PhD and Masters Thesis Information

This page provides information about PhD and Masters theses in Engineering and Computer Science.

School PhD Program

  • The School has a strong PhD program in a variety of internationally recognised strengths in both applied and theoretical research in Engineering and Computer Science. These areas include:
    • Artificial Intelligence and Intelligent System Engineering, such as Machine Learning, Evolutionary Computation, Particle Swarm Optimisation, Genetic Programming, Learning Classifier Systems, Intelligent Agents, Recommender Systems and Web Intelligence
    • Computer System Engineering, such as Mechatronics, Embedded Controllers, and Autonomous Mobile Robots
    • Database Systems and Data Engineering, including Conceptual Modelling, Data Warehousing, Data Mining
    • Distributed Systems and Network Engineering, such as Distributed and Grid Computing, Network Protocols, Network/Internet Design, Network Building and Management, and Security
    • Electronic Engineering, such as Communications, Signal Processing, Wireless Communications, Sensor Systems, Dynamic Systems and Control
    • Modelling, such as Model-Driven Development, Metamodelling, Multi-Level Modelling
    • Programming Languages, such as Compilers, Formal Software Development, Object-Oriented Software Design, Programming Languages, Program Analysis, Ownership and Immutability, Agile Development
    • Human-Computer Interaction, such as Mobile User Interfaces, Software Visualisation
    • Logic and Computation
    • Computer Graphics and Computer Vision

  • Depending on the research areas, a PhD student can choose to take one of the following course codes in the School for enrolment: COMP690, ELCO690, and ENGR690 (and also ECEN690, NWEN690, SWEN690 with approval.) (ELEN690, CSEN690 and ECSE 690 have been stopped)

School Masters by Thesis Programs

  • COMP591: Masters of Science (MSc, Part 2) in Computer Science. Research areas include all areas of Computer Science such as Artificial Intelligence, Databases, Distributed Systems, Formal methods, Human-Computer Interaction, Internet and Network systems, and Software Engineering.

  • COMP595: Masters of Science (MSc, Part 2) in Computer Graphics. Research areas include Computer Graphics and Computer Vision including applications to movies, games, and medical visualisation.

  • ELCO591: Masters of Science (MSc, Part 2) in Electronic and Computer Systems. This is the science version for areas in electronic and computer system engineering.

  • ENGR591/ENGR592: Master of Engineering (thesis), Research areas includes electronic and computer system engineering, network engineering, software engineering, and interdisciplinary areas such as intelligent systems and applications in any of the three areas.

University Help, Guidance and Expectations for Staff and Students

Higher study is a most amazing, and occasionally daunting, undertaking. An excellent overview of what can be expected for both students and their supervisors is provided by the University in the following webpage 'expectations of supervisors/students'. Students and Supervisors, please encourage each other to read this advice.

School Policies and Guidelines

The following policies and guidelines are mainly designed for academic staff members particularly those who currently have thesis students or who intend to get students. However, the thesis students can also read them particularly the examination policies, and PhD full registration policy, and the policies/guidelines on enrolment, six-monthly reports, and research grants.

Most importantly see here first:

Please note that PhD students are expected to submit 6 monthly reports using VUW electronic system and Masters students are expected to submit a 3 month and 8 month progress report. Masters proposal is expected within 1 month of enrolment and PhD proposal is expected within 9 to 12 months of enrolment.

Web Submissions

All the PhD students in the School are required to submit their full proposals and their theses to the School via the following web submission system:

All the Masters by Thesis students (COMP591, ELCO591, CGRA591, ENGR591 and ENGR592) in the School are required to submit their proposal and theses to the School via the following web submission system:

Postgraduate Scholarships