Doctorate in Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Here at VUT Research, we offer our postgraduate students the opportunity to complete their  Doctorate in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) within the Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences. A PhD is the highest qualification a student can achieve for this course and students who complete this course can be very proud of the achievement. The qualification is a good representation of a student’s hard work, dedication and passion for the particular industry. The course curriculum consists of a research project by thesis and when conducting the research for this we encourage our students to focus on sustainability and societal benefit. The duration of the course is a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years part-time study.

Doctorate in Information & Communication

Build Your Future In Information & Communication Technology

  • International Focus -VUT Research’s degrees and academic programmes are internationally recognised
  • Focus On Information & Communication Processes -discover the processes and means we use to communicate from one person/system to another
  • Facilities -At VUT Research we have world-class research facilities and resource access.

Course Requirements

A relevant NQF or Masters qualification with a minimum of 180 credits or equivalent with research methodology and evidence of research completed with an average of 60% received (Ad hoc cases will be treated on merit).

A Doctorate in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is the highest possible level of qualification in the Information and Communication Technology field and is a powerful acknowledgement of the student’s hard work, discipline, and knowledge of the subject. Achieving this degree is a great achievement and sets the student in good stead in their future endeavours.

  • The proposed topic must be appropriate for higher degree research and it must be consistent with the academic aims and objectives of the student.

  • The student must have access to the necessary resources, facilities and the necessary budget in order to complete the degree within the timeframe.

  • There must be a qualified staff member holding confirmed, continuous or fixed-term appointments of sufficient length for the purposes of supervision of the proposed research and student.

  • The proposed program of work must be able to be completed within the maximum period of submission for the degree.

  • A suitable level of contact with the university supervisors must be maintained.

  • Where the applicant is currently employed, capacity to meet the timelines and other requirements must be considered.

  • The proposed research cannot reproduce research that has previously been submitted for the award of a degree or diploma.

  • Where the intellectual property rights of the applicant may be a consideration, a suitable agreement protecting the rights of the student needs to be signed. If the student is unwilling to sign an agreement, the research proposal may not be approved and the student may be required to choose another topic in an area that is not commercially sensitive.

  • The applicant should have no outstanding financial obligation with the University and in the case of international applicants, they should be able to verify the necessary financial capacity to undertake the program.

  • The applicant must possess sufficient English language proficiency.

Career Opportunities

Students who have completed a PhD in Information and Communication can look forward to a number of exciting and challenging careers within the IT industry. This industry is constantly growing and we can see computerization within all facets of modern life today. Once the students are equipped with their PhD and experience within their desired industry there are more high level job opportunities that open up to them, such as senior Programmer or System Analyst, Network administrator or Database Administrator. Tasks included in these careers include development of prototypes and systems and the support of existing systems.

Masters in Information and Communication Technology, Doctorate in Information And Communication Technology