IT and Computer Science

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Today's changing world needs engineering and technology leaders who identify opportunities and create solutions. It needs trusted leaders who work across sectors and industries to deliver security and sustainability. Learn how we support graduate researchers to become leaders.

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology (FEIT) has a long history of tackling big challenges to benefit society. This has been our mission for more than 160 years. Confronted with new global challenges, complex issues such as climate change and digital disruption need our attention. They need a contemporary approach to IT solutions. In the face of these challenges, we’re using research to create more impact than ever before.

As a graduate researcher, you’ll find a wide range of research topics available. We employ more than 450 academic staff, all experts in their field. This means you’ll find deep knowledge in your chosen area – mentors who think creatively about complex issues, and  who will help you achieve your research goals.

When completing your graduate research degree, you’ll access outstanding research training opportunities. You can join multidisciplinary initiatives, mentoring programs, networking events and fellowships. You can also work with industry partners to help solve their business needs. You’ll create real-world impact, while expanding your networks and your career prospects.

Diversity is important to us. We promote an inclusive culture, with strong female representation and an increasing number of Indigenous students and staff. More than half of the Faculty's students come from overseas.

Together, we’re driven by a passion to keep finding solutions to the biggest challenges of our time.

Learn how we’re making a difference

Understanding the flaws and ethics of AI  - The Biometric Mirror raises awareness about the social implications of unrestricted AI. It takes your photo, then analyses it to identify your demographic and personality characteristics.

Using your smart phone as your therapist – Technology is changing how we interact. It is now being used to offer digital mental healthcare.

Real-time traffic prediction – Sophisticated AI can predict traffic congestion up to three hours in advance, to help commuters and freight companies plan their journeys and support traffic signal optimisation.

Designing ‘sight’ for computers – Computer vision research is developing algorithms to enable efficient recognition of objects and surroundings, for use in applications like autonomous vehicles.

Explore our research themes

As a graduate researcher in FEIT, you can pursue exciting opportunities in a range of projects. Our priority research disciplines are:

AI, data science and robotics – Artificial intelligence, big data and robotics are disrupting the world. No one will remain untouched. FEIT is collaborating across the University to pursue multidisciplinary research opportunities, including with the Melbourne Centre for Data Science in the Faculty of Science.

Smart and sustainable development – At a global level, we need more efficient and sustainable use of resources. FEIT research focuses on energy, water distribution, food production and smart infrastructure.

Health technologies – Expertly designed technologies can have significant impact on global health and wellbeing. FEIT is working with health professionals and patients to deliver healthier communities.

Defence technologies - Our increasingly complex world requires excellent security and cybersecurity technologies. FEIT is a national leader in defence research.

We also offer research innovation programs by sector. Work on real-life business challenges with our industry partners in these areas:

Depending on your research theme, you’ll be aligned with one of three schools within FEIT:

FEIT is also home to more than 20 major research centres and institutes. These organisations represent joint ventures between universities, industry and government bodies in Australia. Each centre offers its own research opportunities.

Partner with an overseas institution

Current funded Joint PhD opportunities

When you undertake a Joint PhD, you are supervised by academics from two institutions. As well as the University of Melbourne, you can partner with an international institution. This means your research will benefit from a truly global perspective. And you will enhance your prospects for an international research career.

We are currently offering the following fully funded Joint PhD opportunities within the theme of IT and Computer Science:

Work with experts from other disciplines

We work across disciplines to address big, bold questions. Collaborating with researchers from other disciplines leads to creativity and innovation. Depending on the topic, you might work with experts in design, economics or health.

Current interdisciplinary projects include:

PhD Programs enrich your core PhD studies. They create the opportunity to extend your networks beyond your own faculty. You will attend seminars and workshops with researchers from other relevant disciplines. As an IT and computer science PhD candidate, you could explore the Biomedical Engineering Innovation PhD program.

Join a stimulating research community

Melbourne Connect

Melbourne Connect is a purpose-built innovation precinct at our Parkville campus. It encourages collaboration between the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. And it redefines how businesses, researchers, governments and entrepreneurs work together to drive digital solutions.

Melbourne Connect houses the new Science Gallery Melbourne. This gallery is a living laboratory that shows how art and science collide. Interactive exhibits explain research to the public. The new gallery is the Australian branch of the acclaimed Science Gallery International network.

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