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
  • Commencing
    Research Quarter 1 (01 Jan, 2017)
    Research Quarter 2 (01 Apr, 2017)
    Research Quarter 3 (01 Jul, 2017)
    Research Quarter 4 (01 Oct, 2017)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Research
  • Units
    48
  • Delivery location
    Gatton, Herston, St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 10

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Please refer to information contained on the Graduate School website.

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:

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