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The DIT degree provides an opportunity to combine a doctoral thesis with the coursework component of a Masters in Science specialising in Information Technology. The degree consists of one-third coursework (equivalent to one year full-time) and two-thirds research (equivalent to two years full-time) which may be in an area encountered by the student while undertaking coursework. The program is intended to prepare candidates for the highest level of professional practice, in which they can contribute significantly to the development of the discipline of Information Technology.

High level professional practice in the field of information technology involves the continuous improvement of the associated body of knowledge in order to manage the ever-increasing complexity of IT systems. This extension requires significant experience and a mastery of the professional body of knowledge, underpinned by strong research skills.

In this program, mastery of the professional body of knowledge is achieved in the coursework component, which builds on prior education and the experience gained through professional practice.

Based on this mastery of the professional body of knowledge, the thesis component of the program develops the research skills necessary for an experienced practitioner to be able to make a significant contribution to the continuous improvement of their discipline’s professional practice. See UNSW Higher Degree Research Learning Outcomes.

The degree consists of one third coursework (equivalent to two semesters’ full time) and two thirds research (equivalent to a minimum of four semesters’ full time) which may be taken in an area encountered by the student while undertaking coursework. All coursework must be completed before the commencement of the dissertation. Assessment of the research component is as for other final research degrees, i.e. award / not award / re-submit.



Study Level


Typical duration

3 Years

Delivery Mode

Face-to-face, Research

Academic Calendar

Research Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Professional Doctorate


Doctor of Information Technology - ITD



Entry Requirements

Additional Information

Award of the Degree

The degree of Doctor of Information Technology may be awarded by the Council on the recommendation of the UNSW Canberra Higher Degree Committee (hereinafter referred to as the Committee) to a candidate who after satisfactorily completing a qualifying program comprising 48 units of credit in the Master of Science specialising in Information Technology degree has, through the submission of a thesis based on his or her research, made an original and significant contribution to knowledge in the field of Information Technology.

Full credit for the qualifying program will be given for students who have previously completed the Master of Science specialising in Information Technology.

Prospective students

Prospective students are strongly advised to make contact with a potential supervisor and the UNSW Canberra Research Student Unit before applying for research study at the University.

Further information about the DIT program and scholarships at UNSW Canberra can be found by emailing a query via

Please refer to the UNSW Canberra Future Students website for further information on how to apply, scholarships, English language requirements, thesis preparation and other research related matters.

Further Information

For further information on policies, procedures and forms, see the Graduate Research website.

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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