Doctor of Philosophy

Program code


Available at


Gold Coast

Mount Gravatt


South Bank





2 to 4 years full-time
3 to 8 years part-time

Credit points


Indicative fee

Exempt under RTP (more)

Commencing in

Research Intakes 1, 2, 3 and 4

Next start date

Monday, 10 October 2022

Applications close

Monday, 15 August 2022

Next scholarship round closes

Tuesday, 20 September 2022 (more)

My details

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The following document describes the general conditions of this award:

The Doctor of Philosophy is a time-based Higher Degree Research program requiring a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years full time study or a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of eight years part-time study. To be eligible for the award of Doctor of Philosophy, a student must complete a research project and submit a thesis of no longer than 100,000 words for assessment by two external examiners of international standing.

Progress review requirements

Completion of progress reporting requirements is a condition of continued candidature for higher degree research programs. The following progress review requirements must be completed for the Doctor of Philosophy program:

  • completion of the Early Candidature Milestone within 6 months (equivalent full-time) of commencement.
  • completion of the Confirmation of Candidature Milestone within 1 year of commencement for full time candidates or within 1.5 years of commencement for part-time candidates.
  • completion of the Thesis and Candidature Review Milestone within 2.5 to 2.75 years (equivalent full-time) of commencement.
  • completion of a progress report in years where a Milestone is not completed (part-time candidates only).

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Level and Type

The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) is the national policy for regulated qualifications in Australian education and training. This qualification is accredited as an AQF Level 10 - Doctoral Degree.