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Course Duration: Minimum
4 yrs, Maximum
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A Doctor of Philosophy enables a candidate to use expertise at the frontier of a field of research and make a significant original contribution to knowledge through their research. The research takes place over 3-4 years of study or equivalent part-time and normally results in a thesis or equivalent of traditionally circa 80-100,000 words (depending on the discipline), written in English. In fine arts or music, the research normally results in an exhibition or performance and an exegesis, or a thesis. Doctorates in the Faculty of Arts are available in all Schools in the Faculty, across wide ranging discipline areas:
Asian languages and studies
The research topic will reflect the candidates' own interests and the research expertise of their supervisors. Further information on the research areas of supervisors in these disciplines is available from the Web Access Research Portal (WARP) site.
Currently there are no fees for domestic candidates as they are provided with a Commonwealth Research Training Scheme place. Fees for international candidates are here.
Admission & Prerequisites
Applicants should apply after finding a potential supervisor and discussing and agreeing on their proposed topic. Applicants will be considered who have:
a bachelor's degree with first class honours or second class honours, upper division; or
a masters degree with a minimum research component (ie a thesis); or
partial completion of a masters by research (up to 75%); or
substantial demonstrated sector experience, previous higher education studies and professional experience and/or published research work.
In addition to the above, for candidates applying for music performance, an unedited DVD of solo performance and current repertoire list must accompany the application, and for composition applicants a folio of recent compositions and accompanying recordings must be submitted for consideration.
A Doctor of Philosophy produces individuals who can apply a substantial body of knowledge to research, investigate and develop new knowledge, in one or more fields of investigation, scholarship or professional practice.
In Australia and around the world, Doctor of Philosophy graduates are highly regarded as potential employees. The skills and attributes gained in the degree can be the entry to a post doctoral career at a university, and graduates are also highly sought after for positions across the spectrum of available careers. Arts doctoral graduates take up roles in areas such as academia, education, management, administration, journalism, music, public policy, human resources, and marketing.