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C02029v5 Doctor of Philosophy

Award(s): Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
CRICOS code: 009469A
Course EFTSL: 4
Location: City campus

Career options
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Other information


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 course enables students to advance themselves in their career in computing and information technology. It offers flexibility in the choice of topic of research so it may be closely aligned with students' professional careers.

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.

Applicants' previous qualifications must have a major computing component. Before submitting a formal application for admission, applicants should seek the approval of a potential supervisor for their proposed research work.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

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.

UTS: Information Technology has a strong preference for research work that proceeds at a full-time pace. However, this preference should not be seen as a deterrent to those students who wish to remain in employment. Students who are working full time are encouraged to select a topic for their research which is closely aligned with their professional work.

Course structure

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.

Candidates are required to submit a thesis for examination under the supervision of their supervisor(s).

Course completion requirements

Select one of the following: 
      32986 PhD Thesis: Information Systems 
      33874 PhD Thesis: Software Engineering 
      32903 PhD Thesis: Analytics 
32144 Technology Research Preparation 
32931 Technology Research Methods 

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS: Graduate Research School

telephone +61 2 9514 1336

FEIT Research and Development Office
telephone +61 2 9514 2686