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  • Produce a substantial piece of research that contributes to the body of knowledge in your chosen specialisation.
  • Maintain regular contact with supervisors and participate in University scholarly activities such as seminars, teaching and publication; a program of supervised research and investigation; and preparation of a thesis.
  • External program candidates may research in a workplace away from QUT, either domestically or overseas.
QUT course code IF49
Attendance Full-time
Course duration 4 years full-time
Note: The expected duration is three to four years full-time, or six to eight years part-time.
Start month 2016 Start any time
Delivery On campus
  • Gardens Point
  • Science and Engineering Faculty
Course contact Enquire
CRICOS code006367J
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QUT adopts a project management approach. PhD candidates work closely with their supervisory team to meet collegially reviewed milestones leading to timely submission of a thesis for examination. QUT is proud of its record of timely completions and low attrition rates realised by this approach.

During candidature the supervisor and other key stakeholders will provide advice and direction to the candidate to encourage their participation in university scholarly activities such as research seminars, 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.


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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.

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Entry requirements

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.

An applicant would normally hold:

  • a relevant first or second class division A honours degree or equivalent, or
  • an appropriate Masters degree or Professional Doctorate (by research or coursework)

Masters and Professional Doctorates degrees by coursework must contain a significant research component, normally no less than 25%.

Holders of Masters and Professional Doctoral by Coursework must:

  • have a grade point average of at least 5.0 on a 7 point scale and
  • present evidence of research experience and potential for approval

Financial Guarantee

Acceptable forms of evidence include:

  • A letter from an approved employer confirming the continuation of your salary; or
  • A signed Scholarship Agreement between QUT and your sponsoring agency; or
  • An accepted letter of offer from QUT for a postgraduate research scholarship; or
  • An approved external scholarship.

Minimum English language requirements

Students must meet the English proficiency requirements.

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Course fees

Your actual fees may vary depending on which units you choose. All fees are based on current fixed fee prices. We review fees annually.

2016: $15,800 per Study Period (full-time) (subject to annual review)

2015: $15,200 per Study Period (full-time) (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 Science & Engineering Faculty)

You apply directly to QUT for all our research degrees.

Are you ready to submit your application?

You're ready if you have:

  1. Looked at our research areas
  2. Selected your degree
  3. Checked you meet the entry requirements
  4. Checked if you're eligible for a scholarship
  5. Agreed on a supervisor with your faculty
  6. Discussed your options and developed your topic
  7. Written your research proposal
  8. Gathered your supporting documents

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