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Doctor of  Philosophy

Program code: 7501

Delivery location

Gatton, Herston, St Lucia


3 to 4 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Research Quarter 1 (01 Jan, 2019)
Research Quarter 2 (01 Apr, 2019)
Research Quarter 3 (01 Jul, 2019)
Research Quarter 4 (01 Oct, 2019)

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.


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    3 to 4 years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Research Quarter 1 (01 Jan, 2019)
    Research Quarter 2 (01 Apr, 2019)
    Research Quarter 3 (01 Jul, 2019)
    Research Quarter 4 (01 Oct, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Research
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    Gatton, Herston, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 10

Admissions criteria


Please refer to information contained on the Graduate School website.

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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

With approval, you can transfer into one of the following programs at any stage of your candidature:

Programs and Courses

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


Tuition fees for the Doctor of Philosophy vary according to your academic field and attendance mode. Please consult the HDR fees table for more information.


Higher degree by research students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, private donors, international organisations, or other sources.

The UQ Graduate School has an annual scholarship budget of nearly $40 million and coordinates a competitive, merit-based process for awarding scholarships.

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

Applying online

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

You can submit an application at any time.

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Additional application information

Applications must be lodged with the proposed enrolling school or institute, who will forward on to the UQ Graduate School. Further information on the application process can be found on the UQ Graduate School website.

There is no application fee for research higher degree programs.

For program entry requirements please refer to information contained on the UQ Graduate School website.

Minimum English language proficiency requirements apply, please refer to information contained on the UQ Graduate School website and the English proficiency policy.

Important dates

The academic year for research students is divided into quarters and you can start in 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.

The agreed start date will be included on your offer of admission.

For more information about research quarter dates, visit the Graduate School website .


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    Research Quarter 1 Begins
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    Research Quarter 1 census date
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    Research Quarter 2 begins
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    Research Quarter 2 census date
  • 1
    Research Quarter 3 begins
  • 1
    Research Quarter 3 census date
  • 1
    Research Quarter 4 begins
  • 1
    Research Quarter 4 census date

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