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A research degree is an advanced study program that gives you an opportunity to deeply explore a topic of your choice and the expertise of their supervisors. To find an expert in your field of interest, see the Web Access Research Portal (WARP) site.
Research degree candidates are driven by naturally inquiring minds, and have a passion to solve problems and advance humanity. A research degree allows you to conduct your own, unique research, and produce new knowledge and expertise that is innovative, relevant, and enlightened.
Research degrees equip graduates with the transferable skills and attributes necessary for challenging and diverse roles in industry, government and business, as well as in research and academic organisations.
At the University of Tasmania, a research degree is a true mark of endeavour, providing you with the training and skills necessary for a career in academia and beyond.
To apply, see the Graduate Research website for application information.
In Australia and around the world, Doctor of Philosophy graduates are highly regarded as potential employees.
The Doctor of Philosophy is a demonstration of a candidate'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, PhD graduates have the opportunity to pursue diverse career paths, including professions in research and academia, as well as a broad spectrum of professions in the public and private sector.
A Doctor of Philosophy is a course of supervised research and professional development conducted over 3-4 years (full-time) or 6-8 years (part-time), culminating in the examination of a thesis or creative equivalent, by at least two external examiners.
PhD Candidature is structured around a series of milestones:
- Draft Research Plan submitted at 3 months equivalent full time enrolment
- Confirmation of Candidature by 12 months equivalent full time enrolment
- Annual Reviews of Progress at 24 and 36 months equivalent full time enrolment
- Thesis or creative equivalent submission for examination no later than 48 months equivalent full time enrolment
PhD candidates are concurrently enrolled in a Graduate Certificate in Research designed to provide you with a range of training activities and career development opportunities that assist in developing high-level research, communication and management skills. The skills obtained will give you an edge with future employment opportunities.
The University also offers candidate opportunities to engage in research seminars, present at conferences and participate in skill development workshops.
The campus of study will vary depending on the location of the candidate, the supervisor and the research field.
Applicants should apply after finding a potential supervisor and discussing and agreeing on their proposed topic. An applicant may propose their own research project or apply for one of our available PhD projects.
Applicants will be considered who have:
- A Bachelor's degree with upper second class Honours or better from a recognised tertiary institution.
- A research Masters degree with at least two-thirds of the degree comprising a thesis; or
- A coursework Masters degree or graduate diploma which includes a research project or thesis of 10,000 to 20,000 words (must equate to a minimum 25% research component of the entire degree); or
- A qualification at a level from another tertiary institution considered equivalent by the Dean.
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 enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.
Detailed tuition fee information for domestic students is available at the Domestic Student Fees website, including additional information in relation to a compulsory Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).
For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.
For information about additional costs associated with undertaking a PhD at the University of Tasmania visit the Research Degrees Website
All candidates must pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF), which we use to improve student services. This cost is included in international tuition fees, however domestic candidates are charged separately.
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