IDTC program outline


Students of the IDTC receive training in advanced technical areas and professional skills for executive careers. Delivery is through a mixture of coursework, conference attendance, cohort events, workshops, all designed to create industry-ready graduates. The basic elements of this coursework are:

Induction Course

The induction course has two components aimed at facilitating the student’s research capability:

Professional skills and advanced technical skills courses

At the start of the program, a tailored personal training program is designed for the student to develop and strengthen their professional and advanced technical skills over the program. Typically students take four professional skills courses and six advanced technical skills, but this can be varied slightly to suit the student’s background and needs. For some courses, students may participate in specialised workshops and attend group training events.

Supervision and Assessment

Student progress is monitored by the supervisory team which includes:

At the end of their candidature, students submit a research thesis which must satisfy the requirements for the award of a degree of Doctor of Philosophy from the ATN university at which they are enrolled. In the event that a student does not meet the requirements of a PhD, and subject to meeting other requirements set by the enrolling university, the student may graduate with another qualification (for example a Masters by Research). Alternatively, depending on the size and complexity of the research problem, a student may enrol directly into a Masters by Research degree (instead of a PhD).


If you are a full-time student studying a PhD at one of the five ATN universities, and interested in solving real industry challenges, you are invited to apply for the 2017+ IDTC program. 

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