Available to:
Domestic and International students.
CRICOS:
097176G
Location:
  • Ballarat
  • Brisbane
  • Canberra
  • Melbourne
  • North Sydney
  • Strathfield
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.

Description

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.

Course 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.

Campus availability and study mode

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

No deferment available.

240

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Start dates

Ballarat

  • Semester 1 - Research
  • Semester 2 - Research

Brisbane

  • Semester 1 - Research
  • Semester 2 - Research

Canberra

  • Semester 1 - Research
  • Semester 2 - Research

Melbourne

  • Semester 1 - Research
  • Semester 2 - Research

North Sydney

  • Semester 1 - Research
  • Semester 2 - Research

Strathfield

  • Semester 1 - Research
  • Semester 2 - Research

Course costs

Important Note on Fees

All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.

A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:

  • the number of units studied per semester;
  • the choice of major or specialisation; and
  • elective units.

The University reviews fees annually.

Essential requirements for admission

A candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy must comply with the Higher Degree Research 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 (Distinction average) or equivalent; or
  2. a master’s degree with appropriate research training in a relevant field; or
  3. an equivalent qualification and/or demonstrated research experience, with evidence of capacity to undertake independent research work (eg an authored publication).

Meeting the eligibility requirements for admission is not in itself a guarantee of admission. The candidate’s potential to undertake research, the quality and feasibility of the research proposal, the availability of appropriate supervision and the referee’s reports will all be taken into consideration. Please refer to Regulation 5.2.

*Disclaimer: The Course entry requirements above are for 2020 Admission.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

Applying for admission

English language requirements

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).

More course information

Contact res.cand@acu.edu.au (Australian and New Zealand citizens) or international.admissions@acu.edu.au (International enquiries).

Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents apply directly to the ACU Candidature Services.

Candidature Services, Student Administration
Australian Catholic University
Locked Bag 4115 Fitzroy MDC Fitzroy Victoria 3065
Email: Res.Cand@acu.edu.au

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

Fees

Commencing domestic candidates enrolling in a master-by-research or doctoral degree at ACU will be offered a Research Training Program Fee Offset Scholarship under the Australian Government's Research Training Program. Further information about Research Training Program Scholarships can be found in the Research Training Program Scholarship Policy available at http://research.acu.edu.au/graduate-research/policies.

International candidates who are not awarded a scholarship that includes a tuition fee waiver 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 Candidature Services website.

Contacts for future students

Enquiries:

Description

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is available in all Faculties of the University and is awarded without classification on the basis of examination of a major thesis. The requirements for the degree shall be completed by submission of a thesis which demonstrates that the candidate has made a substantial contribution to learning and appreciates and understands the relationship of the candidate’s own investigations to a wider field of knowledge.

Course 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.

Start dates and campus availability

Ballarat
  • 02-Jan-2020 , 29-Jun-2020
Brisbane
  • 02-Jan-2020 , 29-Jun-2020
Canberra
  • 02-Jan-2020 , 29-Jun-2020
Melbourne
  • 02-Jan-2020 , 29-Jun-2020
North Sydney
  • 02-Jan-2020 , 29-Jun-2020
Strathfield
  • 02-Jan-2020 , 29-Jun-2020

Deferment, credit points & course units

Deferment

No deferment available.

Students with a Student Visa will need to complete the program in minimum duration, study at least one subject on-campus each semester and must not undertake more than 33% of the program online.

Course Units (Subjects)

Schedule of Unit Offerings

Course costs

  • Unit Fee: $3217.00 (2020)
  • Average first year fee: $25736.00 (2020)
  • Estimated Total Cost: $77208.00 (2020)

Important Note on Fees

The Tuition fees quoted above are for commencing students in the current year who undertake a normal full-time load. The Unit Fee is based on a 10cp unit. 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.

Essential requirements for admission

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 (Distinction average) or equivalent; or
  • a master’s degree with appropriate research training in a relevant field; or
  • an equivalent qualification and/or demonstrated research experience, with evidence of capacity to undertake independent research work (eg an authored publication).

Meeting the eligibility requirements for admission is not in itself a guarantee of admission. The candidate’s potential to undertake research, the quality and feasibility of the research proposal, the availability of appropriate supervision and the referee’s reports will all be taken into consideration. Please refer to Regulation 5.2.

Inherent Requirements

There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.

English language requirements

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).

More course information

Contact res.cand@acu.edu.au (Australian and New Zealand citizens) or international.admissions@acu.edu.au (International enquiries).

Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents apply directly to the ACU Candidature Services.

Candidature Services, Student Administration
Australian Catholic University
Locked Bag 4115 Fitzroy MDC Fitzroy Victoria 3065
Email: Res.Cand@acu.edu.au

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

Fees

Commencing domestic candidates enrolling in a master-by-research or doctoral degree at ACU will be offered a Research Training Program Fee Offset Scholarship under the Australian Government's Research Training Program. Further information about Research Training Program Scholarships can be found in the Research Training Program Scholarship Policy available at http://research.acu.edu.au/graduate-research/policies.

International candidates who are not awarded a scholarship that includes a tuition fee waiver 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 Candidature Services website.

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