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Professional Doctorate in Information Sciences (Research) - 862AA

Course Code: 862AA
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline(s): Academic Program Area - Technology
CRICOS Code: 064487J
English Language Requirements: Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0


The Professional Doctorate in Information Sciences is a rigorous higher degree by research oriented to the informed and critical application of knowledge to problems and issues concerning the Information professions and their professional practice. It offers professionals in the information sciences (including business informatics, information technology, statistics, mathematics, and engineering) an opportunity to study advanced subjects in these areas and to undertake research in a specialist area of information sciences. The main objective of this course is the extension of knowledge, expertise and skills towards the improvement of professional practice in information sciences. It provides advanced study and reflection on practice in the information professions by both drawing on student's professional experience and expertise, and extending it. The professional doctorate therefore provides the opportunity to bring together, in a scholarly submission, professional work done over a period of time.

The course is intended to develop the capacity of individuals to lead development of knowledge in their professional contexts.


Current Students
Associate Dean Research & Innovation, Prof Roland Goecke,

Admission Requirements

The entry requirements of the course are:
- a degree in information sciences (such as Bachelor of Business Informatics, Bachelor of Information Technology, Bachelor of Software Engineering) with an average grade of credit or better; or
- a Master of Technology or equivalent with an average grade of credit or better; and
- at least five years of appropriately high-level professional practice in information science; and
- evidence of capacity for doing research at the doctoral level. (as per Gold Book

Assumed Knowledge


Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Doctor of Information Sciences DInfSc

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International


The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course based on a full time load. Domestic students should note that you are provided for under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for your fees for the standard duration of your course. Once your RTP entitlement is consumed, you will be charged the fee rate for the current year, noting that fees are indexed annually. Further information on fees for higher degree by research students can be found here.

Course Duration

Standard: six semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum: eight semesters.




  • Past Offerings
    • 2012->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2013->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2014->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2015->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2016->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2017->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2018->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal
    • 2020->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

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