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What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) is a research degree commencing with a cohort-based foundation year of research preparation followed by an independent, supervised research project.

The subjects covered in the first year support the development of the research project and include generic research training and discipline-specific units. These provide you with strategies for a successful research journey, appropriate research design and methodology, timely completion, and effective writing and communication skills. You must achieve an overall weighted average mark (WAM) of 70% in the first year of research preparation in order to continue into the thesis component of the course.

A PhD (I) may be undertaken in any School within ECU, provided there are supervisors available in your proposed research area, and the resources and facilities required to complete your proposed project are accessible. ECU encourages interdisciplinary research that may span multiple research fields and Schools. We encourage you to view the Research Activity pages of the School websites for ECUs areas of research focus.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions, and cogently present findings of a complex and original investigation to peers and the broader community.
  • Integrate substantial and systemic understanding of complex discipline knowledge with research principles and methods to demonstrate expertise in the field.
  • Take responsibility and show initiative for designing and executing original research, demonstrating capacity to generate new knowledge with intellectual independence.
  • Use expert skills and authoritative judgment to adapt and implement research methodologies and conduct systematic and independent investigation of theory and/or practice at the frontier of a discipline.

Computer Science:

In our connected world software is running in the background everywhere - your home, workplace and even in your car. All these are driven by complex systems with trillions of lines of code that have been developed using Computer Science techniques.

Our researchers are innovative and help create better and safer software environments. Through artificial intelligence and computer visualization, they create intelligent solutions in various domains such as serious games, bioinformatics and biometrics. Our researchers are also improving business decisions through the use of web-based intelligent decision support systems. Never before has cyber and digital security been more important. Our researchers are leaders in digital security and forensics. They deliver immediate and high impact outcomes in the areas of computer and digital forensics, network and wireless security, information warfare, physical security, risk management and aviation security. Computer and Security research at ECU concentrates on: Software engineering; Artificial intelligence; Database management; Image processing, Pattern recognition and Biometrics; Data mining; Serious Games; Web design and accessibility. Specific postgraduate research topics related to the above topics are developed in conjunction with the postgraduate coordinator or potential supervisor. The school also places a high emphasis on collaborations with industry, government agencies and not-for-profit organisations, which enhance the postgraduate experience.

Employment opportunities

Academic and research organisations, Information and technology organisations, Government agencies, Oil, gas and mining organisations, Data Analytics.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts and Humanities



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$35,300.00 (US$ 26,223) per year
Estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $35,300

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected July 2022

More details

Start date

14 February 2022


Edith Cowan University (ECU)

Joondalup Campus,

270 Joondalup Drive,


Western Australia,

6027, PERTH, Australia

Online/Distance (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$35,300.00 (US$ 26,223) per year
Estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $35,300

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected July 2022

More details

Start date

14 February 2022

Entry requirements

For international students

All applicants are required to hold a Master by Coursework in a related field. Alternatively applicants can hold an Honours degree, or the equivalent in a relevant field from a recognised University, Applicants seeking online study will be required to provide additional information to support their application, as not all projects nor disciplines are suited to online study.

Academic admission requirements (Band 10) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • Masters Degree (Research);
  • Masters Degree (Coursework) in a related discipline area;
  • Masters Degree (Coursework) with 2/3 research component; or
  • Bachelor Honours Degree.

English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • Academic IELTS: An overall band score of 6.5, with no individual band less than 6.0;
  • Pearson English Test (PTE) Academic - PTE Academic 58, with no score less than 50 for postgraduate standard entry courses.
  • TOEFL iBT - Minimum score of 573, including Test of Written English of 5.0 or better.
  • TOEFL - Minimum score of 84, with no individual score less than 17.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Edith Cowan University (ECU)

Edith Cowan University is in the top 2.5% of world universities in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

  • Among world’s top 100 best young universities (THE)
  • Offers a range of industry-relevant programmes
  • World-class research profile
  • Enjoys broad industry connections