Exceptional candidates can extend their expertise in a chosen field by enrolling in a research degree. There are many ways to achieve your research goal, and here you can learn what's involved in each

You’re ready to become an expert in your field by completing a postgraduate research degree. The first step in that direction is to understand your options.

Where you make your impact is up to you. Choose to make a real impact in your field by pursuing a higher degree research degree in arts, education, health sciences, law, business, theology or philosophy. We offer both masters by research and doctorates in a range of delivery modes to allow for the intensive nature of the research and writing requirements of these programs. Each course comes with its own set of eligibility requirements. Below is an overview of what you can expect for each.

Masters by research

A masters by research degree generally takes two years if you study full-time. Candidates are expected to submit a thesis – usually around 50,000 words in length – as their assessment but may also partake in research training coursework.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) is a two year full-time (or part-time equivalent) research degree in a field covered by the University, including theology and philosophy, nursing and midwifery, education, business or arts and sciences. It is assessed on the basis of a written thesis which is submitted at the conclusion of the degree.

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A doctorate degree (PhD) is generally completed over a period of three to four years full-time. Candidates conduct a unique research project in their chosen field and present a final thesis to showcase their findings. 

A PhD may be undertaken by three different means:

  • Traditional PhD: A PhD candidate’s work is assessed on the basis of a c. 100,000 word thesis.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Graduates must have completed a masters or an honours year to be considered for acceptance in a doctoral program.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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.

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Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

The DMin is a professional doctorate designed for graduates with significant ministry experience in religious, educational and health institutions, along with other secular or faith-based organisations who want to further enhance their skills for leadership within any variety of community or professional settings.

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Doctor of Philosophy (in Contemporary Humanism)

The PhD (in Contemporary Humanism) is an international and interdisciplinary program delivered in partnership with three international universities.

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