Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) will mean you will receive the highest level of training in key areas of scientific research over a minimum of 3 years full-time study. You will work on an independent research project and produce a thesis that demonstrates a significant and original contribution to literature knowledge in your chosen field of study.

PhD programs equip you with advanced specialist training in research. By completing a thesis, you’ll develop independent thought, skills in critical analysis and expert knowledge of a discipline in an international context. All Doctor of Philosophy degrees require 3-4 years of full-time equivalent study and completion of a written thesis. The length of a doctoral thesis varies, but generally, it’s limited to 100,000 words.

During your research, you must make a distinct contribution to the knowledge within the chosen specific discipline, often concurrently resulting in the publication of original research findings. These findings can be published in a peer-reviewed journal of international standing. The final thesis examination is conducted by independent members of the Australian and international scientific academic community.