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PhD

About the course

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) lets you explore real-world issues and develop new theories, methodologies and models that could lead to significant steps forward in your industry or discipline.

Details

As a PhD student, you’ll have the support of our academics and industry professionals throughout your studies to ensure your research is relevant and insightful. You'll also complete a research degree skills audit to help you and your supervisors identify the coursework and training that will support your research and career goals. To complete your PhD, you would typically be expected to:

  • conduct a literature review
  • develop and refine your research problem
  • present your research theory at a confirmation seminar
  • complete a research program which tests your theory
  • prepare a final thesis or dissertation of your findings.

Entry requirements

To qualify for entry to a PhD, you usually need to have achieved one of the following:

  • successfully completed a research masters degree
  • begun a research masters, and progress to the PhD program after 12 months
  • graduated from an honours degree with a First Class or 2A Honours.

Before considering a PhD, you should read the rules and regulations for PhDs (PDF file, 200.9 KB).

Costs and scholarships

There are normally no fees for PhD students who are Australian or New Zealand citizens, or permanent residents of Australia.

International students can find out more about fees and costs by checking course information.

You may be eligible for a scholarship as part of our annual scholarship round to help cover your costs while you're studying. Or you can browse all research scholarships.

Course code IF49
Attendance Part time or full time
Course duration 3-4 years full time
Start month Start any time
CRICOS code006367J
Kaitlyn Porter, PhD scholarship recipient, is studying the role pharmacists can play in disasters, aiming to improve health outcomes during and after events.

Become a researcher. Let us pay the bills.

Our annual scholarship round is now open for applications. This is the ideal time to apply for your research degree and secure a scholarship.

If you're an outstanding graduate and aspiring researcher, apply for a research degree and scholarship by 30 September 2018 to be considered as part of our annual round.

Annual scholarship round

Research areas

Business

Collaborate with government and industry to find innovative solutions that benefit business and community at a local, national and global level.

Explore areas like:

  • accountability, regulation and governance
  • consumers, markets and stakeholders
  • economics and finance
  • entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy
  • non-profit and social enterprise
  • organisation and work.

Learn more about research in the QUT Business School

Creative industries

Join our progressive and collaborative postgraduate community and make an original contribution to media, design or creative arts research. We foster a supportive environment that encourages our researchers to address real world problems in areas like:

  • digital media, communication and culture
  • innovation in the performing and digital arts
  • sustainability and innovation in design.

Learn more about research in our Creative Industries Faculty

Education

Recognised internationally as a leader in education research with a global outlook, we provide the right environment for our researchers and research students to make real progress and generate real world impact. Our research is leading the way in areas like:

  • childhood in changing contexts
  • teacher education and professional learning
  • literacies, language, texts and technologies
  • STEM education
  • student engagement, learning and behaviour.

Learn more about research in our Faculty of Education

Health

Get hands-on experience with patients and students, and collaborate with government, community groups, hospitals and institutions from around the world. Your work has the potential to advance real-world healthcare in a vast range of areas including:

  • behavioural neuroscience and mental health
  • chronic conditions, including cancer
  • healthy lifestyles, ageing and environments
  • emergency care and health services
  • infection and injury prevention.

Learn more about research in our Faculty of Health

Law

As our commercial, social and digital worlds continue to evolve, our laws and justice system must progress with them. Our research is helping to shape the law and guide policy reform in areas like:

  • commercial and property law
  • crime and justice
  • health law
  • intellectual property and innovation law
  • international law and global governance.

Learn more about research in our Faculty of Law

Science and engineering

From robotics to biomedical engineering, we are leading the way with research that will contribute significantly to the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of people across the globe. It’s world-changing work and it’s happening now in areas such as:

  • chemistry, physics and mechanical engineering
  • civil engineering and built environment
  • earth environmental and biological sciences
  • electrical engineering and computer science
  • information systems
  • mathematical sciences.

Learn more about research in our Science and Engineering Faculty

More than a supervisor

When you research with us, you'll benefit from having a dynamic support system around you.

Your support team will include external supervisors from industry as well as our academic staff. You'll develop positive and collaborative relationship, helping you progress toward your research goals.

Find your team

Writing your research proposal

One of the most important steps in your application is your research proposal. It should include:

  • your research topic
  • an overview of previous research in the area
  • the objectives of your research
  • your proposed research methods and plan
  • your supervisor
  • any coursework requirements.

How to apply

Before you apply for a research degree, there are a few steps you need to complete. You'll need to make sure you meet the entry requirements, find a supervisor, get your supporting documents in order and complete your research proposal.

Apply for a research degree

Contact us

If you have questions about the best options for you, the application process, your research topic, finding a supervisor or anything else, get in touch with us today.