36 months
35520 AUD/year
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Join the Computer Science program from RMIT University and use your advanced research skills to further the growth and development of computer science.    

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You will join an active research community and work with academics, peers and partner organisations who have demonstrated research success in a range of specialities, including:

  • data engineering and analysis
  • distributed systems and networking
  • artificial intelligence
  • heuristic optimisation   
  • information retrieval and web search 
  • software engineering

RMIT's success is demonstrated in international university rankings, with computer science at RMIT being placed in the top 200 universities in the Shanghai Jiao Tong rankings and joint sixth in Australia for computer science and information systems in the 2015 QS World University rankings. The Australian Research Council identified our research in Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing and Information Systems as above world standard in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) reports.


Join the Computer Science program from RMIT University and you will be able to pursue an academic career in a university, be employed in senior leadership, management and research positions in government, scientific and industrial research laboratories, or work in or start high tech companies.

On completion, our candidates have gone on to senior positions with industry leaders including SENSIS, Seek, CSIRO and Tinder.

Programme Structure

  • Time spent on research

Full-time candidates are expected to commit at least four days per week (or at least two days per week for part-time candidates) to their research. The academic year is 48 weeks.

  • Regular contact with your supervisor

A schedule of meetings with your supervisor/s must be established to assess progress against milestones and timely completion. 

  • Resources, facilities and support   

You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal. You will be part of an active research community and have access to resources and workshops to help you succeed.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
More details
  • Start date: Continuous    


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS number: 079721C    

The minimum requirements for admission to a PhD program are:

  • a bachelor degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant discipline awarded with honours. The degree should include a research component comprised of a thesis, other research projects or research methodology courses that constitute at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent). The applicant must have achieved at least a distinction average in the final year; or
  • a master degree that includes a research component comprised of at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent) with an overall distinction average or a master degree without a research component with at least a high distinction average; or
  • evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or experience that satisfies the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training and Development

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35520 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35520 AUD per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Melbourne

1501 - 2659 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Computer science candidates may be eligible for a range of scholarships including:

  • Australian Postgraduate Awards - funded by the Australian Government
  • PhD and Research Masters Scholarships - funded by RMIT University
  • PhD scholarships in computer science and IT - funded by the School of Science
  • other postgraduate research scholarships

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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