Monash University

Research - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirments; 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 area of study.

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Managing facultyFaculty of Information Technology
Offered byCaulfield School of Information Technology
Clayton School of Information Technology
Campus(es)Caulfield, Clayton


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


This program provides doctoral (PhD) candidates with the opportunity to focus on developing knowledge and expertise in their chosen subject, as well as developing professional skills that will support candidate's career ambitions.

Each candidate's research will be supported by the development of a range of skills that will help them to become more efficient researchers, ultimately improving the quality of the research and developing generic/transferable skills of value to prospective employers.

Program requirements

Coursework component

All candidates must complete one core unit:

  • FIT6021 Advanced research methods 1

Students then choose to complete elective coursework units and/or a pre-determined number of hours of skills training. The training hours required will reduce in relation to the number of coursework electives completed.


Candidates complete none, one or two of:

  • FIT6022 Advanced research methods 2
  • other approved level six unit

Skills training component

Candidates must, in consultation with and under the direct supervision of a member/s of the academic staff, satisfactorily complete training modules:

  • to the value of 144 hours for Doctor of Philosophy candidates if no elective coursework units are undertaken.

If elective coursework units are undertaken, training hours will reduce by 24 hours for each coursework unit completed.

For all training options, 16 hours must be completed prior to confirmation.

It is a requirement of higher degree by research training in the Faculty of Information Technology that a portfolio/research log be kept by candidates that reflects on each attendance at research training. This log is to be submitted as part of confirmation panels. Attendance will be monitored to ensure hours are accurately recorded.

Skills training units

All PhD candidates undertaking a training option enrol in the following training units at the beginning of their candidature:

Candidates may enrol in additional non-compulsory training units to complete the requisite hours of their program at an appropriate milestone during candidature. Additional options include:

A grade of satisfied/not yet satisfied will be recorded for each training unit at the end of the candidature.

For detailed information about the options available in the information technology HDR program visit

Relevant courses

0190 Doctor of Philosophy*

* By research.