Doctor of Health Service Management (C9E)

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The Doctor of Health Service Management is a professional doctorate consisting of a rigorous program of advanced study and research, designed specifically to meet the needs of health industry and health professional groups. It is designed to enable participants to pursue higher degree research within the context of their role in the workplace and to receive academic support and recognition.

The course normally takes up to three years of full-time equivalent (EFT)* study and consists of coursework components and;

  • either a supervised research project and completion of a thesis, written in English,
  • or a portfolio of published papers and a substantial integrated overview of the research, written in English.

This award is independently assessed by a minimum of two examiners external to the University on the successful completion of the dissertation or portfolio of published papers and coursework components.

The campus of study will vary depending on the location of the candidate, the supervisor and the research field.

The research topic will reflect the interests of the candidate, their workplace and the expertise of their supervisors. To find an expert in your field of interest, see the Web Access Research Portal (WARP) site.

To apply, refer to Research Degrees | How to Apply.

* A full time workload refers to a loading of 1.0, or an equivalent part time loading of 0.5

The Doctor of Health will provide experienced health professionals with the opportunity to make a significant contribution to knowledge and practice in their professional context and may formalise workplace-based research and development. Its interdisciplinary nature and opportunity for inter-professional research provides a framework for the integration of professional expertise and scholarly enquiry.

The course aims to develop the managerial competencies of candidates by equipping them with the ability to evaluate different conceptual approaches to management issues in the context of their own experience and workplace.

Candidates will acquire advanced specialist research training and provide evidence for independent thought and critical analysis, effective communication and expert knowledge of the discipline within a broader framework of knowledge in the international context.

At the University of Tasmania candidates are encouraged to demonstrate academic leadership, increasing independence, creativity and innovation in their research and are supported in their acquisition of a wide range of advanced and transferable skills.

Graduates will fulfil the skill requirements in the Australian Qualification Framework for this degree and the University of Tasmania expects all graduates of a Doctor of Philosophy to meet its Generic Attributes.


Graduates of a Doctor of Philosophy will be able to:

  • make an original and substantial contribution to knowledge of a subject within or across academic disciplines or areas of professional practice;
  • demonstrate a systemic and critical understanding of a substantial and complex body of knowledge of a subject within or across academic disciplines or areas of professional practice; and
  • demonstrate a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.


Graduates of a Doctor of Philosophy will be independent researchers able to:

  • evaluate the appropriateness and usefulness of various perspectives, methods and processes in research projects;
  • independently and systematically develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge or professional practice;
  • expert technical and creative skills applicable to the field of work or learning; and
  • critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise new and complex ideas;
  • work collaboratively in a team, recognising the need for and value of complementary expertise/skill sets, and work productively with other people; and
  • communicate orally and in written form sufficient to publish and present their work,  and communicate ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Application of Knowledge

Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will have the knowledge and skills to be able to:

  • undertake research with autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility as an expert and leading practitioner or scholar.
  • understand and apply the social and ethical implications of research and appropriate professional behaviour consistent with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and other relevant guidelines.

Career outcomes

In Australia and around the world, Professional Doctorate graduates are highly regarded as potential employees.

The Professional Doctorate is a demonstration of a graduate's ability to conceptualise and implement an independent program of research, manage a project, organise resources, work and cooperate with colleagues and communicate effectively in writing at a high level.

As a result, Professional Doctorate graduates have the opportunity to pursue diverse career paths across a broad spectrum of professions in the public and private sector.

Course structure

Entry requirements


Admission to this course is available to students holding:

  • an Australian post-Bachelor Degree
    • Honours
    • Graduate Certificate,
    • Graduate Diploma,
    • Master
  • or equivalent in a management and/or health related discipline which, together with the Bachelor degree, includes at least the equivalent of four units of applied research project, methodology, and or analysis;
  • or Australian Doctoral Degree, or equivalent, in an unrelated discipline and a minimum of two years relevant work experience in the health sector.

International applicants must also meet the University's English language requirements for admission.

Please see the University of Tasmania's Admission Requirements for further information.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students will be provided with a Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset scholarship of AUD $22,000- $33,000. This scholarship is provided to individual students to offset their tuition fees.

These funds are provided by the Commonwealth Government as a contribution to the University towards the direct costs of a student’s research training (supervision, access to resources or facilities at the University, costs associated with fieldwork, training in techniques and necessary coursework undertaken outside the School/Institute).

International students

2021 Annual Tuition Fee (international students): $32,913 AUD.

* Please note that this is an indicative fee only.


Higher Degree by Research Candidates may apply for a variety of scholarships to assist with the cost of living, tuition fees and other research costs. For a full list of scholarships available to domestic and international candidates please visit Research degree scholarships and fees.

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