Postgraduate Courses
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Doctor of Philosophy

Testamur Title of Degree:

Doctor of Philosophy



My University:

Informatics, Philosophy


3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Total Credit Points:

144 (48 credit points per year)

Delivery Mode:

Individual supervised research

Starting Session(s):




UOW Course Code:





Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) candidates undertake in-depth research in order to make an original contribution to the body of knowledge in a chosen field of study. This qualification can lead to, or enhance, an academic career and is also highly regarded by public and private sector employers.

Entry Requirements / Assumed Knowledge

A four-year Honours Bachelor degree in Computer Science (a minimum of Class II, Division 2 or higher), or Master of Computer Science - Research degree with strong performance in the 48 credit point thesis, or equivalent.

Course Requirements

This program is 100% by thesis. Candidates enrol in a 48 credit point thesis subject and repeat the same enrolment for each year of study, usually over three years of full-time study. Students may be required to attend lectures in relevant topics from time to time throughout the program.

Current Research Areas


    • Computer and Communication Security

    • Cryptography Theory

    • Network Security

    • Multimedia Security

Software Engineering

    • Software Testing

    • Requirements Engineering

    • Business Process Management

    • Service-oriented Systems

    • Agent-oriented Software Engineering

Multimedia Information Processing

    • Image/Video Processing

    • Human Activity Detection and Recognition

    • Image/Video Annotation and Retrieval

    • Multimodal Biometrics and Crypto-biometrics

    • Multimedia Security and Forensics

    • Virtual Reality

Intelligent Systems

    • Robotics

    • Machine Learning

    • Distributed Systems

    • Agent and Multi-agent Techniques

    • Data Mining and Modelling

    • Agent Programming

    • Constraint Programming

    • Knowledge Representation and Reasoning

Other Information

It is possible to downgrade enrolment from a PhD to a Master of Science - Research, with the permission of the Head of School. Further information is available at or email:

Last reviewed: 11 October, 2012