DR201 - PhD (Business Information Systems)

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Plan: DR201 - Doctor of Philosophy
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Entrance requirements

Program details

Award title: Doctor of Philosophy
Award abbreviation: PhD
Career: RSCH
Duration: 3-4 years full-time, 6-8 years part-time
Location: RMIT City Campus
Owning school: Accounting, Information Systems and Supply Chain (665H)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/about/schools-colleges/accounting-information-systems-and-supply-chain
ASCED code: 020100
CRICOS code: 079798D

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Purpose of the Program

The Doctor of Philosophy in Business Information Systems develops advanced research skills that will prepare you for a career in academia and other settings in which systematic and critical analytical skills are required.

Individually supervised research programs are available in the following areas of research focus:

  • digital economy, 
  • e-health,
  • green IT, 
  • human-computer interaction , 
  • IT policy, 
  • knowledge management, 
  • mobile technologies, 
  • systems evaluation & modelling. 

Upon graduation with a Doctor of Philosophy from RMIT University you will have developed:

  • high level skills in research processes, including the ability to independently design a research project, conduct experiments and analyse data from a research project
  • advanced skills in the analysis and synthesis of knowledge related to specific disciplines, and
  • high level communication skills.

You will be able to pursue an academic career in a university or be employed in senior leadership and management positions in government, non-government organisations and corporations.

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Entrance requirements

Transition rules for existing HDR students:

Semester 1, 2022 is the final intake for the current PhD program structure. Current students who have already completed or will have completed the coursework requirements of the program by the end of Semester 1 2022, are unaffected by the changes commencing semester 2, 2022.

If you have not completed all the coursework courses by Semester 2, 2022, the following rules apply:

  • If you have completed ISYS3347 Introduction to Research Methods, you are not required to complete OMGT2368 Higher Degree Research Practice
  • If you have completed HUSO2362 Qualitative Research Techniques and/or MATH2256 Quantitative Methods, you are not required to complete OMGT2365 Research Philosophy and Design or OMGT2374 Research Methods and Impact.
  • If you have not completed HUSO2362 Qualitative Research Techniques and/or MATH2256 Quantitative Methods, you must consult with your supervisory team to determine if you need to complete OMGT2365 Research Philosophy and Design and/or OMGT2374 Research Methods and Impact.
  • You have the option of completing OMGT2362 Advanced Seminars in Global Business and Law Research and/or OMGT2371 Applied Research Analytics

Entrance Requirements for PhD candidates

The minimum requirements for admission to a PhD program are:

- a bachelor degree requiring at least four years of full-time study in a relevant discipline awarded with honours. The degree should include a research component comprised of a thesis, other research projects or research methodology courses that constitute at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent). The applicant must have achieved at least a distinction average in the final year; or

- a master degree that includes a research component comprised of at least 25% of a full-time academic year (or part-time equivalent) with an overall distinction average or a master degree without a research component with at least a high distinction average; or

- evidence of appropriate academic qualifications and/or experience that satisfies the Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training and Development or nominee that the applicant has developed knowledge of the field of study or cognate field and the potential for research sufficient to undertake the proposed program.

At RMIT a grade of distinction represents academic achievement of 70% or higher and a high distinction is 80% or higher.

If you are a current master by research candidate, you are able to apply for a transfer to a doctor of philosophy program through the process prescribed in the RMIT Higher Degree by Research policy and processes.

For information on international qualifications and corresponding entry requirements that are equivalent to Australian academic entry requirements, see the Country equivalents webpage.

English Language Requirements

A minimum IELTS (academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents webpage.

Further information and application process

For further information on the steps you need to take to apply for a research program see the How to apply – Research programs webpage.

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