Master of Philosophy (Information Sciences)

Course summary

The Master of Philosophy comprises 24 credit points of coursework and a 72 credit points' thesis. Academic Units may award advanced standing for the coursework component and will determine the appropriate entry point.

The thesis is examined by two examiners with no more than one being internal.

Visit UOW's Research & Innovation website for information regarding the University's research activity, research strengths, scholarships and services. For specific information relating to research being undertaken within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences, visit the Faculty's research pages.

Students may be required to attend lectures in relevant topics from time to time throughout the program.

Course information

Study area

Information & Communication Technology, Mathematics & Statistics, Research

Campus

Wollongong, Innovation Campus

Course Code

1352

ATAR (UAI)

-

Duration

2 years full-time (4 sessions) or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

078366C

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

Academic Requirements

A Bachelor plus a coursework Masters degree with a minimum credit average (65% or GPA 3.0 out of 4.0), or a four year Bachelor Honours degree (with a minimum of 2-2 Honours) are the typical entry requirements for the Master of Philosophy. A three year Bachelor degree (without Honours), but with a distinction average (75%) may also be a suitable entry requirement, if in the same discipline as the proposed program.

Research related and professional experience will also be considered when assessing qualifications. The Head of Postgraduate Studies for the relevant unit will approve entry into the Master of Philosophy, based on academic results, research and professional experience.

Candidates with a coursework masters degree or a four year Bachelor (Honours) degree in the same discipline may be granted up to 24cp of advanced standing for the coursework component of the Masters of Philosophy.

Special Admission Requirements

All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

  • commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work;
  • contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

Students are advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss their project prior to applying for admission.

English Requirements

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

88

18

18

18

18

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Fees

2018 Information
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $14,832
Full Course Fee: $59,328

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Innovation Campus
On Campus

Session Fee: $14,832
Full Course Fee: $59,328

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

Entry Requirements

Honours degree with 2nd class Division 2 or higher, coursework Masters with WAM 60+ or GPA of 2.8 out of 4.

Research related and professional experience will also be considered when assessing qualifications. The Head of Postgraduate Studies for the relevant unit will approve entry into the Master of Philosophy, based on academic results, research and professional experience.

Candidates with a coursework masters degree or a four year Bachelor (Honours) degree in the same discipline may be granted up to 24cp of advanced standing for the coursework component of the Masters of Philosophy..

Special Admission Requirements

All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

  • commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work;
  • contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

Students are advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss their project prior to applying for admission.

Fees

2018 Domestic Fees / Commonwealth Supported Place
Wollongong
On Campus

Session Fee: $14,832
Full Course Fee: $59,328

Exempt for the normal time limit of the course.

Innovation Campus
On Campus

Session Fee: $14,832
Full Course Fee: $59,328

Exempt for the normal time limit of the course.

Admission information

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW’s Admissions Procedures Policy, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.


Profile information

This information provides indicative enrolment and an explanation of the basis of admission of students in this course.


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT

This table is intended to show the breakdown of the student group for a course or group of related courses. Unfortunately there is currently no detailed information to provide, so please contact the UOW Future Students Team for more information.


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with other factors. For more information on ‘bonus points’ and other ATAR-related adjustments commonly available to applicants, see ‘Points to UOW’.

ATAR PROFILE OF ATAR-BASED OFFERS IN 2016

ATAR

Selection Rank

Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

75th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

25th percentile rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)
N/P: Not published (less than 25 ATAR-based offers made)
Understanding ATAR profile data

ATAR refers to the unadjusted, raw ATAR profile for all students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR.
Selection Rank figures represent the ATAR profile of the same student group but includes the impact of ATAR-related adjustments such as 'Points to UOW'.

STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2016.

APPLICANT BACKGROUND

2016 intake

2016 intake (%)

Higher education study

-

-

Vocational education & training study

-

-

Recent secondary education

Basis of admission

ATAR Only

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR)

-

-

Work & life experience

-

-

International students

-

-

All students

-

-

L/N: Low numbers (number of students is less than 5)
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)
Understanding student profile data

Higher education study includes people who have studied a University course or completed a bridging or enabling course.
Vocational education and training (VET) study includes people who have undertaken VET study since leaving school.
ATAR only includes people admitted only on the basis of ATAR, regardless of whether this includes adjustment factors such as equity or bonus points.
ATAR plus additional criteria includes people who were admitted where both ATAR and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra test,
early offer conditional on minimum ATAR).
Other criteria only (non-ATAR) includes people admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone,
schools recommendation scheme with no minimum ATAR requirement).
Work & life experience includes people admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the above.
International student represents all other students.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

2018 Autumn

Wollongong

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close
Key dates are:

  • Domestic Applicants: 31 January. Late applications will be accepted where places are available.
    Provided a complete application, including all required supporting documentation has been submitted, on-time applicants will be advised of their application outcome within two weeks of receipt.

  • International Applicants: One week prior to course commencement date.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February 2018
Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018

Innovation Campus

Session Commences
26 February 2018

Applications Close
Key dates are:

  • Domestic Applicants: 31 January. Late applications will be accepted where places are available.
    Provided a complete application, including all required supporting documentation has been submitted, on-time applicants will be advised of their application outcome within two weeks of receipt.

  • International Applicants: One week prior to course commencement date.

Session Details
Orientation: 20 - 22 February 2018
Session: 26 February - 21 June 2018

2018 Spring

Wollongong

Session Commences

23 July 2018

Applications Close
29 June 2018. Late applications may be considered if places are available.

Session Details
Orientation: 16 July 2018
Session: 23 July - 15 November 2018

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Master of Philosophy will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate cognitive, technical and creative skills in a discipline area to plan and execute a substantial piece of research that makes a contribution to knowledge;
  2. Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and critically reflect on, synthesise and evaluate complex information, problems, concepts, and theories;
  3. Communicate a coherent and sustained argument, explaining and disseminating research results and conclusions to peers and to the community;
  4. Apply advanced knowledge of research, research integrity, ethics and the rights and safety of others, to plan and execute a substantial piece of research with a high level of autonomy, accountability, adaptability and responsibility for personal outputs. 

Course Structure

The degree is composed of a 72 credit point research thesis and 24 credit points of coursework. The coursework component of the degree, which must be completed before the research thesis, will include 24 credit points of 400/900 level subjects, approved by the Head of School and the Head of Postgraduate Studies. As part of the coursework component, it is recommended that each international candidate complete Fundamentals for HDR Writing (RESH900), unless waived by the Head of Postgraduate Studies.

Students should consult the Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) handbook page for a list of coursework subjects in their selected specialisation. Students must seek advice from the respective Head of Postgraduate Studies.

In the research component, which comprises 72 credit points, candidates complete a research thesis. Candidates enrol in a full time (THES924 for 24cp) or part time (THES912 for 12cp) thesis subject each session. The thesis component represents 1.5 years of full-time study (or equivalent) for students.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Coursework Component
400- or 900-level subjects as approved 24 Autumn, Spring
Choose ONE of the following two subjects:
THES924 Thesis Full Time 24 Autumn, Spring
THES912 Thesis Part Time 12 Autumn, Spring

Plus the following elective subject may be chosen:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
GWP 800 Global Workplace Practice 6 Spring

For more information, visit the Work Integrated Learning website. 

Research Areas

Areas of research available to candidates undertaking the Master of Philosophy 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:

A transfer from the Master of Philosophy to a Doctor of Philosophy may be possible after successful completion of the coursework, and at least 9 months of the thesis component. Refer to the HDR Handbook for further details.

Candidates who wish to withdraw from the Master of Philosophy and apply for entry to a postgraduate coursework degree may receive up to 24 credit points of advanced standing.

Specialisations

  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Physics
  • Medical Radiation Physics
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Security
  • Information Technology
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Superconducting and Electronic Materials
  • Polymer Materials
  • Nano-Materials
  • Special Materials Research and Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechatronic Engineering
  • Manufacturing and Mechatronics
  • Bulk Materials Handling
  • Mining Engineering
  • Intelligent Mechatronics
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Intelligent Networks
  • Power Electronics and Drives
  • Power Systems
  • Telecommunications Engineering

 

Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences conducts a range of research, from fundamental to applied. The disciplines range from Mathematics and Applied Statistics, through Physics, to Engineering (Civil, Computer, Environmental, Materials, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Mining, Electrical, Software, Telecommunications) and Information Science and Technology.

The Faculty is one of largest sites of ICT research in the southern hemisphere. It has strong industrial links with major international companies, collaborative research and development projects with partners in South East Asia, Europe and USA, along with research partnerships in China, UK, USA, Thailand, Singapore, South Korea and India.