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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Information Technology

Managing facultyInformation Technology
Abbreviated titlePhDComp
CRICOS code041045C
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland, Sunway)
Off-campus (Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Monash Research Graduate School in the Research Services Division of Monash University, Clayton campus or visit

Course coordinator

Associate Professor Graham Farr (Clayton); Dr Shonali Krishnaswamy and Dr Maria Indrawan (Caulfield); Dr Joarder Kamruzzaman (Gippsland); Dr Michael Morgan (Berwick); Dr Saadat Alhashmi (Sunway)


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


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.

IT research at Monash has a multi-disciplinary, multi-campus and multi-national approach, and the six research centres of the faculty provide the focus for our internationally recognised research strengths in intelligent systems, distributed systems and software engineering, organisational and social informatics, business intelligence and multimedia computing.

Areas for research cover the whole IT spectrum from engineering to social science. The leading researchers' specific strengths are in:

  • computing science
  • software engineering
  • information systems
  • information and knowledge management.

School and course coordinators can provide advice and information about research topics and supervision.

For further information about the research centres in the faculty, refer to the 'Research Centres - Faculty of Information Technology' section of this Handbook at

Research component

100 per cent


This course consists of a program of supervised research and submission of a thesis.


The PhD is a 100 per cent research program. The candidate is required to undertake a program of supervised research within a school of the faculty resulting in the completion of a major thesis, the length of which would not normally exceed 100,000 words that would make a major contribution to the discipline by way of new knowledge.

In fulfilling the requirements for supervised study and research at the University, the candidate is required to be present at their campus on a regular basis and to be involved in the intellectual life of the University and the relevant school.


Doctor of Philosophy