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Doctor of Philosophy - MXP001

Course Code: MXP001
Course Version: 1
Location: UC - Canberra, Bruce
Faculty: Graduate Research Office
Discipline(s): Graduate Research Office
CRICOS Code: 102575A
English Language Requirements:

Academic IELTS of 6.5 or equivalent, with no band score below 6.0


The Doctor of Philosophy or PhD Plus is a 4-year full-time equivalent 96 credit points (CP) doctoral higher degree by research course available across a range of disciplines within our University faculties, centres and research institutes.

HDR candidates will be expected under academic supervision, to conduct 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 degree incorporates up to 12CP of coursework study to be completed in the first two semesters of the PhD for a full-time student, or over four semesters for a part-time student.

The proposed PhD Plus provides graduates with a distinctive and innovative advantage to enhance their capability in professional or community practice recognised as part of their degree by incorporating opportunities for industry engagement and placements for HDR candidates.


Current and Commencing Students
Prospective Students

Admission Requirements

As per the University of Canberra HDR Admission Policy.

Additional Admission Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Research Methods and Design exists as an exit award only, for those students admitted to the PhD.

If a candidate fails to meet academic requirements during candidature, they may be eligible for the Graduate Certificate as an exit award providing the requirements of the award have been met.

Where a candidate fails to meet the academic requirements of the Graduate Certificate, they will be discontinued from the PhD and offered the opportunity to reattempt failed units and, if successful, exit with a Graduate Certificate. The Graduate Certificate will not be awarded if the candidate successfully completes the PhD.

Assumed Knowledge

Sufficient knowledge relevant to the study area to enable identification of a need for research.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
2023 UC - Canberra, Bruce Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2
Research Semester 1
Research Semester 2

Course Requirements

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In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course


Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Doctor of Philosophy PhD

Alternate Exit Awards

Graduate Certificate in Research Methods and Design

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

The University offers a wide range of delivery options to help you balance study with other commitments. Units within this degree may be available to be studied in the following delivery modes:

    UC - Canberra, Bruce

      Flexible: The unit combines online study with optional on-campus, face to face activities.
      Intensive: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face in concentrated time blocks.
      On Campus: The unit is delivered on-campus and face to face, supplemented with online content. Most classes are run on weekdays and during business hours.
      Online: The unit is studied completely online. On-campus, face to face interaction is not required.
      Research: The unit is research focused. Attendance at regular classes in not required, however on-campus, face to face activity may be necessary.

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Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International

$23,000 (low cost) $29,500 (high cost)

$28,600 (low cost) $37,600 (high cost)

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course based on a full time load. Domestic students should note that you are provided for under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for your fees for the standard duration of your course. Once your RTP entitlement is consumed, you will be charged the fee rate for the current year, noting that fees are indexed annually. Further information on fees for higher degree by research students can be found here.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
1. Learning Outcomes for the Graduate Certificate in Research Methods and Design: _
1.1 Sophisticated understanding of research principles and values. _
1.2 Conceptual, cognitive and technical skills and knowledge relevant to research practice. _
1.3 Capacity to formulate a research problem, design a research project, and apply judgment in the field. _
1.4 Knowledge of principles of research integrity, data management, and the communication of knowledge to various audiences. _
2. Learning Outcomes for the Doctor of Philosophy (in addition to the above): _
2.1 To develop researchers who are able to conceive of, construct and conduct an independent research project in a particular area. _
2.2 The capacity to demonstrate high research integrity with cognitive, creative and technical skills, and develop theoretical and applied knowledge for their disciplinary field or profession. _
2.3 The capacity to manage a project in a professional manner, identify and address the ethical constraints, manage budgets, and collect and store data. _
2.4 The capacity to apply their knowledge and skills, and make a contribution communicating findings and concepts to both academic and general audiences. _

Course Duration

Standard 4 years full-time or equivalent. Maximum 10 years.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

Alternative exit award Graduate Certificate in Research Methods and Design: Students may exit early from the Doctor of Philosophy course if they have successfully completed 12 credit points of coursework units.


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