The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded for a thesis based on research which results in an original and substantial contribution to knowledge in the Computing or Information Systems disciplines, at the best international standard, as judged by disinterested experts. To enter the PhD program you must have at least an Upper Second Class Honours degree in Computing or Information Systems, or a research Master degree, or an equivalent. The minimum and maximum periods of candidature are two and four years respectively (double these for part-time). Normally you can expect to take 3 to 3.5 years before submitting your thesis.
Successful completion of the PhD degree demonstrates your authority in the chosen field and shows that you have a thorough grasp of the methodological techniques that are appropriate to conduct competent research. The PhD is regarded as the basic qualification for a career in universities, or a major research organization. UTas PhDs are highly regarded worldwide.
The Master of Science (MSc) is also awarded for a thesis indicating that a candidate has undertaken a substantial piece of original research. The difference between an MSc and a PhD is primarily in scope, with the PhD thesis showing a more in-depth and comprehensive treatment of a research problem. For entry to the MSc program you must have at least a Second Class Honours degree, or equivalent. The minimum and maximum periods of candidature are one and three years respectively (double for part-time). It is sometimes possible to commence a Master degree and subsequently apply to transfer to the PhD program after achieving significant research success.
Authorised by the Head of School, Computing & Information Systems
19 April, 2012