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Doctor of Information Technology

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Take your IT expertise to the highest professional level. CSU's Doctor of Information Technology is a unique and flexible course, offering you the opportunity to make a significant contribution to knowledge at the frontier of the IT industry.

Joining CSU's active research community, you'll develop the attributes required to successfully identify, investigate and resolve IT challenges. CSU's research in this discipline is ranked at world level, according to the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation.

  • Why study this course?

    This unique doctorate is applied and industry supported. Through coursework and thesis components, you will undertake advanced, critical reflection on professional practice in information and communication technology and related fields.

    Industry relevance

    Under the guidance of both an academic supervisor and an industry-based supervisor, you will carry out original research and present your findings in refereed publications, including IT industry white papers. The subject of your thesis will be a real-world issue or innovation that delivers tangible benefits to the IT industry.

    Flexible offering

    As with all of CSU's courses, the Doctor of Information Technology is designed and delivered with flexibility in mind. You will complete the coursework component in part-time mode and then, for the thesis component, choose from full-time and part-time study options to complement your work and life commitments.


    A number of scholarships are available to higher degree by research students.

    Exit points

    You will be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Computing Research after completing the first two coursework subjects. If you have less than a Credit average in the four coursework subjects or you wish to discontinue the Doctor of Information Technology, you can exit with the Master of Computing Research.

  • Career opportunities

    CSU's Doctor of Information Technology provides excellent preparation for a career as a middle to senior level professional in the information and communication technology industry. Employment opportunities are found in business, government and research organisations in Australia and overseas. Roles may include Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer, Chief Technology Officer, Development Manager, Enterprise Architect, IT Manager, IT Strategist, IT Policy Manager or ICT consultant. Completion of a doctorate also demonstrates to employers that you can conduct independent research, manage a complex project, liaise with stakeholders and communicate effectively at an advanced level.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The course consists of the following coursework and thesis components. The thesis requirement is based upon the student's mode of enrolment with full-time students enrolling in ITC715 and part-time students in ITC716.


    ITC711 Research Issues in IT (16 points)
    ITC712 Research Methods in IT (16 points)
    ITC713 Research Plan in IT (16 points)
    ITC714 Research Development in IT (16 points)


    ITC715 Thesis (Full-Time) (128 points) OR
    ITC716 Thesis (Part-Time) (128 points)

    Exit points

    With the approval of the Course Coordinator students may elect to transfer and exit from the course after the completion of ITC711 and ITC712  (32 points) with a Graduate Certificate in Computing Research or after the completion of all four coursework subjects (64 points) with a Master of Computing Research.

    Enrolment pattern

    The coursework component is available in part-time mode only.  However, the thesis component can be enrolled either in part-time or full-time mode.


    Year 1 - Session 1
    ITC711 Research Issues in IT
    Year 1 - Session 2
    ITC712 Research Methods in IT
    Year 2 - Session 1
    ITC713 Research Plan in IT
    Year 2 - Session 2
    ITC714 Research Development in IT


    Year 3 - Session 1
    ITC716 Thesis (Part-Time)
    Year 3 - Session 2
    ITC716 Thesis (Part-Time)
    Year 4 - Session 1
    ITC716 Thesis (Part-Time)
    Year 4 - Session 2
    ITC716 Thesis (Part-Time)
    Year 5 - Session 1
    ITC716 Thesis (Part-Time)
    Year 5 - Session 2
    ITC716 Thesis (Part-Time)
    Year 6 - Session 1
    ITC716 Thesis (Part-Time)
    Year 6 - Session 2
    ITC716 Thesis (Part-Time) 


    Year 3 - Session 1
    ITC715 Thesis (Full-Time)
    Year 3 - Session 2
    ITC715 Thesis (Full-Time)
    Year 4 - Session 1
    ITC715 Thesis (Full-Time)
    Year 4 - Session 2
    ITC715 Thesis (Full-Time)

  • Admission information

    Candidates admitted to the course will:

    * hold a Class 1 or Class 2 division 1 Honours degree in a computing related discipline, or a Masters degree in a computing related discipline or another discipline deemed to be equivalent;
    * normally have at least five years of full-time (or equivalent) professional experience, a significant amount of which should be at middle and/or senior management level;
    * meet the University's English language proficiency requirements;
    * normally be required to certify that they have access to an appropriate organisation to carry out their empirical research work.

    These admission requirements are necessary to ensure that candidates have sufficient academic ability and professional experience to conduct research that leads to advanced, critical reflection on professional practice in information technology.

    Intending applicants should contact CSU on 1800 334 733 or submit an online enquiry if they have any questions about the course.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
    Find out more

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession 1Session 2Session 3Admission Code
    DirectOnlineUni WideRTSYYNEBDI
    DirectOnlineUni WideFPPGYYNOBDI
    DirectOnlineUni WideFPOSYYNJBDI

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate a candidate must complete 192 points; consisting of a coursework component comprising one third of the course (64 subject points), and the thesis component comprising the remaining two thirds (128 subject points).

    A candidate must complete the coursework component (ITC711, ITC712, ITC713, and ITC714) with a credit or higher average and the submission of a thesis (ITC715 or ITC716) assessed as acceptable in accordance with the University's regulations, after a period of enrolment specified by University regulations.

  • How to apply

    Complete the IT Masters Eligibility Form.

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    Apply direct to CSU for on campus study at a CSU regional campus, or study by distance education.

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    Contact a Recruitment agent in your country who can answer your questions about CSU as well as help with the student visa application process.

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  • About the School

    School of Computing and Mathematics

    The School of Computing and Mathematics is a cross-campus School, based at the Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst and Wagga Wagga campuses, and offering undergraduate and postgraduate degrees online. The School has strong external research and consultancy links, creating a range of opportunities for students to mix their study with interesting research projects. The School of Computing and Mathematics has an excellent national reputation, with a research profile that is ranked at world level according to the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation. In addition, the School was recently ranked by University Reviews as offering one of the top two computer science courses in Australia for 2016. The focus of teaching and research is on practical applications of information and communication technology, mathematics and statistics to applied problems in industry, the environment and business.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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