2017 Postgraduate Courses
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Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) | 2017

This information is for students commencing their course in 2017. Students follow the rules and requirements for the year they commenced their course. Please refer to the Archives link in the menu for years prior to 2017.

Testamur Title of Degree:

Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated)



UOW Course Code:



074738A - Mathematics & Applied Statistics
094537M - Physics & Medical Radiation Physics
072793K - Information & Communication Technology
072905G - Engineering (Civil, Environmental, Materials, Mechanical, Mechatronics & Mining)
074737B - Engineering (Electrical, Computer & Telecommunications)

Total Credit Points:



4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:


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Additional Information:

Course Finder (Information & Communication Technology, Mathematics & Statistics)
Course Finder (Engineering, Physics)


The Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) is a four-year research degree which incorporates a traditional three-year PhD thesis with one year of coursework subjects, combining generic research training and discipline-specific content into a single degree.

The coursework, which is undertaken in the first year of the degree, comprises research training skills and individual coursework subjects. Research skills are tailored for each faculty, but typically include: research methodology; literature review, critical analysis, or laboratory projects; and advanced topics or a minor research project. The individual subjects are normally chosen from options within the Masters by Coursework degrees within the relevant faculty, thereby allowing students to obtain deeper content knowledge in a specific discipline area.

International students intending to become university researchers and teachers in their home country will benefit from exposure to Australian teaching methods through these subjects.

The research component is the same as for the three-year PhD program, leading to the production of a written thesis which involves a significant contribution to a field of knowledge.

In order to progress to the research component, PhD Integrated students must complete the first year with an average of 75%, including 75% in each research training skills subject. Students progressing to the research component will have developed their specific research topic before commencing the research component. For research areas that the Faculty specialises in please see the PhD handbook entry.

Visit Research and Innovation for more information regarding the course structure.

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements and English requirements are available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate expert, specialised cognitive technical and research skills in a discipline area to independently and systematically generate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial scholarly contribution to a discipline;
  2. Critically reflect on, synthesise and evaluate a substantial and complex body of knowledge at the frontier of a discipline area;
  3. Communicate research findings, explaining and critiquing theoretical propositions, methodologies, results and conclusions to peers and to the community;
  4. Apply detailed knowledge of research, research integrity, ethics and the rights and safety of others, to plan and execute original research with intellectual independence and with full autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility for personal outputs. 

Course Structure

Year 1

Candidates will be required to complete a total of 48 credit points of coursework subjects consisting of a selection of research training and relevant discipline subjects which support the intended area of research.  The 48 credit points of coursework subjects must be completed before the commencement of the thesis.  

PhD (Integrated) Subject Lists:

Continuation to the PhD thesis will be dependent upon successful completion of the coursework component with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 75%, including a WAM of 75% in each research training skills subject.

Year 2-4 

Subject Code subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Students must complete ONE of the following two subjects:
THES924 Thesis Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
THES912 Thesis Part Time 12 Autumn, Spring

Research Areas

Areas of research available to candidates undertaking the PhD(I) with the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences are listed under each of the Faculty’s disciplines along with a list of research projects in each discipline:

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

Students are advised to consult the University's Higher Degree Research (HDR) Supervision and Resources Policy.

For further information about the Faculty's areas of research strength, please consult the Faculty's website.

For more technical information about the degree progress, please consult the Graduate Research School website.

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: eis@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 18 July, 2017