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Monash University

Master of Information Technology (Research)

Course code: 1895 ~ Course abbreviation: MIT(Res) ~ 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time ~ Managing faculty: Information Technology

Study mode and course location

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

Course description

This course requires completion of a major thesis that shows independence of thought and demonstrates the ability of the candidate to carry out research in the selected field.

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, computer-assisted software engineering, programming paradigms and languages, object-oriented systems, formal specification, software metrics, decision support systems, human-machine interfaces, distributed systems, information storage and retrieval, robotics, digital communications, microelectronic circuit design and digital systems design, 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, social implications of multimedia.

It is possible for a candidate to transfer to PhD candidature if the school and faculty determine that the candidate has demonstrated an ability to undertake research and that the research topic will remain essentially unchanged, although its scope will be substantially broadened.

Course structure

Each candidate is required to undertake supervised research within a school of the faculty resulting in the completion of a major thesis. Students are also required to take a research skills unit if they have not already completed an equivalent unit. Passing this unit is a conditional requirement.

The MIT (Research) thesis is graded (H1, H2A, H2B, H3, Fail).

Students have a maximum of two years (full-time basis) to complete this course.

Attendance requirements

Candidates are required to meet the following faculty attendance requirements:

(a) candidates should meet with their supervisor at least once per month, and attend specific seminars.

(b) full-time candidates are required to attend the university five days per week unless other arrangements have been made with their supervisor. Full-time candidates are also expected to spend the equivalent of five days per week working on the project.

(c) part-time candidates are required to attend the university, on average, one day per week and be able to spend the equivalent of two days per week working on the project,

(d) off-campus candidates are required to attend the university for two weeks per year

(e) where work is to be done away from the university, the head of school should certify that suitable facilities, supervision and time are available to the candidate.

Candidates may also be permitted in certain circumstances to pursue a part of their research at other institutions and locations outside of the university.

Contact details

Discipline coordinators

Dr Damminda Alahakoon (Clayton), Dr Linda Dawson and Dr Chris Ling (Caulfield), Dr Joarder Kamruzzaman (Gippsland), Dr Michael Morgan (Berwick)