For a full list and details of our research courses, please visit our Postgraduate Degrees by Research page.
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a higher degree by research course in which a student, under academic supervision, conducts independent and specialised research, disseminating the results of this research in either a written dissertation, portfolio of published works or creative work with an exegesis.
The maximum duration of the PhD course is 4 years full-time equivalent enrolment. Students have a target date for thesis submission of 3 years (36 months).
The course incorporates an initial six-month 12 credit point coursework component. This coursework element is designed to provide a practical, solid grounding for new students as to the requirements of completing a PhD and ensure that they have all the requisite skills to undertake the realisation of their research proposal. Students will take out a Graduate Certificate in Research Methods and Design (AQF Level 8 qualification) upon completion to a pass level of all coursework units in the 1st semester of the PhD.
Following successful completion of this coursework, a student then progresses into the research only phase of the course. Please see the coursework component overview for both a description of the coursework phase of the PhD as well as level of achievement requirements for progression from the coursework into the thesis component of the course.
Two entry pathways into the PhD – standard and accelerated entry.
Students entering the course on accelerated entry are granted advanced standing for the coursework component of the PhD and commence directly into the thesis component.
Entry requirements for standard entry are:
- Evidence of advanced knowledge in an area relevant to the PhD topic;
- A minimum of four years study at Australian degree level in a relevant area;
- Evidence of the capability to undertake complex thinking and problem solving; and
- Evidence of significant aptitude for research.
Entry requirements for accelerated entry are:
- Have a degree of bachelor with 1st or upper 2nd class honours awarded by an Australian university or other recognised higher education institution and provide evidence of research training and aptitude for research; or
- Hold an award or have completed work that has first or upper second class honour equivalence in accordance the HDR Admissions Policy and provide evidence of significant research ability and professional performance.
For further admission requirements for entry into the PhD course - including the University standards on honours equivalence - please see the Gold Book Part 5: Schedule 5.1 (please see the Goldbook webpage here).
2013 PhD Commencement Dates
- Research Semester One - 29th January 2013
- Research Semester Two - 5th August 2013
2014 PhD Commencement Dates*
- Research Semester One - 10th February 2014
- Research Semester Two - 4th August 2014
2015 PhD Commencement Dates*
- Research Semester One - 9th February 2015
- Research Semester Two - 3rd August 2015
*This information is correct as of March 2013.
- These courses combine research, coursework and in some cases professional work/industry experience.
- While they are research-based, professional doctorates focus on the improvement of professional practice.
- Professional doctorates are available in the areas of business administration, public administration, information sciences and legal science.
For entry into the Professional Doctorate course applicants are required to have a masters degree or bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours; or equivalent.
For further admission requirements for entry into the Professional Doctorate course please see the Gold Book Part 5: Schedule 5.2 (please see the Goldbook webpage here)
What is the difference between a Professional Doctorate and a Doctor of Philosophy? Please refer to some examples below:
Professional Doctorates in the Faculty of Business, Government and Law: Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)
Professional Doctorates in the Faculty of Business, Government and Law: Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)
How to Apply
- Most faculties offer master-by-research programs. These courses have the same underlying principles of a PhD program, however the length of the thesis submitted for examination will be less than for a PhD.
- The masters by research can be completed as a stand-alone program or be used as a pathway to a PhD program.
For entry into the Masters Degree Course applicants are required to have a bachelor degree with first or upper second class honours; or a three year bachelor degree with above average performance; or a four year bachelor degree in the appropriate field of study; or a bachelor degree with H2B or H3 in the appropriate field of study.
For admission requirements for entry into the Masters course please see the Gold Book Part 5: Schedule 5.3 (please see the Goldbook webpage here)