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C02018v5 Doctor of Philosophy

Award(s): Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
CRICOS code: 036570B
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus

Notes

Research degrees are offered on a sponsored, scholarship, faculty part-sponsored or full-fee-paying basis. Contact UTS: Engineering or the UTS: Graduate Research School for further details.


Overview
Career options
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Transfer between UTS courses
Other information

Overview

The PhD is a University-wide degree which involves an intense period of supervised study and research, culminating in the submission of a thesis. The degree is awarded to candidates who, through original investigation, make a distinct and significant contribution to knowledge in their field of specialisation.

The faculty's policy is one of close interaction with industry and the profession, and of seeking to contribute directly to the advancement of Australian engineering practice. Applied research programs and studies involving a direct relationship with industry are strongly encouraged. The majority of research conducted by faculty staff is supported by industry sources.

Career options

Career options include positions in universities and other institutions undertaking research or other academic work including teaching. Opportunities involving research and development also exist with national and international firms.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised master's by research or bachelor's degree with first or second class honours (division 1), or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.0 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 500-549 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 60-78 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 50-57; or CAE: 169-175.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Course duration and attendance

The maximum course duration is four years of full-time or eight years of part-time study. Students can complete the course in less than the maximum time.

The work may be carried out either on University premises or at a site external to the University, or some combination of both. Candidates may commence their studies from January or July in any given year.

Course structure

Candidates are required to complete a thesis, under the supervision of appropriate members of academic staff. A formal course of study or other work may also be prescribed.

There are three specific stages to the doctoral program to frame and support the progress of the candidate and their study.

The doctoral program includes the formalisation and/or introduction of a number of introductory and advanced modules, including subjects covering research preparation and research methods, to support the research and professional development of the student.

Research student progress is supported and reviewed through a doctoral study plan (DSP). Students design their own DSP in consultation with their supervisor(s). In the first stage, the DSP is based on the student's academic and professional background and his or her goals. The second and third stages are based on the progress of his or her study. Candidates are assessed prior to advancing to the next stage of their candidature and submit, in consultation with their supervisor(s), a review of progress at the end of each session.

Course completion requirements

49986 PhD Thesis: Engineering 
32144 Technology Research Preparation 
32931 Technology Research Methods 

Transfer between UTS courses

Transfer from a research master's degree program may be offered on application.

Other information

Further information is available from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology Research and Development Office on:

telephone +61 2 9514 2686
email
feit.hdr@uts.edu.au
UTS: Engineering and Information Technology