Information Technology - 0190

Information Technology


Monash University has a proud tradition of research excellence, and is committed to providing the highest quality of graduate research education. By undertaking your graduate studies at Monash, you will have the opportunity to be part of our stimulating, supportive and professional research environment.

Information Technology research has a multi-disciplinary, multi-campus and multi-national approach, providing Monash with a unique capacity to reach further and deeper than any other institution in Australia. We are internationally recognised for our research strengths in computational biology, IT for resilient communities, machine learning, and modelling, optimisation and visualisation ...

A PhD in IT takes the form of the Monash Doctoral Program – a PhD for the 21st century. The program consists of extensive, independent research on an agreed chosen topic, supported by a minimum of two academic supervisors. This is enhanced by professional development activities that provide you with the skills required to make an impact in academia, industry, government or the wider community. Your study will result in a research thesis or alternative approved output, which makes a valuable contribution to the current body of knowledge on your chosen topic. The award of the degree is generally accepted as showing you are capable of carrying out independent research.

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Course Details

  • On-campus at Caulfield: Full time & part time
  • On-campus at Clayton: Full time & part time
  • On-campus at Malaysia: Full time & part time
  • Off-campus: Full time & part time
Duration 3-4 years (full time),
6-8 years (part-time)
Start date Throughout the year
Qualification Doctor of Philosophy
2017 Course Handbook

Prior to applying, prospective candidates should contact the relevant schools to explore possible research topics and to find prospective supervisors. A PhD in IT requires you to complete a research thesis of up to 80,000 words (or alternative approved outputs). Areas for research cover the whole information technology spectrum from engineering to social science. Key strengths are in:

  • Computing science
  • Software engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Information and knowledge management.

As well as the research component, you will also complete a series of professional development activities or coursework units relevant to your chosen research focus. These activities are designed to provide you with the skills needed to develop your professional skills to support you in your future career.

In appropriate circumstances, enrolment for a master's degree by research may be converted into enrolment for a PhD.

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements


The minimum qualifications for admission to PhD candidature are:

  • a bachelors degree requiring at least four years of full-time study and normally including a research component in the fourth year, leading to an honours degree at first or upper second class level (HI or HIIA);
  • a course leading to a masters preliminary qualification at a level rated by the relevant school and faculty as equivalent to a first or upper second class honours degree; or
  • a masters degree that comprises a significant research component, at least equivalent to (a) above.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Making the application

Future students

Applications for this course can be accepted at anytime.

Applications for this course are submitted via the research degree and scholarship online application form.

Applicants for the Malaysia campus should apply directly to the campus. More information can be found by visiting the Malaysia campus website.

Queries in regard to applications for this course should be directed to the faculty.

For applications Direct to Monash

Apply directly to Monash with this course code: 0190

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Research Training Program (RTP)

This course is supported by the Australian government's Research Training Program (RTP). Under the RTP, domestic students are awarded an RTP Fees Offset which exempts them from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course. This exemption is valid for up to four years for students enrolled in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research master's degree.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.