Higher Degrees by Research

Professional Doctorate (Research)

CRICOS 108074G
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What is a Professional Doctorate?

The Professional Doctorate (Research) embeds research training through coursework and practice in a reflective manner, resulting in new discipline knowledge through research.

Graduates at this level require a systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of learning and specialised research skills for the advancement of new knowledge. Graduates will also have systemic and critical understanding of a substantial and complex body of knowledge at the frontier of a discipline.

Students will collaborate with industry, government, and community partners to find innovative solutions that benefit business and community at a local, national, and global level and will be positioned for career advancement and transition in a diverse range of industry sectors.

This course suits students with previous work experience to ensure a strong understanding of the mechanics of the workplace and the ability to interrogate workplace problems at an advanced level. It is aimed at students who demonstrate a preference for work-based research outcomes.

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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.
Study mode
On campus, Blended
Campus locations*
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Online
Student
Domestic
International
Course duration
Full-time: 3 years Part-time: 6 years
Start date
20 Feb 2023
05 Jun 2023
18 Sep 2023
Fees

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

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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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Career opportunities 

Graduates of the Professional Doctorate (Research) 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
  • Further study, including a PhD

Subjects and units

This course compromises of 8 core subjects, 1 elective subject, and 15 thesis units. Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising 3 hours of facilitated study and 7 hours self-directed study.

  • Core
  • Thesis
  • Electives

Core subjects

  • Critical Literature Review | RES611
  • Developing the Research Proposal | RES612
  • Methodology and Design | RES613
  • Preliminary Research Thesis | RES614
  • Research Communication | RES615
  • Research Communication | RES615
  • DSGN6028 Design Futures
  • DSGN6029 Research and Innovation

Thesis subjects

  • Thesis Unit | THE601 to THE608

Requirements

Choose one elective subject.

Elective subjects

  • Biostatistics | STAT6200
  • Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health | PUBH6013
  • Statistics for Financial Decisions | STAT6003
  • Program Evaluation and Action Research | DPA8109
  • Advanced Action Research Methods | DRPH8180

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. Please note that due to COVID-19, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements. 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.

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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.

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

Admission criteria

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

Successful completion of a Master's degree or above from an Australian university or overseas equivalent
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

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. 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 get started with your course application, check you meet all the requirements listed below.

Australian master's degree or overseas equivalent
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
Academic IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent.

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How to apply

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