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Doctor of Philosophy

 
Note:

Research degrees are offered on a sponsored, scholarship, faculty part-sponsored or full-fee-paying basis. Contact UTS: Information Technology or the UTS: Graduate Research School for further details.

location
City campus

Max. duration
4 years full time or
8 years part time

course codes
UTS: C02029v4
CRICOS: 009469A

The PhD is a University-wide degree which involves an intense period of supervised study and research, culminating in the submission of a thesis. The degree is awarded to candidates who, through original investigation, make a distinct and significant contribution to knowledge in their field of specialisation.

The course enables students to advance themselves in their career in computing and information technology. It offers flexibility in the choice of topic of research so it may be closely aligned with students' professional careers.

Course fees

For relevant fee information, are you a Local student or International student

Research Training Scheme

The majority of domestic research degree students are funded through the Research Training Scheme (RTS). Through the RTS, the Australian Government provides a quota of tuition fee exempt places for postgraduate research places to recognised universities.

If you are granted an RTS place, you are not required to pay tuition fees. However, you can still expect to pay the ongoing costs of being part of an academic environment and conducting research. In addition to ongoing costs, you may also be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Scholarships

In addition, research scholarships to the value of $35,000 are available to support living expenses for domestic students to study master's by research and doctoral programs at UTS.

Tuition fee calculations

Tuition fees and RTS load for postgraduate research degrees are charged pro-rata based on the number of days a student is enrolled in each research degree semester and whether the student is enrolled after the research census date.

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Tuition fees for international students vary between courses and range from A$19,840 to A$34,080 per year. Tuition fees for postgraduate research degrees are charged pro-rata based on the number of days a student is enrolled in each research degree session and whether the student is enrolled after the research census date.

Tuition fees for international postgraduate research students can be found using fees search.

Tuition fees must be paid in advance each session and are subject to annual increase. Fees for future year(s) published in fees search, whilst unlikely to change, are estimates only. UTS makes every effort to provide up to date future year(s) fee estimates and to limit any changes, however, UTS reserves the right to vary fees for future year(s) at any time.

 

For this course, the cost per semester for 2017 is $15505. The expected number of semesters are 8.

All international students should familiarise themselves with the following documents:

In addition to tuition fees, students may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Textbooks and other course materials will also result in additional costs.

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For further information on costs related to your study at UTS, visit the international students' tuition fees information page.

Careers

Career options include positions in universities and other institutions undertaking research or other academic work including teaching. Opportunities involving research and development also exist with national and international firms.

Course structure

Course completion requirements

RequirementCredit points
Select one of the following options:0
32986 PhD Thesis: Information Systems0
33874 PhD Thesis: Software Engineering0
32903 PhD Thesis: Analytics0
32144 Technology Research Preparation6
32931 Technology Research Methods6
Total0

Course structure explained

There are three specific stages to the doctoral program to frame and support the progress of the candidate and their study.

The doctoral program includes the formalisation and/or introduction of a number of introductory and advanced modules, including subjects covering research preparation and research methods, to support the research and professional development of the student.

Research student progress is supported and reviewed through a doctoral study plan (DSP). Students design their own DSP in consultation with their supervisor(s). In the first stage the DSP is based on the student's academic and professional background and his or her goals. The second and third stages are based on the progress of his or her study. Candidates are assessed prior to advancing to the next stage of their candidature and submit, in consultation with their supervisor(s), a review of progress at the end of each session.

Candidates are required to submit a thesis for examination under the supervision of their supervisor(s).

Additional information

Course duration

The maximum course duration is four years of full-time or eight years of part-time study.

UTS: Information Technology has a strong preference for research work that proceeds at a full-time pace. However, this preference should not be seen as a deterrent to those students who wish to remain in employment. Students who are working full time are encouraged to select a topic for their research which is closely aligned with their professional work.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised master's by research or bachelor's degree with first or second class honours (division 1), or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.

Applicants' previous qualifications must have a major computing component. Before submitting a formal application for admission to this course, applicants should first seek the approval of a potential supervisor for their proposed research work.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.0 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 500-549 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 60-78 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 50-57; or CAE: 169-175.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Scholarships, prizes and awards

Scholarships

Prizes and awards

UTS: Handbook

See the Doctor of Philosophy in the UTS: Handbook for comprehensive course details.
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