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Doctor of Philosophy

  • Doctorate (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded for high-level research and, as such, it is expected that candidates will make a contribution to knowledge in their chosen field.

Key details

Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)
Duration
3 years full-time, 6 - 8 years part-time
Study Mode
Online

About this course

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded for high-level research and, as such, it is expected that candidates will make a contribution to knowledge in their chosen field. A PhD may be undertaken by three different means:Traditional PhD: A PhD candidate’s work is assessed on the basis of a c. 100,000 word thesis. PhD by Publication: A PhD candidate’s work is assessed on the basis of the submission of a thesis (c. 50,000 words) containing a number of papers written up as journal articles. PhD by Creative Project: A PhD candidate’s work is assessed on the basis of a thesis and a project, including but not limited to: a durable record of performance, exhibition of visual arts, writing, design, film, multimedia, CD, DVD, software program or other creative works. Further detailed information regarding requirements for the submission of a PhD may be located in the Guidelines on the Preparation and Presentation of a Research or Professional Doctoral Thesis for Examination.

Entry requirements

A candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy must comply with the Higher Degree Research Regulations. An applicant for admission to candidature for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy must have completed one of the following:an appropriate undergraduate degree with Honours at a minimum level of Second Class Division A (Distinction average) or equivalent; ora master’s degree with appropriate research training in a relevant field; oran equivalent qualification and/or demonstrated research experience, with evidence of capacity to undertake independent research work (eg an authored publication). Meeting the eligibility requirements for admission is not in itself a guarantee of admission. The candidate’s potential to undertake research, the quality and feasibility of the research proposal, the availability of appropriate supervision and the referee’s reports will all be taken into consideration. Please refer to Regulation 5. 2.
Level of Study
Bachelor

Study locations

Ballarat, VIC

Online

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences courses at Australian Catholic University (ACU).
80.3%
Overall satisfaction
62.8%
Skill scale
73%
Teaching scale
86.3%
Employed full-time
$71k
Average salary