Master of Philosophy (IT)

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Course Overview
Masters (Research)
Tuition Fees
RM 42,333/ year (for Malaysian students)
Jalan Lagoon Selatan, Bandar Sunway, 47500 Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Full Time: 2 years; Part Time: 4 years
Prior Study
Bachelor degree
Study Field

Course outline

Our research projects are themed around the visionary idea of a futuristic Smart Hospital with each project contributing to a key aspect of its development.  Smart Hospitals of the future will provide a range of intelligent services for inpatient and outpatient care, enable smart efficient training and education of doctors, nurses and general staff.  Smart hospitals will embody the Internet of Things and be fully connected to other smart hospitals, patients and stakeholders in real time.

Smart devices will seamlessly monitor patient health, offering early warning and treatment of disease and ill health.  Smart hospitals of the future will optimise work flows and communication to reduce human error rates to zero.  Future Smart Hospitals will enable state-of-the-art healthcare to be cost effectively deployed anywhere in the world.

Enrolment in a master's by research degree involves the independent investigation of a research problem that has been formulated by you as the student. It is expected that the research you undertake will make a contribution to the discipline in which you are enrolled by applying, critiquing, analysing or interpreting that knowledge in ways that facilitate pathways for further learning. You will be supported in your research by a supervisory team.

Areas of research

Innovating Tec hnology to Benefit Society

  • The world  we live in today has been transformed by the rapid adoption of technology, it has impacted every aspect of our lives, from our homes, to our schools, industry, key infrastructure and social spaces, enhancing how we live, learn, work and play. 
  • We are committed to innovating theoretical and applied research to meet the technology challenges of the 21st Century.  The school's research themes are aligned to the following areas.

Intelligent Systems

  • Carries out research into machine learning, image processing, natural language processing with applications in intelligent healthcare, assistive technology and cognitive robotics.

Wireless and Mobile Computing

  • Driven by the internet of things including mobile applications, device connectivity, information sharing, network security and context aware systems.

Data Science

  • Data is everywhere and the amount we produce and consume grows day, by day, here we work on making sense of these big datasets, involving data analytics, mining and visualisation across a range of domains.

Software Engineering

  • Systems are driven by complex frameworks of software, robust methods for software engineering including agile and formal methods, cloud correctness and test automation are essential for reliable and an intelligently maintained infrastructure.

Education Technology

  • Developing frameworks for better teachings and better learning outcomes through the seamless integration and adoption of technology, including blended learning and interactive tools.

Career opportunities

  • This degree has been designed to allow you to pursue your own career ambitions. Monash's international reputation offers graduates career and research opportunities in Malaysia and around the world.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes.

Successful completion of the program will signify that the student has successfully completed a course of research training and has satisfied the examiners that they can carry out a research project and critically analyse the results.

It is expected that graduates will be able to demonstrate the following abilities:

  • Critically review the current research in the literature
  • Formulate a research problem of high impact and significance
  • Apply the appropriate research methodology
  • Analyse the research data
  • Articulate the research outcome to a variety of audience

Conditions of enrolment

You will be required to complete:

  • Monash Graduate Research Induction (online)
  • Research Integrity (online)
  • Any faculty or program induction requirements

As a student of the university, you will be required to abide by all relevant statutes, regulations, policies and procedures. This includes maintaining satisfactory progress via regular milestone reviews in accordance with the Graduate Research Progress Management policy and procedures, ensuring you are undertaking research of an appropriate quality and scale as required by your course. You should refer to the University's current statutes and the University Policy Bank for links to relevant policies, procedures and guidelines.


This course consists of:

  • A research and thesis component
  • A coursework and training component.


Students must, in consultation with and under the direct supervision of a member/s of the academic staff:

1. Carry out a program of research on an agreed topic approved by the relevant school in your chosen discipline for a specified period, including attending and/or presenting at seminars and other related activities as indicated by the relevant school

2. Submit for assessment a thesis of not more than 35,000 words on the program of research which meets the requirements of the examiners. Submission of a thesis including published works may be permitted.

3. Satisfactorily complete a program of coursework study and training as outlined in:

  • Information technology PhD program

Intake periods

You can apply for the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) throughout the year, subject to availability of supervision.

Entry requirements

To enter Monash University, students must satisfy particular academic, English language and age requirements.

To apply for the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) program in the School of Information Technology, you must have:

  • Completed a bachelor’s degree with honours 1 (first-class honours) or honours 2A (upper second-class honours)
  • Qualifications that the Monash University Institute of Graduate Researchconsiders equivalent or a satisfactory substitute

English language requirements

Sound English language skills are required for all academic programs at Monash. You can demonstrate your English language proficiency through one of the following:

  • Studying English at Year 12 or equivalent
  • Studying at an institution where English is the language of instruction
  • English Proficiency Tests
  • Monash English Bridging

If you have achieved more than one of the English language requirements over a period of time, only the most recent demonstration of English proficiency will be considered.

Special requirements

You must meet specific English language requirements when applying for our master’s and doctoral research degrees.

Submission of evidence

You must submit full documentary evidence in support of English proficiency with your application for candidature. If your first language is not English, or where degree qualifications were not undertaken in the English language, Monash reserves the right to seek further documentary evidence of English proficiency.

Open Day

  • 23rd March 2019
  • 29th June 2019
  • 17th August 2019
  • 14th December 2019

Additional notes

  1. Fees are subjected to change, for international student may have to refer to latest exchange rates.
  2. Additional cost my incurred depending on situation (Accommodation, laboratories equipment/materials, etc.)
  3. Encourage to study and research laws in Malaysia, as Malaysia is a majority muslim country. It is advisable for international students to understand the country's strict rules and culture. 
  4. English is used as a teaching medium and a widely spoken language in Malaysia, if the requirements are not stated in the university webpage, advisable to contact the university's authority for further information about English requirements or English Entry Requirements.
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General enquiries

  • Tel: +60 3 5514 6000
  • Fax: +60 3 5514 6001

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