, the IoT industry is set to create many opportunities for IT professionals and international students, especially those with a specialised degree. In Australia, there are public and private roles open, with preference for those with IoT degrees accredited by the  Australian Computer Society (ACS), like the Master of IT in IoT. ACS accreditation signifies that students receive a high-quality education that aligns with industry expectations, enhancing the credibility of a student’s academic qualifications and their employability in the eyes of employers not just in Australia but globally too.

To effectively meet the growing demand for IoT professionals, the Master of IT in IoT employs a strategic and multifaceted approach. Central to this is an emphasis on practical experience. Real-world projects, from case studies to internships, let students simulate scenarios and learn in a supportive environment. “The inclusion of an internship in the capstone project unit allows students to apply their theoretical knowledge in a professional setting,” Shankaran says. “Working on real-world projects during an internship provides hands-on experience in tackling practical challenges and implementing solutions within an industry context.”

The Master of IT in IoT exposes students to practical, real-world projects. Source: Macquarie University

There are also Case Studies, Practical Hardware Implementation, Software Development, Lab Sessions and In-House Projects. Some examples of projects that students can undertake during the degree include using IoT to automate various home devices (lights, thermostats, door locks), develop a weather station to collect data on temperature, humidity, and atmospheric pressure, and create a wearable device with sensors to monitor health parameters such as heart rate, temperature, and activity level. “Practical exposure to real-world projects helps students apply their theoretical knowledge, gain practical skills, and build a relevant portfolio for prospective employers,” summarises Sheng.

It’s one of the most effective ways to develop soft skills too. Communication, teamwork, and problem-solving are crucial for professional success — something the IoT programme helps hone by facilitating networking opportunities through events, seminars, and workshops with industry professionals. “Students have the chance to interact with potential employers, learn about industry trends, and establish connections that can lead to job opportunities,” says Sheng.

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