Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2012 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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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 titleMIT(Res)
CRICOS code042519K
Standard duration of study (years)1 year FT, 2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Berwick, Caulfield, Clayton, Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Associate Professor Graham Farr (Clayton); Professor David Arnott and Dr Henry Linger (Caulfield); Dr Joarder Kamruzzaman (Gippsland); Dr Michael Morgan (Berwick)


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • Students have a maximum of two years (full-time basis) to complete this course.


This course provides candidates with the opportunity to complete a major study project and submit a thesis which demonstrates independence of thought and the ability of the candidate to carry out research in the selected field.

Research areas

Areas of research include:

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

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.


The Master of Information Technology (Research) thesis is graded (H1, H2A, H2B, H3, Fail).


This course consists of a program of supervised research and submission of a thesis. The course can be taken as 100 per cent research (including one compulsory research methodology unit) or by a combination of research and additional coursework.


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 study and pass a research methodology unit if they have not already completed an equivalent unit in previous studies.

The overall result for the degree will be determined by combining the graded thesis and the results of any coursework units that have been approved.

Progression to further studies

It is possible for a candidate in course 1895 Master of Information Technology (Research) 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.


Master of Information Technology (Research)