Information on this page is for international students

Intakes: 
2019: February and July
Duration: 
4 years
Location: 
Fees: 
2019: A$15,600*
* fee per semester

We are currently accepting applications for this course

Overview

Aim for career as an academic, IT expert or computer scientist. Our integrated PhD teaches you best-practice research methods before you begin original and important study.

VU's integrated PhD in Information Technology & Computer Science

VU's integrated PhD in IT and Computer Science offers a pathway to a doctorate degree to graduates without a research background. In your first year, you’ll receive intensive training in data collection and analysis. On passing first-year components with a 70% average, you’ll begin an investigative thesis at the forefront of its field. You’ll complete your PhD in the standard four years.

Our PhD program gives you access to world-class research centres and expert supervisors. We have an interdisciplinary approach where we solve real-world problems using mathematics modelling and innovative IT applications.

Our strong partnerships in healthcare, business and government mean your research will contribute real benefits to society.

You’ll learn to present your findings through your thesis, and in conferences, public presentations and academic publications.

When you study with VU at PhD level, you’ll have access to our institutes and research centres.

Our Centre for Applied Informatics (CAI) is a leading research group in computing and IT applications. It engages computer scientists and partners from the public and private sectors to develop IT applications that benefit society.

Professor Yanchun Zhang and his team at the CAI have developed algorithms to predict patients' vital signs and provide early warning of complications during surgery.

VU’s Centre of Policy Studies (CoPS) undertakes economic-modelling research for government and businesses. CoPS's economic-modelling software, GEMPACK, is licensed to users in around 70 countries.

When you undertake a doctoral degree in information technology and computer science at VU, you’ll specialise in one of our areas of research focus. These are supported by expertise from the University, research partners, institutes and research centres.

We are committed to undertaking high-impact research that shapes healthier, smarter and more sustainable communities across six interdisciplinary areas of research focus.

Our world-class innovative applications in smart environments and active living rearch areas include:

  • cognitive knowledge modelling
  • machine inference
  • big data analytics
  • sensor networks
  • software engineering.

Our research is conducted in collaboration with industry and community partners, in Australia and overseas. Our research collaborations include:

  • CSIRO
  • University of Queensland
  • Swinburne University of Technology
  • RMIT University
  • Deakin University
  • La Trobe University
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • University of Chinese Academy of Science
  • Wuhan University
  • Central China Normal University
  • Zhejiang University (NIT)
  • Fudan University
  • National University of Defence Technology.

Our PhD is offered at various durations, allowing you to fit study in with your existing commitments. You may choose your own area of study within the discipline.

Choose a research area that matches your ambitions and interest:

  • complex dynamic systems modelling and analysis
  • artificial intelligence and knowledge modelling
  • data mining and big data analytics
  • cyber security
  • sensor networks
  • software defined networks
  • image processing
  • ehealth, decision support and active living
  • reliable control systems design, robustness analysis, signal processing
  • mathematical inequalities and their applications in numerical analysis
  • information theory and coding
  • population dynamics
  • special functions theory
  • probability and statistics.

Our Women in Science & Engineering program supports our current university students, and inspires women to choose engineering and science careers.

We run hands-on workshops in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines for secondary-school students – giving you the opportunity to encourage future IT experts.

We offer various research scholarships for our PhD students. Victoria University has several generous research scholarships for successful applicants. There are also externally funded scholarships from dozens of organisations, some of which open only to postgraduate students.

VU Research gives you opportunities to:

  • connect with other researchers
  • participate in research festivals and competitions
  • develop your research skills
  • get funding for your research
  • publish and promote your findings.

We offer support for graduate researchers including:

Find out more about graduate opportunities at VU.

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Be part of a welcoming and supportive IT community.

Take part in VU's research festivals and conferences.

Careers in IT and computer sciences

Depending on your area of research, your PhD could lead to one of the following careers:

  • academic researcher and lecturer
  • actuarial scientist or statistician
  • government adviser
  • data scientist and data analyst
  • cyber security consultant
  • ICT trainer
  • ICT manager
  • IT consultant
  • software developer/engineer.

These average industry salaries are taken from the government site, Job Outlook:

  • actuaries, mathematicians and statisticians, A$92,000 (JobOutlook)
  • ICT managers, A$116,200 (JobOutlook)
  • ICT trainers, A$85,200 (JobOutlook)
  • software and applications programmers, A$84,000 (JobOutlook)
  • university lecturers, over A$100,000 (JobOutlook).

Course structure

To attain the award of Doctor of Philosophy through undertaking the Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) students will be required to completed in total 384 credit points consisting of:

  • 72 credit points of Core studies in Year 1
  • 24 credit points of Elective studies in Year 1
  • 288 credit points of Thesis units as per standard PhD

YEAR 1

Core Studies

Thesis Units (36 credit points)

Or

Select 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) Elective Studies:

YEAR 2 - 4

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. expert understanding of a substantial body of theory and its practical application at the frontier of a field of work or learning, including substantial expert knowledge of ethical research principles and methods applicable to the field.  
  2. intellectual independence and cognitive skills to undertake a systematic investigation, reflect critically on theory and practice and evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, including identifying, evaluating and critically analysing the validity of research studies and their applicability to a research problem.  
  3. expert cognitive, technical and creative skills to: design, develop and implement a research project/s to systematically investigate a research problem; develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge; manage, analyse, evaluate and interpret data, synthesising key ideas and theorising within the context of key literature.  
  4. expert communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions; to disseminate and promote new insights; and to cogently present a complex investigation of originality, or original research, both for external examination and to specialist (eg researcher peers) and non-specialist (industry and/or community) audiences through informal interaction, scholarly publications, reports and formal presentations.  
  5. capacity to reflect on, develop and evaluate strategies for achieving their own learning and career goals.  
  6. intellectual independence, initiative and creativity in new situations and/or for further learning.  
  7. ethical practice and full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs.  
  8. autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility as an expert and independent scholar.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Entry requirements

Achieved an IELTS (Academic Module) result with an overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6) or equivalent and completed a qualification at AQF level 8 or above, typically in a cognate discipline (including a qualification without minor thesis), with Honours or its equivalent at a high standard.

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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