Doctor of Philosophy - 2019

Postgraduate - Course

Commencement year

This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Information Technology.

Other commencement years for this course: 2018, 2017, 2016 and more

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

Course code


Abbreviated title




Managing faculty

Information Technology

Contact details

Monash Graduate Education, Clayton campus or visit Graduate Student ServicesGraduate Student Services (

Admission and fees


Course type


Standard duration

4 years FT, 8 years PT

3-4 years equivalent full-time

Your PhD research project is to be conceived from the outset as clearly achievable within 3 years equivalent full time, with the expectation you will complete your degree within 3 to 4 years equivalent full time.

Mode and location

On-campus (Caulfield, Clayton, Malaysia)

Off-campus (Caulfield, Clayton)


Doctor of Philosophy


You will undertake your doctoral studies through the Monash doctoral programMonash doctoral program ( At the core of this program is the completion of a substantial research thesis on an agreed topic under the guidance of a supervisory team. Your research training is further enhanced by professional development activities or coursework units designed to support you in your academic and professional development.

Upon completion of your doctoral studies at Monash, you will be able to demonstrate that you have successfully designed and executed a research project that makes an original and substantial contribution to your discipline. In your research journey, you will have also acquired the necessary skills and professional attributes to make an immediate and enduring impact on academia, industry, government, or community.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 10 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 10 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

Successful completion of this course will signify that the holder has completed a course of graduate research training under proper academic supervision and has submitted a thesis (or equivalent) that the examiners have declared to be a significant contribution to knowledge and which demonstrates the student's capacity to carry out independent original research.

It is expected that graduates will be able to demonstrate the following abilities:

  1. carry out independent research
  2. critically review the current research in the literature
  3. formulate a research problem of high impact and significance
  4. apply the appropriate research methodology
  5. analyse the research data
  6. articulate the research outcome to a variety of audiences.

Conditions of enrolment

You will be required to complete:

  • Monash Graduate Research Induction (online)
  • Research Integrity (online)
  • any faculty or program induction requirements.

As a student of the university, you will be required to abide by all relevant statutes, regulations, policies and procedures. This includes maintaining satisfactory progress via regular milestone reviews in accordance with the Graduate Research Progress Management policyGraduate Research Progress Management policy ( and procedures, ensuring you are undertaking research of an appropriate quality and scale as required by your course. You should refer to the University's current statutes and the University Policy BankUniversity Policy Bank ( for links to relevant policies, procedures and guidelines.


This course consists of:

  • a research and thesis component or a practice based research project and exegesis component
  • a coursework study program.

Areas of research

Refer to the research areasresearch areas ( in the faculty.


You must, in consultation with and under the direct supervision of a member/s of the academic staff:

1. carry out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the school or department of enrolment in your chosen discipline for a specified period, including attending and/or presenting at seminars and other related activities as indicated by the relevant school/department

2. complete one of the following:

a. submit for assessment a thesis of not more than 80,000 words on the program of research which meets the requirements of the examiners. Submission of a thesis including published worksthesis including published works ( may be permitted.

b. develop a practice-based research project on an agreed topic approved by the school or department of enrolment in your chosen discipline, resulting in a body of work examined by demonstration or exhibition. The examinable material includes a written exegesis, the minimum of which is to be 35,000 words, excluding appendices, bibliography etc. The exegesis is to contextualise the practice-based work. The works in the demonstration or exhibition should engage one or more of the senses, and must not only be new but must also result in a doctoral level contribution, which has substantial disciplinary significance. Unless site-specific, the faculty requires doctoral examination demonstrations or exhibitions to be conducted on campus.

3. satisfactorily complete the following program of coursework study:

You must pass any required coursework units, the assessment of which is conducted in accordance with the University's Assessment in Coursework Units policyAssessment in Coursework Units policy ( and supporting procedures.