Professional Doctorate

A Professional Doctorate is a professional research qualification which has an equivalent status to a PhD. This degree is ideal for mid-career and senior managers who wish to integrate advanced research into their professional lives.

Duration: A Professional Doctorate is usually completed over three or four years, the minimum and maximum degree periods are as approved by Academic Senate.

Examination: Assessment involves coursework and a thesis of up to 80,000 words representing a significant contribution to your discipline of research.

Admission: In accordance with the Research Training Ordinance (PDF 335.8 KB), the Dean may admit to candidature for a Professional Doctorate 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 3.4.1 Standard Entry Pathways of the Interim HDR Admissions and Enrolment Procedure (PDF 322.9 KB), 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).

Please also refer to the University of Tasmania Course and Unit Handbook for the applicable course.