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Student Domestic International
Study mode On campus Blended
Campus locations Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Adelaide Online
DurationFull-time: 3 years Part-time: 6 years
Start date

12 Sep 2022

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

Code DPROF21 | CRICOS 108074G

What is a Professional Doctorate?

A Professional Doctorate is an internationally recognised graduate research degree that will develop your contribution to original thought in advanced professional practice.

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


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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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Be a catalyst for change
Become an innovative changemaker by challenging current research and finding new ways forward.

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Transferrable skills and a new career
Build upon your expertise, opening doors to unique career opportunities in academia and industry.

Course overview

This Professional Doctorate (Research) is a research degree which facilitates you in researching ideas for change. Supported by nine research training subjects, you are required to conduct independent research under the supervision of experts in your field. You will be required to identify and source your own organisational partner and choose one of the professional practice streams in your chosen field These include leadership, change management, Policy and governance, technology, and innovation.

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to gain credit with us to recognise your prior learning. Please talk to the team about our Credit Policy.

Set for success

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

Research project

The Professional Doctorate (Research) is comprised of independent research under the guidance of experienced supervisors, culminating in the submission of a thesis and advanced professional practice portfolio. You will be required to provide an Expression of Interest including professional experience and your stream of interest as part of your initial application. The course streams include leadership, innovation, technology, policy and governance and change management applied in your chosen professional sector. The following nine research training units are to be completed for the Professional Doctorate (Research), eight to exit with the Graduate Diploma of Research.
  • RES611 Critical Literature Review
  • RES 612 Developing the Research Proposal
  • RES613 Methodology and Design
  • RES614 Preliminary Research thesis
  • RES615 Research communication
  • RES616 Leading research, innovation and commercialisation
  • DSGN6028 Design Futures
  • DSGN6029 Research and Innovation
  • Choice of method Elective: Statistics and Qualitative methods
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This course has exceeded my expectations. I never thought on the day I started studying nursing I’d be researching models of care and policy in the Netherlands, Canada and Scotland.
Heather Allanson
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Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate systematic and critical understanding in the profession by planning and generating a substantial and original contribution that advances scholarship for professional practice.
  • Synthesise, apply, and analyse existing and new knowledge using critical thinking, digital literacy and problem solving to develop new concepts for advanced professional practice.
  • Critically evaluate wide variety of research approaches and methodologies and select an appropriate research methodology and method(s) to conduct your research project.
  • Plan and execute ethical research that demonstrate the capacity to scope, design and conduct research projects independently.
  • Use appropriate and coherent communication skills to report, present, publish and disseminate research data and findings to peers and the community.
  • Exhibit autonomy, authoritative judgement and leadership in workplace research and advanced professional practice.

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As the country’s fastest-growing university, Torrens University Australia brings a fresh approach to higher education. We focus on giving you the skills and the knowledge to ensure long-term success in your career. Our academics are highly qualified and will support you in every step of your study.
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Are you a Domestic or International student?

Choose your student type for fees, scholarships & entry requirements

  • Domestic
  • International

Fees: Domestic students

Domestic fees
Check the Domestic Course Fee Schedule for the cost of your course.

Scholarships: Domestic students

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, and eligible students can also apply for the Research Training Program scholarship (RTP). RTP Scholarships for 2022 are now closed.

Admissions criteria and pathways: Domestic students

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Successful completion of a Master's degree or above from an Australian university or overseas equivalent, and
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  • Seven years' practice at an advanced level in a position of responsibility or five years practice at an executive level and currently in a position of influence in the chosen profession, or
  • An extensive track record of executive achievement in the workplace or in professional practice

OR applicants without a Master's degree may pathway to the Professional Doctorate (Research) with recognised prior learning based on:

  • Seven years' practice at an advanced level in a position of responsibility or five years practice at an executive level and currently in a position of influence in the chosen profession, or
  • An extensive track record of executive achievement in the workplace or in professional practice

AND

  • A discipline-specific portfolio based on competency based learning and non formal learning

AND

  • A letter of recommendation from two most recent employers

How to apply: Domestic students

Get started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
Apply
It's easy! To apply, contact us at hdr@torrens.edu.au.
Offer
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.

Fees: International students

International 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: International students

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.

Admissions criteria and pathways: International students

Before you get started with your course application, check you meet all the requirements listed below.

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  • Australian master's degree or overseas equivalent, AND
  • Seven years' practice at an advanced level in a position of responsibility or five years practice at an executive level and currently in a position of influence in the chosen profession, OR
  • An extensive track record of executive achievement in the workplace or in professional practice
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Academic IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent.

How to Apply: International students

Get Started
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
Apply
It's easy! You can apply via an education agent, or submit an EOI and documentation to hdr@torrens.edu.au.
Offer
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.

Frequently asked questions

  • Do I have to be on campus?
    No. On-campus spaces are provided to HDR students so they have quiet places to study, but you can choose to study from any location that suits your needs. However, when possible we strongly encourage students to regularly meet with their supervisors face-to-face, and this would involve travel to campus. There is also an expectation that HDR students will contribute to TUA’s vibrant research culture by engaging in on-campus activities and events, regularly attending seminars and collaborating with other TUA researchers and HDR students.
  • Can I get credits for previously completed subjects?
    No. There is no coursework in HDR degrees which could be credited.
  • How do I apply?

    Complete the Expression of Interest (EOI) and submit to the Higher Degrees team with your supporting documents (listed on the EOI) before the cut-off date. We will review your application and advise you of the next steps.

    Please ensure you take the time to complete all sections of the EOI and clearly articulate the need and benefit of your HDR project.

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