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PhD Plus

Industry connected research for modern careers

Distinctive Advantage

Our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Plus) is designed for you to pursue your passion in research and
boost your post-PhD career prospects.

PhD Plus students are given the tools to advance their career in academia or industry through a unique mix of:

  • industry placements
  • research projects
  • skills development
  • mentorship and
  • networking opportunities.

Whether you’re interested in communication and digital media, human-centred technologies, public policy, education,
health and wellbeing, sports and exercise science, or even the environment, conservation and sustainable communities,
at UC we have expert supervisors in a range of research areas.

You’ll be encouraged to think big, be entrepreneurial, find innovative solutions to real-world problems and make a positive change.
Our PhD Plus will make you stand out in a highly competitive job market and advance your career prospects.

Get ready to make a real impact through your research with UC’s PhD Plus!

Our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Plus) is designed for you to pursue your passion in research and boost your post-PhD career prospects.

PhD Plus students are given the tools to advance their career in academia or industry through a unique mix of:

  • industry placements
  • research projects
  • skills development
  • mentorship and
  • networking opportunities.

Whether you’re interested in communication and digital media, human-centred technologies, public policy, education, health and wellbeing, sports and exercise science, or even the environment, conservation and sustainable communities, at UC we have expert supervisors in a range of research areas.

You’ll be encouraged to think big, be entrepreneurial, find innovative solutions to real-world problems and make a positive change. Our PhD Plus will make you stand out in a highly competitive job market and advance your career prospects.

Get ready to make a real impact through your research with UC’s PhD Plus!

Why choose PhD Plus

Bespoke research

Design a degree that meets your individual interests while advancing your career prospects.

Expert academics

Join UC’s dynamic and collaborative research team, featuring world-renowned experts in their fields.

Plus elements

Add optional ‘Plus’ elements to your PhD like internships, exchanges, research pitches and mentoring.

A competitive edge

Stand out in a highly competitive job market with skills to help you succeed in academia or industry.

Research Reimagined

At the University of Canberra, we will support you to succeed in your research.

Hear from our students how the PhD Plus helped them engage with industry and pursue their passions while maintaining focus on the bigger picture.

Elements of the PhD Plus

Internship

Diversify your skillset, establish new networks, and gain valuable work experience outside of academia.

Participate in a paid or voluntary internship or placement in industry, government, non-government organisations, community or not-for-profit groups.

Mentoring and Industry Advisor

Be mentored by a UC alumni or a member of industry. Be empowered to develop as a researcher and increase your visibility as an emerging expert in your field. Benefit from shared experience, connect with industry professionals, and learn how your research can translate into business. Plus, gain specialist insight with an industry advisor on your supervisory panel.

Research pitch

Develop your researcher profile, while refining your ability to pitch your findings to a range of audiences. Use social media to promote your research and build your networks, while pitching to news and media outlets.

Participate in our Three-Minute Thesis research pitch or compete for research funding.

Fieldwork or lab exchange

Discover the collection of data outside of a laboratory with an international and national fieldwork or lab work exchange. Whether it be at another university, organisation or research institute, this allows you to gain firsthand experience in your research area.

Entrepreneurship

Produce impactful research with an entrepreneurship or commercialisation opportunity. Bring your ideas to life and opportunity to implement innovative strategies through UC’s student incubator, research consultancy, practicum and exhibition or creative work/publication.

Teaching opportunities

Expand your horizons as a doctoral candidate, putting your knowledge into practice in a new environment. Engage as a tutor or casual lecturer and support curriculum design, marking, and related activities. You’ll participate in course, school or faculty meetings and gain invaluable teaching experience.

Areas of Interest

Communication and, Arts and Design

We have research expertise in creative writing and cultural heritage, news and digital media, as well as the technology that supports digital communication in the information age. Our researchers are passionate about building a more inclusive social and media system and, applying creative methodologies to pressing social problems.

Education

Education and training helps shape the skills and knowledge of the economy as well as creating social cohesion in the face of change. Our researchers delve into contemporary challenges of professional practice in education from early childhood to tertiary education and workplace learning.

Environment

Make an impact with your research in environmental science, biodiversity, conservation, water, species management and ecosystems. Be part of our growing research in urban and regional planning, and architecture and how this can coexist with and preserve natural landscapes and produce sustainable communities to tackle the pressures of climate change and population growth.

Governance

Explore research in public policy, economic modelling, and security as we strive to improve governance across the public, private and community sectors. Learn to address challenges and unite expertise from applied economics, political sciences, law, and commerce.

Health

“Live well, age well, recover well”.
Our researchers strive to improve the health of our community with research focussing on the promotion of health and wellbeing, ageing well, and the prevention of chronic disease. From ‘Brighter Beginnings’ to PACES cancer survivorship, and research into the emerging challenges in health, mental health, cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as sports and exercise science. You can take an innovative interdisciplinary approach to solving problems in the community.

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Applications close

11:59PM AEST

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