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  • Make an original and substantial contribution to knowledge in a specific field of 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.
QUT course code IF49
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Note: The CRICOS registered course duration is four years however the course may be completed full-time in three to four years.
Start month 2018 & 2019 Start any time
Delivery On campus
  • Kelvin Grove
  • Faculty of Education
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CRICOS code 006367J

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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. 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 and original adaptation, application and interpretation of existing knowledge. This world-class program provides a basis for critical inquiry and welcomes collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects.

Research students in the Faculty of Education are supported by a variety of services, including training and development, financial support to attend conferences, and opportunities to gain exposure for research findings through the QUT Digital Repository.


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Course design


IFN001 Advanced Information Retrieval Skills

Time based Thesis

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

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).

Minimum English language requirements

We accept English language proficiency scores from a variety of tests. If you completed a test that was not IELTS, check which English language test scores we accept.

You must have taken your test no more than 2 years before your QUT course starts.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

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

We offer English language courses 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.

Haven't completed an English language test? We can help!

If you have not completed an English language test, you can sit the IELTS test at our IELTS test centre.

Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. We review fees annually.

2019: $29,200 - $35,400 per year full-time (subject to annual review)

2018: $28,000 - $34,000 per year full-time (96 credit points) (subject to annual review)

Scholarships and financial support

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

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

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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