Higher Degrees by Research

Doctor of Philosophy

CRICOS 096608G
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What is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)?

The Doctor of Philosophy is a highly regarded research degree, in which you will conduct independent research under the supervision and guidance of experts in their field. The Doctor of Philosophy requires the completion of a thesis which demonstrates original thought and academic rigour, and which makes a significant contribution to existing knowledge. The PhD is available to study on campus in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane, offshore and online.

Our Higher Degree by Research allows you to develop your research skills, so you are work-ready in academic and industry contexts. By conducting original research and practising cognitive flexibility, you will craft your professional identity and be able to communicate the impact of your findings to interested stakeholders in real-world applications.

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Learning outcomes

  • A significant body of knowledge at the frontier of the field and make an original contribution in the context of ethical practice
  • Appropriate and purposeful research principles and methods for the field including any technical and creative skills for enhancing the work
  • Cognitive skills including critical analysis, argument and problem solving to design and implement a theoretical/practice proposition and apply intellectual independence to evaluate existing knowledge and to generate original knowledge
  • Appropriate and coherent communication skills to represent cogently a complex investigation of original research against international standards and communicate results to peers and the community
  • Intellectual independence and initiative, responsibility and accountability for planning and executing original research and for planning a research career, and demonstrate collaborative behaviours that generate intellectual activity.
Study mode
On campus, Online, Blended
Campus locations*
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Online
Student
Domestic
International
Course duration
3 years full time, 6 years part time
Start date
3 June 2024
16 Sep 2024
17 Feb 2025
02 Jun 2025
15 Sep 2025
Fees & scholarships

This course is delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd, ABN 99 154 937 005, RTO 41343, CRICOS 03389E

*For more details on international student study options.

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Contribute new knowledge to your field
Make a significant and original contribution through thought leadership, advanced professional practice, through a research thesis and advanced professional practice portfolio.

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Become an innovative changemaker by challenging current research and finding new ways forward.

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Career opportunities

Graduates of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) have a bright future. They will have demonstrated their preparedness for a career in research and analysis within government, higher education, research centres and private enterprises. Graduates will have demonstrated intellectual leadership, positioning them for roles such as those in the following areas:

  • Policy research
  • Research projects
  • Research & development
  • Academic research
  • Industry and government advising

Antinia Saunokonoko - PhD student testimonial
Undertaking a PhD at Torrens University Australia was a truly wonderful experience. My supervisors supported me and my ideas. The expertise I gained through my research led to opportunities in academic work and psychotherapeutic practice.
Antonia Saunokonoko
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Subjects and units

Delivered both on campus and online, this course comprises of a submission of a thesis, requiring 35-40 hours per week.

  • Thesis

Thesis | PhD

Students conduct independent research under the supervision and guidance of experts in their field. Through this research, students make a significant and original contribution to knowledge through thought leadership. The PhD requires the completion of a thesis of not more than 80k words, which demonstrates original thought, academic rigour, and a sustained program higher order thinking. The thesis may be presented in one of the following formats: Standard Narrative, Thesis by Publication, Exegesis, or Folio.

International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. For more information, visit Study in Australia.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.

Study pathways

Torrens University offers undergraduate and postgraduate students with flexible entry options and study pathways. Whether you prefer a full program or a modular approach, we can tailor your studies to your needs. Start your journey with an undergraduate diploma or bachelor degree, or grow your career with a postgraduate qualification.

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Research project

The Doctor of Philosophy is comprised of independent research under the guidance of experienced supervisors, culminating in the submission of a thesis, to be presented in one of the following formats: standard narrative, publication, exegesis or PhD by folio. You will be required to provide an Expression of Interest and a Research Proposal as part of your initial application.

Entry details

  • Domestic
  • International

Fees

Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.

FEE-HELP

Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP

Scholarships

We're serious about supporting your studies from start to success, which is why we offer partial scholarships for both international and domestic students undertaking HDR. Please discuss these options with international and domestic admissions on application. Eligible students can also apply for the Research Training Program scholarship (RTP). Full details are available in our RTP Scholarship Application Form. Once complete, email to HDR@torrens.edu.au

Admission criteria

Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

Successful completion of a Masters degree by research from an Australian university or equivalent with a Distinction average

OR

Successful completion of a Masters degree by coursework with a substantial element of research work from an Australian university or equivalent with a Distinction average

OR

Successful first- or second class Honours degree from an Australian university or equivalent

OR

Work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level which may include approval of prior study or successful completion of a readiness assessment.

Research proposal accepted by supervisory panel.

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification or gained skills through life or work experience, you may be able to credit this against your degree with us. Check information about Recognition of Prior Learning and Course Credit transfer. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways

Fees

Check the international course fee schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.

Fee payment

Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.

Scholarships

We're serious about supporting your studies from start to success, which is why we offer partial scholarships for both international and domestic students undertaking HDR. Please contact the HDR Office at hdr@torrens.edu.au for more information.

Admission criteria

Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

Successful completion of a Masters degree by research from an Australian university or equivalent with a Distinction average

OR

Successful completion of a Masters degree by coursework with a substantial element of research work from an Australian university or equivalent with a Distinction average

OR

Successful first- or second class Honours degree from an Australian university or equivalent

OR

Work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level which may include approval of prior study or successful completion of a readiness assessment.

Research proposal accepted by supervisory panel.
Equivalent IELTS 7.0 (Academic) with skills band no less than 7.0 in writing and speaking and no less than 6.5 in listening and reading (or equivalent TOEFL, CAE or PTE).

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*For more details on international student study options.

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