Doctor of Information Technology

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What is this course about?

CSU's Doctor of Information Technology is a unique course offering flexibility and industry relevance, allowing you to develop your IT expertise to the highest professional level.

Through both coursework and thesis components, the Doctor of Information Technology offers the research opportunity to extend knowledge of the discipline of information and communication technology and develops the attributes required to successfully identify, investigate and resolve problems and opportunities in today's IT industry.

Why study this degree?

CSU's Doctor of Information Technology is a unique Doctorate that is applied, flexible and industry supported. The course consists of coursework and thesis components.

  • Applied: During your doctoral studies you will be developing a series of IT industry White Papers and the subject of your final thesis will be a real world issue or innovation that delivers tangible benefits to the Information Technology industry

  • Flexible: The Doctorate incorporates the Graduate Certificate in Computing Research, and the Master of Computing Research. This structure gives you the opportunity to take a break from your Doctorate at fixed points in your study or to exit the Doctorate while still obtaining a qualification

  • Industry supported: Your supervisory team will include an industry based adjunct supervisor who is an expert in the area you are researching.

Flexible offering

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

This course is available by distance education only and is offered in Session 1 and Session 2, commencing in February and July each year.

Career opportunities

The Doctor of Information Technology will develop extensive research and scholarly writing skills desired for middle to senior level Information and Communication Technology (ICT) professionals such as Chief Information Officers (CIOs), Chief Information Security Officers (CISO), Chief Technology Officers, Development Managers, Enterprise Architects, IT Managers, IT Strategists, IT Policy Managers and ICT Consultants.

Graduation requirements

To graduate, a candidate must complete a minimum of 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), assessed as acceptable in accordance with the University's regulations, after a period of enrolment specified by University regulation.

In order to commence the thesis component of this course, the student must obtain a cumulative Credit or higher grade average from the four coursework subjects.

Exit with the Graduate Certificate in Computing Research

A student will be eligible to exit with the Graduate Certificate in Computing Research with completion of two of the four coursework subjects.

Exit with the Master of Computing Research

A student with less than Credit average in the four coursework subjects or those who wish to discontinue the Doctor of Information Technology will be able to exit with the Master of Computing Research.

The number of subjects and specific subject choices are described in the course structure and enrolment pattern for the course.

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.

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Session 1; Session 2


Higher Degree by Research


The minimum full-time duration for this course is 8 sessions.



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