Doctor of Philosophy

Higher Degrees by Research

Doctor of Philosophy

3 years full-time, or 8 years part-time

The Doctor of Philosophy is a higher degree by research. The purpose of the Doctor of Philosophy is to qualify individuals who apply a substantial body of knowledge to research, investigate and develop new knowledge, in one or more areas of investigation, scholarship or professional practice. PhD candidates present their research in a thesis of not more 100,000 words that is examined by at least two external examiners.

COST: A year of study for a Ph.D. award is $19,032 (full-time), or $9,516 (part-time).

ADMISSION CRITERIA: The applicant must have achieved: (a) a Masters by Research with no less than a 75% average; or (b) a Masters by coursework with no less than a 75% average; or (c) a four year undergraduate degree with Honours with no less than a 75% average. In addition, the applicant must also have completed a research essay or Minor Thesis of at least 16,000 words graded at or above 75%. The research essay or thesis may have been completed either within one of the awards listed above or as part of another program of study.



  1. If you have any questions about the HDR award or wish to discuss a research topic, contact our Research Coordinator.
  2. Complete the Admission form, based on whether you are a domestic candidate or international candidate.
  3. Email your completed form to

Please note the Final Admission Dates

  1. Once your Admission Form has been processed, you will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment email.

For more information on the enrolment process, or to apply as an international student, click here.