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Monash University

Doctor of Philosophy

Course code: 0190 ~ Course abbreviation: PhDComp ~ 4 years full-time, 8 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Information Technology

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Berwick; Caulfield; Clayton; Gippsland; Sunway)

Course description

The IT faculty offers a PhD program by research in each of the academic units of the faculty, across five of the university's campuses. The degree is awarded for a thesis which, in the opinion of the examiners, makes a significant contribution to knowledge or understanding of any field of study with which the university is directly concerned. The award of the degree is generally accepted as showing that the candidate is capable of carrying out independent research.

Areas for research include graphics and image processing, artificial intelligence, inductive inference, parallel and persistent computer architectures, systems analysis and design methodologies, knowledge-based systems, knowledge management, information systems management, inter-organisational systems, data modelling, electronic commerce, computer-assisted software engineering, programming paradigms and languages, object-oriented systems, formal specification, software metrics, decision support systems, executive information systems, network computing, computer and network security, human-machine interfaces, distributed systems, information storage and retrieval, robotics, digital communications, microelectronic circuit design, digital systems design, and librarianship, archives and records, network security, multimedia authoring, mobile and distributed computing systems, image processing and computer vision, multimedia computing and communication, electronic data interchange and internet commerce, multimedia standards and protocols, multimedia interfaces, GUI design and programming, multimedia applications in teaching and learning, multimedia narrative, animation, game design and development, creating content in digital environments, societal implications of multimedia.

The course is designed to be taken over a period of three years with a maximum of four years full-time study. Part-time studies are available on conditions approved by the Research Graduate School Committee.

In appropriate circumstances, enrolment for a masters degree by research may be converted to enrolment for a PhD.

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at Monash signifies that the holder has completed a course of postgraduate training in research under proper academic supervision, and has submitted a thesis that the examiners have declared to be a significant contribution to knowledge, and that demonstrates the candidate's capacity to carry out independent research.

For further information about the PhD program and attendance requirements, contact the Monash Research Graduate School in the Research Services Division of Monash University, Clayton campus or visit

For further information about the research interests of each school within the faculty, refer to the section titled `Schools and research programs' in this section of the handbook. School and course coordinators can provide advice and information about research topics and supervision.

Course structure

The PhD is a 100 per cent research program. A research candidate is required to undertake a program of supervised research within a school of the faculty resulting in the completion of a major thesis.

Contact details

School coordinators

Dr Damminda Alahakoon, Dr Bernd Meyer (Clayton), Dr Chris Ling and Dr Linda Dawson (Caulfield), Dr Joarder Kamruzzaman (Gippsland), Dr Michael Morgan (Berwick) and Dr Saadat Alhashmi (Sunway)