Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

A PhD is an advanced academic qualification and is often considered a requirement for the majority of academic and research positions in a wide range of fields and industries. The aim of the PhD is to foster the development of independent research skills. These skills include the capacity to formulate a significant problem, to develop mastery of appropriate conceptual and methodological skills to pursue investigation, and to relate the research to a broader framework of knowledge in a relevant disciplinary area.

Duration: PhD candidature runs for a minimum duration of two years and a maximum of four years full-time (or part-time equivalent).

Examination: Candidates enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research must submit a thesis for examination in fulfilment of the award for which they are enrolled. Students are required to produce a thesis of no more than 100,000 words (Exegesis = 20,000-50,000), with the research representing a significant new contribution to the discipline.

Admission: In accordance with the Research Training Ordinance (PDF 335.8 KB), the Dean may admit to candidature for a Doctor of Philosophy a person who has been awarded a degree from a Recognised Tertiary Institution as being in the appropriate discipline and equivalent to:

  • A Bachelor Honours degree of at least second class upper standard with a Minimum Research Component
  • A Masters of Research Degree with a Minimum Research Component
  • A Masters Degree (Coursework) or Graduate Diploma with a Minimum Research Component

As per Schedule A: Minimum course entry requirements of the HDR Admissions Selection and Enrolment Procedure, qualifying degrees must have been awarded within a 10-year period prior to the date of application for admission to Higher Degree by Research candidature.

Where a coursework masters' degree or graduate diploma is considered as the basis for admission, the research project or thesis must be between 10,000 to 20,000 words and equate to a minimum 25 per cent research component of the entire degree.

Where any of the above standard admission requirements are not met, an application will be considered as part of an application via the alternative entry pathway process (see Pathways to a Research Degree below).