Highlights

  • Make an original and substantial contribution to knowledge in a specific field or learning.
  • Enhance your professional practice by focusing on your professional development.
  • Be supported by accredited supervisors, many of whom are world-renowned academics.
  • Complete a research proposal, develop a full course of study and present the research findings after completion of the thesis.
  • Competitive scholarships available.
  • Study full-time as either an internal or external student.

Highlights

  • Make an original and substantial contribution to knowledge in a specific field or learning.
  • Enhance your professional practice by focusing on your professional development.
  • Be supported by accredited 
  • supervisors, many of whom are world-renowned academics.
  • Complete a research proposal, develop a full course of study and present the research findings after completion of the thesis.
  • Competitive scholarships available.
  • Study full-time as either an internal or external student.

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What to expect

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) offers the opportunity to work with an experienced supervisory research team to make a significant and original contribution to disciplinary knowledge.

We adopt a project management approach, with higher degree research (HDR) candidates working closely with their supervisory team to meet collegially reviewed milestones. A PhD candidate’s research must reveal high critical ability and may be demonstrated in the form of new knowledge or significant and original adaptation, application and interpretation of existing knowledge. During candidature, the supervisor and other key stakeholders will provide advice and direction to the candidate to encourage their participation in a range of scholarly activities, including research seminars, workshops, teaching and publication. The length of the thesis varies according to the topic, but should normally be no longer than 100,000 words, excluding bibliography.

Careers and outcomes

Possible careers

  • Academic
  • Artist
  • Designer
  • Educational researcher
  • Educator
  • Media Researcher

Details and units

Course design

Mandatory

  • IFN001 Advanced Information Retrieval Skills
  • Time based Thesis

Other units as agreed by student in negotiation with their supervisor and faculty.

Course design

Mandatory

  • IFN001 Advanced Information Retrieval Skills
  • Time based Thesis

Other units as agreed by student in negotiation with their supervisor and faculty.

Requirements

Course code
IF49
CRICOS code
006367J
Delivery
  • Kelvin Grove
Delivery
  • Kelvin Grove
Duration
3 - 4 years full-time

The part-time study option may be subject to QUT approval.

Duration
4 years full-time
The CRICOS registered course duration is four years however the course may be completed full-time in three to four years.

The part-time study option may be subject to QUT approval.

Entry
Start any time
Entry
Start any time

Academic entry requirements

You must have either:

  • a completed recognised relevant honours degree (first class or second class Division A) or equivalent
  • a completed recognised masters degree or professional doctorate (by research or coursework)

Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy depends on an applicant’s demonstrated research aptitude and the availability of supervision, infrastructure and resources needed for the proposed research project.

For more information on eligibility, read the admission criteria for the Doctor of Philosophy (PDF file, 352.6 KB).

Once you've started your PhD, you'll need to complete your Stage 2 milestone to be fully admitted to your course. You'll usually complete this milestone within the first three months of study.

Masters and professional doctorate degrees by coursework must have a significant research component, normally not less than 25%. Holders of masters and professional doctorate by coursework must:

  • have a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 5.0 on QUT's 7 point scale; and
  • present evidence of research experience and potential for approval

Minimum academic requirements

Academic entry requirements

You must have either:

  • a completed recognised relevant honours degree or equivalent
  • a completed recognised masters degree or professional doctorate (by research or coursework)

Masters and professional doctorate degrees by coursework must have a significant research component, normally not less than 25%. Holders of masters and professional doctorate by coursework must:

  • have a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 5.0 on QUT's 7 point scale; and
  • present evidence of research experience and potential for approval

Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy depends on an applicant’s demonstrated research aptitude and the availability of supervision, infrastructure and resources needed for the proposed research project.

Once you've started your PhD, you'll need to complete your Stage 2 milestone to be fully admitted to your course. You'll usually complete this milestone within the first three months of study.

For more information on eligibility, read the admission criteria for the Doctor of Philosophy (PDF file, 352.6 KB).

Minimum English language requirements

Select the country where you completed your studies to see a guide on meeting QUT’s English language requirements.

Your scores and prior qualifications in English-speaking countries are considered. Approved English-speaking countries are Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, South Africa, United States of America and Wales.

If your country or qualification is not listed, you can still apply for this course and we will assess your eligibility.

We accept English language proficiency scores from the following tests. Tests must be taken no more than 2 years prior to the QUT course commencement.

English Test Overall Listening Reading Writing Speaking
PTE Academic/PTE Academic Online 58 50 50 50 50
Cambridge English Score
You must share your results with QUT through the Candidate Results Online website.
176 169 169 169 169
IELTS Academic / IELTS Online 6.5 6 6 6 6
TOEFL iBT / Home / Paper 79 16 16 21 18

Don't have the English language score you need? We can help!

We offer English language programs to improve your English and help you gain entry to this course.

When you apply for this course, we will recommend which English course you should enrol in.

Fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually, and they may be subject to increases.

2023 fees

2023: To Be Announced

2023 fees

2023: To Be Announced

If you're an Australian citizen or permanent visa holder, or a New Zealand citizen, your tuition fees are normally covered by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset (Domestic), as long as you complete your degree within the program's set timeframes. You'll have to pay tuition fees if you exceed the time limits under the RTP.

FEE-HELP: loans to help you pay your course fees

You may not have to pay anything upfront if you're eligible for a FEE-HELP loan.

Find out more about government loans

Scholarships

You can apply for scholarships to help you with study and living costs.

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A scholarship for future PhD students interested in researching in the areas of Australian disability arts practice underrepresented in the literature.

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Advances in human-machine vehicle interfaces utilising emerging technologies (PhD scholarship)

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Scholarship eligibility

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A scholarship for future research students interested in studying the intersection of design and aged care.

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How to apply

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How to apply

How to apply

Follow our step-by-step applying guide to make sure your application is complete, giving you the best chance of getting in.

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