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.

Entry Requirements:   Four year Bachelor degree with Honours or equivalent in an appropriate discipline. The 12,000 word research essay needs to have been assessed at 75% or higher. A Graduate Diploma in an appropriate discipline including a 12,000 word research essay which needs to have been assessed at 75% or higher.


PhD candidates present their research in a thesis of not more 100,000 words that is examined by at least two external examiners. All candidates must attend a minimum of 8 hours of research seminars each year at the university and either a University Research Day or a research conference each year.

Normal Duration:        2 – 3 years (full-time), 8 years (part-time).

Fees:   Fees are $8,544 per Semester of for full time Research.

For more information see the Doctor of Philosophy Information at the University of Divinity website.