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Doctor of Philosophy, School of Cybernetics

A single four year research award offered by the School of Cybernetics

  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
  • Academic plan 9073XPHD
  • CRICOS code 113800F
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Other Information Technology
  • STEM Program
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
  • Academic plan 9073XPHD
  • CRICOS code 113800F
  • Mode of delivery
    • Multi-Modal
  • Field of Education
    • Other Information Technology
  • STEM Program

Program Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy requires the submission and successful examination of a thesis of up to 100,000 words on an approved topic. If approved the thesis may take an alternative form, such as a performance, experimental prototype and/or corpus of creative work.

Completion of a standard program for a Doctor of Philosophy requires a minimum of 96 units and a maximum of 192 units of enrolment in the research component

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry.

Admission to a Doctor of Philosophy is also subject to supervisory capacity, availability of appropriate infrastructure and resources, and approval from the relevant Delegated Authority within the Academic College.

Applicants must:

• Have completed the ANU Master of Applied Cybernetics with a minimum GPA of 6.0.

• Have the written approval of an identified supervisor for the research project/thesis.

• Exemptions for students who have a Bachelor's degree and professional qualifications, work experience and/or published research that may be deemed equivalent to the ANU Master of Applied Cybernetics with a minimum GPA of 6.0 will only be considered on the advice of the Director of the School of Cybernetics, should it align closely to ANU and School of Cybernetics strategic priorities.

3. Provide:

• A research proposal outlining your intended research, (applicants should seek guidance from the program convener regarding length and content);

• Original evidence of all relevant academic qualifications including transcripts and graduation documentation (with English translation as appropriate);

• An up-to-date CV including academic qualifications, work experience and research publications and/or creative works;

• At least two academic referee reports.

4. All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Annual indicative fee for international students

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Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The School of Cybernetics PhD program continues the innovation of the ANU Master of Applied Cybernetics in pioneering a new approach to engineering and technology design, development, adoption and regulation that combines technological, human and ecological systems for a better world, as well as being a standard-bearer for equity and inclusion. The program is cohort-based, and team taught and supported. A PhD in the School of Cybernetics provides an opportunity for students to develop cybernetic research and practice through an engaged and innovative approach. Entry to the PhD program is only via the ANU Master of Applied Cybernetics. Please see

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2023

Learning Outcomes

  1. generate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution to key concepts, theory and praxis in cybernetics in Australia and globally
  2. critically analyse, synthesise and evaluate complex information in a specific area of the discipline relevant to their research
  3. formulate a research plan and undertake independent research to address specific research questions and/or objectives that make a substantial contribution to knowledge
  4. ensure that research is carried out with integrity and actively promote responsible conduct of research
  5. develop, adapt and implement research methodologies relevant to their research questions and/or objectives to extend and redefine existing knowledge or professional practice
  6. demonstrate expert technical and/or specialist skills relevant to their research focus
  7. communicate effectively and promote new insights to peers and the community in written, oral and other forms appropriate to the research and audiences
  8. demonstrate appropriate collegial and professional behaviour, and safe working practices as required by their specific research focus
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