Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Integrated) in Information Technology and Computer Science

Victoria University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 088587G

Level of study: Postgraduate


Aim for career as an academic, IT expert or computer scientist. Our integrated PhD teaches you best-practice research methods before you begin original and important study.

VU's integrated PhD in Information Technology & Computer Science

VU's integrated PhD in IT and Computer Science offers a pathway to a doctorate degree to graduates without a research background. In your first year, you’ll receive intensive training in data collection and analysis. On passing first-year components with a 70% average, you’ll begin an investigative thesis at the forefront of its field. You’ll complete your PhD in the standard four years.

Our PhD program gives you access to world-class research centres and expert supervisors. We have an interdisciplinary approach where we solve real-world problems using mathematics modelling and innovative IT applications.

Our strong partnerships in healthcare, business and government mean your research will contribute real benefits to society.

You’ll learn to present your findings through your thesis, and in conferences, public presentations and academic publications.

Information Technology research areas

When you undertake a doctoral degree in information technology and computer science at VU, you’ll specialise in one of our areas of research focus. These are supported by expertise from the University, research partners, institutes and research centres.

We are committed to undertaking high-impact research that shapes healthier, smarter and more sustainable communities across six interdisciplinary areas of research focus.

Our world-class innovative applications in smart environments and active living research areas include:

  • cognitive knowledge modelling
  • machine inference
  • big data analytics
  • sensor networks
  • software engineering.

Careers in IT and computer sciences

Depending on your area of research, your PhD could lead to one of the following careers:

  • academic researcher and lecturer
  • actuarial scientist or statistician
  • government adviser
  • data scientist and data analyst
  • cyber security consultant
  • ICT trainer
  • ICT manager
  • IT consultant
  • software developer/engineer

Course structure

To attain the award of Doctor of Philosophy through undertaking the Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) students will be required to complete in total 384 credit points consisting of:

72 credit points of Core studies in Year 1

24 credit points of Elective studies in Year 1

288 credit points of Thesis units as per standard PhD

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
31,200 Per Year
Read more15,600 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.
Feb 2022
Jul 2022
4 years Full time Victoria University
Footscray Park campus
Ballarat Road
Melbourne Victoria 3011

Entry criteria

Entry into a research program (postgraduate study) requires completion of: an honours degree, or a masters degree by coursework with a research component, or an equivalent qualification from an approved university.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)

TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 79 (Listening 19, Speaking 19, Reading 18, Writing 22)

Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 58 (no section score less than 50)

University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176. No individual band less than 169.

VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved


Victoria University
Footscray Park campus
Ballarat Road
Melbourne Victoria 3011
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