Overview

As a Doctor of Philosophy in Information and Communication Technology (Integrated) candidate, you'll undertake supervised research with the aim of making a significant and original contribution to a discipline or profession. The research you'll undertake may be pure, exploratory, applied, experimental and/or creative.

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Your industry experience

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Research areas

  • Cloud computing
  • Role-oriented adaptive design
  • Energy-management software
  • Data management
  • Cybersecurity

Skills you’ll learn

  • Independent thinking
  • Decision-making skills
  • Good judgement
  • Logical thought, rationality
  • Communication skills
  • Project management skills

Your career opportunities

  • Researcher
  • Academic
  • Policy advisor
  • Consultant

Key codes

CRICOS course code
064191C
VTAC Code (CSP)
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Why Swinburne?

Ranked Top 350 in Computer Science and Information Systems

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023

Ranked Top 150 in Computer Science

Times Higher Education World University Ranking by Subject 2023

Ranked top 100 in the world for Computer Science and Engineering

ARWU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

Qualifications

To be eligible for admission into the Doctor of Philosophy (DR-INTICT), an applicant must have successfully completed:

  • Master of Research (MR-INTICT) at Swinburne with a minimum H2A average (70% or higher)

  • Confirmation of Candidature Review 

Students applying to the Doctor of Philosophy (DR-INTICT) will automatically be considered for a place in the Bachelor of Research (Honours) (BH-INTICT) and Master of Research (MR-INTICT) do not need to apply separately for these programs.

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) can now be done on campus in Hawthorn at Room 132, Building TD. Book now or call +61 3 9214 3584 for more information.

To be eligible for admission into the Doctor of Philosophy (DR-INTICT) course, an applicant must have successfully completed:

  • Master of Research (MR-INTICT) at Swinburne with a minimum H2A average (70% or higher)

  • Confirmation of Candidature Review

Students applying to the Doctor of Philosophy (DR-INTICT) will automatically be considered for a place in the Bachelor of Research (Honours) (BH-INTICT) and Master of Research (MR-INTICT) do not need to separately apply for these programs.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

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Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Doctor of Philosophy, candidates are required to complete the following:

  • PhD thesis (70,000 to 100,000 word thesis or equivalent)

Candidates receive guidance and support from their research supervisors and have the opportunity to participate in a number of research training sessions on topics such as thesis writing, publishing and presenting.

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PhD Thesis

As part of your final submission, you are required to provide a written research thesis, including associated papers, of up to 60,000 words.

Progress reviews

Progress reviews used to monitor academic progress and provide feedback to candidates at different stages of their candidature. Progress review due dates will vary based on your degree and enrolment status.

Progress reviews process Due date from enrolment

Preconfirmation review

Completion of thesis-related tasks and attendance at research training workshops

3 months

Confirmation of candidature review

Completion of thesis-related tasks and attendance at research training workshops

9-12 months

Mid-candidature review

Completion of thesis-related tasks and attendance at research training workshops

I2-24 months

Draft thesis review

Completion of thesis-related tasks and attendance at research training workshops

33-36 months and follow-up 3 months prior to thesis submission

Government-funded Research training program (RTP)

If you are a domestic student (including Australian and New Zealand citizens, and Australian permanent residents) your application will be automatically considered for a Government-funded Research Training Program (RTP) place.

2023 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$40,400

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply to 2023 unit enrolments for HE Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) and Undergraduate Full Fee Paying (FFP) only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme available to you if you are eligible and enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place. A HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of your contribution amount.

Find out more about fees

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Finances
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.
Learn more about paying your fees

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2023 are now open. Our research scholarships are awarded to candidates with exceptional potential who are undertaking doctoral studies. These opportunities seek to promote equity and recognise excellence and achievement. 

Please view our guidebook to help determine which documents you’ll need to prepare an application.

Learn more about scholarships

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 30 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Learn more about scholarships

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

Representatives and agents
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Apply for a research degree

Step 1: Decide on a research topic

Your research topic should align with one of the areas of research we are involved in. You can find out about Swinburne's areas of research through our:

Step 2: Find a supervisor

Using the Find a Supervisor tool search for a potential supervisor in your area of interest and contact them directly to discuss supervision. You must find a supervisor for your research project before applying for a research degree. Your application will not be considered unless you have an appropriate and willing supervisor.

Find a supervisor

Step 3: Submit your application

Once you have decided on a research topic and found an appropriate and willing supervisor, you must complete and submit the online application form.

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Course code
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Course code
DR-INTICT
CRICOS code
064191C
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Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Last date to apply
21-February-2024
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26-February-2024
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Start dates
Semester 1
Location
Hawthorn
Start dates
26-February-2024
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