Doctor of Philosophy

Available to:
Domestic and International students.
Location:
  • Ballarat
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
  • Strathfield
Duration:

Duration:
Three years full-time, with the possibility of a six to 12 month extension, or
Six years part-time, with the possibility of a 12 to 24 month extension.

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The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded for high-level research and, as such, it is expected that candidates will make a contribution to knowledge in their chosen field. A PhD may be undertaken by three different means:

  1. Traditional PhD:
    A PhD candidate’s work is assessed on the basis of a c. 100,000 word thesis.
  2. PhD by Publication:
    A PhD candidate’s work is assessed on the basis of the submission of a thesis (c. 50,000 words) containing a number of papers written up as journal articles.
  3. PhD by Creative Project:
    A PhD candidate’s work is assessed on the basis of a thesis and a project, including but not limited to: a durable record of performance, exhibition of visual arts, writing, design, film, multimedia, CD, DVD, software program or other creative works.

Further detailed information regarding requirements for the submission of a PhD may be located in the Guidelines on the Preparation and Presentation of a Research or Professional Doctoral Thesis for Examination.

Duration:
Three years full-time, with the possibility of a six to 12 month extension, or
Six years part-time, with the possibility of a 12 to 24 month extension.

Deferment

No deferment available.

Credit Points

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings
Ballarat
  • 05-Oct-2015, 04-Jan-2016 , 28-Mar-2016 , 27-Jun-2016 , 26-Sep-2016 , 02-Jan-2017 , 27-Mar-2017 , 26-Jun-2017 , 25-Sep-2017 , 01-Jan-2018 , 26-Mar-2018 , 25-Jun-2018 , 24-Sep-2018
Brisbane
  • 05-Oct-2015, 04-Jan-2016, 28-Mar-2016, 27-Jun-2016, 26-Sep-2016, 02-Jan-2017, 27-Mar-2017, 26-Jun-2017, 25-Sep-2017, 01-Jan-2018, 26-Mar-2018, 25-Jun-2018, 24-Sep-2018
Canberra
  • 05-Oct-2015, 04-Jan-2016, 28-Mar-2016, 27-Jun-2016, 26-Sep-2016, 02-Jan-2017, 27-Mar-2017, 26-Jun-2017, 25-Sep-2017, 01-Jan-2018, 26-Mar-2018, 25-Jun-2018, 24-Sep-2018
Melbourne
  • 05-Oct-2015, 04-Jan-2016, 28-Mar-2016, 27-Jun-2016, 26-Sep-2016, 02-Jan-2017, 27-Mar-2017, 26-Jun-2017, 25-Sep-2017, 01-Jan-2018, 26-Mar-2018, 25-Jun-2018, 24-Sep-2018
North Sydney
  • 05-Oct-2015, 04-Jan-2016, 28-Mar-2016, 27-Jun-2016, 26-Sep-2016, 02-Jan-2017, 27-Mar-2017, 26-Jun-2017, 25-Sep-2017, 01-Jan-2018, 26-Mar-2018, 25-Jun-2018, 24-Sep-2018
Strathfield
  • 05-Oct-2015, 04-Jan-2016, 28-Mar-2016, 27-Jun-2016, 26-Sep-2016, 02-Jan-2017, 27-Mar-2017, 26-Jun-2017, 25-Sep-2017, 01-Jan-2018, 26-Mar-2018, 25-Jun-2018, 24-Sep-2018
Important Note on Fees

Domestic research candidates are entitled to a Research Training Scheme (RTS) place, which means that they don’t pay tuition fees. They are entitled to an RTS place for a maximum of four years full-time equivalent if undertaking a doctorate and a maximum of two years full-time equivalent if undertaking a master-by-research.

A candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy must comply with the Research and Professional Doctorate Degree Regulations.

An applicant for admission to candidature for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy must have completed one of the following:

  1. an appropriate undergraduate degree with Honours at a minimum level of Second Class Division A (Honours 2A) or equivalent; or
  2. a master’s degree with appropriate research training in a relevant field; or
  3. an equivalent qualification.

After identifying your admission eligibility, please find and contact a potential supervisor.

Find a Supervisor

If applicants have an overseas qualification/s from an institution where English is not the standard language of instruction, they will need to meet ACU’s English proficiency requirements, i.e. Academic IELTS 6.5 (including individual scores of 6.0 for all tests).

Application forms for admission are available from the Graduate Research website or by emailing res.cand@acu.edu.au.

Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents apply directly to ACU Graduate Research Office:

Graduate Research
PO Box 968
North Sydney NSW 2059
Email: Res.Cand@acu.edu.au

International students please note that applications are lodged through the International Office.

Fees

Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents undertaking research degrees may be eligible for RTS places which cover the tuition fees of the University.

International candidates who are not awarded an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship pay full international tuition fees.

Scholarships

ACU offers a number of scholarships to local and international research candidates. Information about these scholarships, including the application process is available from the Graduate Research website.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded for high-level research and, as such, it is expected that candidates will make a contribution to knowledge in their chosen field. A PhD may be undertaken by three different means:

  1. Traditional PhD:
    A PhD candidate’s work is assessed on the basis of a c. 100,000 word thesis.
  2. PhD by Publication:
    A PhD candidate’s work is assessed on the basis of the submission of a thesis (c. 50,000 words) containing a number of papers written up as journal articles.
  3. PhD by Creative Project:
    A PhD candidate’s work is assessed on the basis of a thesis and a project, including but not limited to: a durable record of performance, exhibition of visual arts, writing, design, film, multimedia, CD, DVD, software program or other creative works.

Further detailed information regarding requirements for the submission of a PhD may be located in the Guidelines on the Preparation and Presentation of a Research or Professional Doctoral Thesis for Examination.

Duration:
Three years full-time, with the possibility of a six to 12 month extension, or
Six years part-time, with the possibility of a 12 to 24 month extension.

Ballarat
  • 03-Oct-2016 , 03-Jan-2017 , 03-Apr-2017 , 03-Jul-2017 , 02-Oct-2017 , 02-Jan-2018 , 02-Apr-2018 , 02-Jul-2018 , 01-Oct-2018
Brisbane
  • 03-Oct-2016 , 03-Jan-2017 , 03-Apr-2017 , 03-Jul-2017 , 02-Oct-2017 , 02-Jan-2018 , 02-Apr-2018 , 02-Jul-2018 , 01-Oct-2018
Canberra
  • 03-Oct-2016 , 03-Jan-2017 , 03-Apr-2017 , 03-Jul-2017 , 02-Oct-2017 , 02-Jan-2018 , 02-Apr-2018 , 02-Jul-2018 , 01-Oct-2018
Melbourne
  • 03-Oct-2016 , 03-Jan-2017 , 03-Apr-2017 , 03-Jul-2017 , 02-Oct-2017 , 02-Jan-2018 , 02-Apr-2018 , 02-Jul-2018 , 01-Oct-2018
North Sydney
  • 03-Oct-2016 , 03-Jan-2017 , 03-Apr-2017 , 03-Jul-2017 , 02-Oct-2017 , 02-Jan-2018 , 02-Apr-2018 , 02-Jul-2018 , 01-Oct-2018
Strathfield
  • 03-Oct-2016 , 03-Jan-2017 , 03-Apr-2017 , 03-Jul-2017 , 02-Oct-2017 , 02-Jan-2018 , 02-Apr-2018 , 02-Jul-2018 , 01-Oct-2018

Deferment

Yes. See Defer your offer.

  • Mixed-mode

Credit Points

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings
  • Unit Fee: $2750.00 (2016)
  • Average first year fee: $22000.00 (2016)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $88000.00 (2016)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. Fees are reviewed annually.

Tuition fees for continuing students may increase by up to 3 percent each year for the minimum duration of the course as provided on your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE). Students who continue to study beyond the minimum duration will have the relevant annual commencing rate applied to their fees for subsequent study periods.

Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents undertaking research degrees are eligible for RTS places, which cover the tuition fees of the University.

A candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy must comply with the Research and Professional Doctorate Degree Regulations.

Academic IELTS 6.5 (including individual scores of 6.0 for all tests) unless your previous tertiary level studies were undertaken in English in (for example) Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America.

An applicant for admission to candidature for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy must have completed one of the following:

  • an appropriate undergraduate degree with Honours at a minimum level of Second Class Division A (Honours 2A) or equivalent; or
  • a master’s degree with appropriate research training in a relevant field; or
  • a master’s preliminary program with results at distinction level and demonstrated evidence of research capability; or
  • an equivalent qualification or experience

After identifying your admission eligibility, please find and contact a potential supervisor.

Find a Supervisor

If applicants have an overseas qualification/s from an institution where English is not the standard language of instruction, they will need to meet ACU’s English proficiency requirements, i.e. Academic IELTS 6.5 (including individual scores of 6.0 for all tests).

Application forms for admission are available from the Graduate Research website or by emailing res.cand@acu.edu.au.

Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents apply directly to ACU Graduate Research Office:

Graduate Research
PO Box 968
North Sydney NSW 2059
Email: Res.Cand@acu.edu.au

International students please note that applications are lodged through the International Office.

Fees

Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents undertaking research degrees may be eligible for RTS places which cover the tuition fees of the University.

International candidates who are not awarded an International Postgraduate Research Scholarship pay full international tuition fees.

Scholarships

ACU offers a number of scholarships to local and international research candidates. Information about these scholarships, including the application process is available from the Graduate Research website.

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