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  • Develop your thesis in ageing; physical activity, environmental health, human health and wellbeing; human behaviour; vision performance and improvement; social work; and accident and injury prevention.
  • Apply yourself in a supervised program of research and investigation, resulting in the submission of a thesis.
  • Complete in 2-4 years full-time, or 4-8 years part-time.
QUT course code IF49
Attendance Full-time or Part-time
Note: The part-time and external study options may be subject to QUT approval.
Course duration 3 - 4 years full-time
Start month 2018 & 2019 Start any time
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Online
Note: The part-time and external study options may be subject to QUT approval.
  • Faculty of Health
Course contact Faculty research office - Health
CRICOS code 006367J


A PhD challenges candidates to make a significant and original contribution to knowledge in the field by developing new ideas, or new ways of approaching existing problems. Working with an experienced supervisory team, candidates develop new theories, methodologies and models that may shape the future of the profession or discipline. A PhD candidate’s research must reveal high critical ability and powers of imagination and synthesis, and may be demonstrated in the form of new knowledge or significant or original adaptation, application and interpretation of existing knowledge.

The supervisory team will provide advice and direction to the candidate to encourage their participation in university scholarly activities such as research seminars, teaching and publication.



  • time based thesis
  • IFN001 Advanced Information Research Skills.

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

Study areas

Doctoral studies may be completed in any area of research supported by the Faculty of Health.

Health research at QUT is focused on those areas that impact significantly on the health of individuals and communities. We have a student research topic database to help you search for research projects and supervisors in your area of interest. See our current student topics.

Key areas of research strength include:

Injury prevention and trauma management

  • injury prevention
  • orthopaedics, trauma and emergency
  • tissue repair and regeneration.

Health determinants and health systems

  • behavioural neuroscience and mental health
  • child and adolescent health
  • environmental health
  • health services
  • healthy lifestyles.

Chronic disease and ageing

  • cancer and molecular medicine
  • chronic conditions and management
  • infectious diseases
  • healthy ageing, dementia and palliative care
  • vision and eye.

Entry 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, 98.5KB).

Course fees

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

2019: $25,800 - $32,000 per year full-time if you exceed the maximum time under RTP (subject to annual review)

2018: $24,800 - $30,800 per year full-time if you exceed the maximum time under RTP (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

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.

Scholarships and financial support

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

These scholarships are available for this course:

View all research scholarships


How to apply for Doctor of Philosophy (Hosted by Faculty of Health)

You apply directly to QUT for all our research degrees.

Are you ready to submit your application?

To complete your application, you'll need to:

  • check you meet the entry requirements
  • look at our research areas
  • agree on a supervisor and research topic with your faculty
  • check costs and scholarships
  • write your research proposal
  • gather your supporting documents.

Follow our step-by-step applying guide to make sure your application meets all the criteria.

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