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Doctor of Philosophy

Program code: 7501
CRICOS code: See Visa requirements for more information.

Delivery location

Gatton, Herston, Ipswich, St Lucia

Duration

3 to 4 years full-time

Commencing

Research Quarter 1 (01 Jan, 2018)
Research Quarter 2 (01 Apr, 2018)
Research Quarter 3 (01 Jul, 2018)
Research Quarter 4 (01 Oct, 2018)

Why study the Doctor of Philosophy

The education and training of doctoral students is one of the most important aspects of a university's activities. The pursuit of knowledge through research higher degree programs not only leads to a well-educated society and a highly trained professional work force, but also contributes significantly to the University's research and scholarship. The aim of the PhD program is to provide research training in a manner that fosters the development of independent research skills in candidates. These skills include the capacity to formulate a significant problem, to develop mastery of appropriate conceptual and methodological skills, and to relate the research topic to a broader framework of knowledge in the relevant disciplinary area. The doctoral thesis provides evidence of a contribution to knowledge with a level of originality consistent with 3-4 years of full-time study and research training. It also demonstrates a candidate's capacity for critical analysis and that he or she is capable of pursuing scholarly and programmatic research.

Summary

  • Program code
    7501
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 to 4 years full-time
  • Commencing
    Research Quarter 1 (01 Jan, 2018)
    Research Quarter 2 (01 Apr, 2018)
    Research Quarter 3 (01 Jul, 2018)
    Research Quarter 4 (01 Oct, 2018)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Research
  • Units
    48
  • Delivery location
    Gatton, Herston, Ipswich, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 10

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Please refer to information contained on the Graduate School website.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ, view the English proficiency policy.

Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Doctor of Philosophy are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

The CRICOS code for your visa application will depend on what discipline you are studying. Different disciplines have different CRICOS codes:

  • 085246G – (arts, humanities, social sciences, business, economics, law)
  • 085247G – (agriculture, land and food sciences, veterinary sciences)
  • 085248F – (science, engineering, information technology, architecture)
  • 085249E – (health and behavioural sciences, medicine, biomedical sciences)
  • 085250A – (clinical research in health and behavioural sciences, medicine, biomedical sciences, veterinary sciences)

You should discuss your proposed project with a relevant faculty, school or institute to determine which CRICOS code is most relevant for your visa application.

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Program structure

Students in the Doctor of Philosophy are expected to research, develop and write a substantial thesis that makes an original contribution to their field.

During your candidature, you’ll usually work under the guidance of two supervisors (sometimes more), who have expertise in your thesis topic. You should meet regularly with your supervisors – a schedule will need to be worked out after you enrol.

Writing a thesis is a challenging process and can take a number of years. You will need to work diligently to keep within the specified time frame. During your studies, we encourage you to participate in the University’s research life by attending different guest lectures, seminars, speaking events, and conferences.

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on how your thesis is progressing, it might be possible to withdraw from the Doctor of Philosophy at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Fees

Tuition fees for the Doctor of Philosophy vary according to your academic field and attendance mode.

Tuition fees need to be paid each research quarter. A full list of fees for international students is available.

Scholarships

International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

Apply now

All international student applications for the Doctor of Philosophy can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

Find out more about applying for higher degree by research study.

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Important dates

You can submit an application for the Doctor of Philosophy at any time.

Unlike our other degrees, the academic year for research students is divided into quarters.

You can begin studying during any research quarter, as long as the census date hasn't passed. If the census date has passed, you will need to wait for the beginning of next research quarter before commencing your studies.

A precise commencement date will be included on your offer of admission.

Relevant dates include:

2018

  • 1
    Jan
    Research Quarter 1 Begins
  • 1
    Feb
    Research Quarter 1 census date
  • 1
    Apr
    Research Quarter 2 begins
  • 1
    May
    Research Quarter 2 census date
  • 1
    Jul
    Research Quarter 3 begins
  • 1
    Aug
    Research Quarter 3 census date
  • 1
    Oct
    Research Quarter 4 begins
  • 1
    Nov
    Research Quarter 4 census date

A full list of relevant dates, including scholarship deadlines, is available from the Graduate School.

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