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.
Refer to Research Degrees | How to Apply for application information.
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, scholarly expertise or professional practice.
The Degree provides candidates with skills that include the capacity to formulate a significant problem and to develop mastery of appropriate conceptual and methodological practices.
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.
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
Candidates are concurrently enrolled in a Graduate Diploma of Marine and Antarctic Science designed to expand the knowledge base of students, enhance their research experience and 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.
All candidates must take the two compulsory units from the Graduate Certificate in Research (XGR501 and XGR502) as part of the Graduate Diploma in Marine and Antarctic Science in addition to the 6 QMS subjects. The QMS units comprise two compulsory core units and four elective units. Most units are taught intensively over 5 days and include lectures, laboratory classes and assignments.
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 requirementsfor 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).
A variety of scholarships are available to which Higher Research Candidates may apply:
- Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA)
- Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarships (TGRS)
- Fees scholarships
- School Funded scholarships
For information about additional costs associated with undertaking a PhD at the University of Tasmania visit Research Degrees | Costs.
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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