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Doctorate (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is awarded for high-level research and, as such, it is expected that candidates will make…
Duration
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Study Mode
In person
Tuition Fees
$24,984 per year / $74,952 total
Graduate Satisfaction
80.30%

Doctorate (PhD)

Find out about studying a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology at University of Canberra.
Entry Requirements
Admission Requirements

Evidence of successful completion, preferably within the last 10 years, of a four-year APAC-accredited sequence in psychology, or its equivalent, so that the applicant is eligible for Associate Membership of the Australian Psychological Society and registration with the ACT Psychologists' Board. Applicants are expected to have achieved an honours 1 standard in their 4th year psychology Honours or Graduate Diploma course, or the equivalent. Evidence of research training and aptitude for research.

Study Mode
In person
Tuition Fees
$28,000 per year
Graduate Satisfaction
86.20%

Doctorate (PhD)

Our modern world is dependent on data-driven insights.
Entry Requirements

Achieved an IELTS, (Academic Module) result with an overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6) or equivalent and completed a Masters degree or a relevant four year undergraduate degree with Honours or its equivalent at a high standard.

Duration
4 years full-time
Study Mode
In person
Graduate Satisfaction
86.20%

Doctorate (PhD)

QUT adopts a project management approach in its PhD programs.

Entry Requirements
Academic entry requirements

You must have either:

  • a completed recognised relevant honours degree or equivalent
  • a completed recognised masters degree or professional doctorate (by research or coursework)

Masters and professional doctorate degrees by coursework must have a significant research component, normally not less than 25%. Holders of masters and professional doctorate by coursework must:

  • have a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 5.0 on QUT's 7 point scale; and
  • present evidence of research experience and potential for approval

Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy depends on an applicant’s demonstrated research aptitude and the availability of supervision, infrastructure and resources needed for the proposed research project.

Once you've started your PhD, you'll need to complete your Stage 2 milestone to be fully admitted to your course. You'll usually complete this milestone within the first three months of study.

For more information on eligibility, read the admission criteria for the Doctor of Philosophy (PDF, 98.5KB).

Duration
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Study Mode
In person
Tuition Fees
$25,800 per year / $77,400 total

Doctorate (PhD)

Find out about studying a Doctor of Philosophy at University of South Australia.
Entry Requirements

You must for the type of research degree you wish to apply for and make sure you are eligible.

Please note
  1. If you are an international applicant you also need to check that you meet the English language requirements.
  2. Meeting the minimum entry requirements does not automatically guarantee entry into a research degree.
Duration
4 years full-time
Study Mode
In person
Graduate Satisfaction
87.80%

Bachelor

Double degrees aim to broaden a student's knowledge and skill base and to improve career options in competitive, incr…

Duration
4.5 years full-time, 9 years part-time
Study Mode
In person
ATAR
75
Graduate Satisfaction
75.90%

Doctorate (PhD)

Undertake your PhD at a world-leading research institute.
Entry Requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor Honours degree (or equivalent) in the same discipline, requiring average grades of at least H2A/Distinction or equivalent.r>ORr>Completion of an Australian Masters degree (or equivalent) in the same discipline with minor thesis, requiring average grades of at least H2A/Distinction or equivalentr>OR r>Completion of an Australian Masters by research degree (or equivalent) in the same discipline requiring average grades of at least H2A/Distinction or equivalent, or demonstrated exceptional ability during partial completion of a research project in a Masters by research degree.

Duration
4 years full-time
Study Mode
In person
Graduate Satisfaction
86.20%

Doctorate (PhD)

Become a leading researcher in law and its application.
Entry Requirements

Achieved an IELTS (Academic Module) result with an overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6) or equivalent and completed a qualification at AQF level 8 or above, typically in a cognate discipline (including a qualification without minor thesis), with Honours or its equivalent at a high standard.

Duration
4 years full-time
Study Mode
In person
Graduate Satisfaction
86.20%

Doctorate (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree provides training and education with the objective of producing graduates with the…
Duration
3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
Graduate Satisfaction
80.50%

Doctorate (PhD)

The University of New England is committed to maintaining its strong research culture, underpinned by high research trai…
Entry Requirements
All applicants must meet the requirements for all Higher Degrees by Research as stated in the English Language Requirements Higher than the University Minimum Requirements Annex to the University's English Language Requirements for Admission Rule. 1. Admission to candidature in the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) may be approved by the Committee only when the Head of School has:(a) certified that the necessary facilities and appropriate support for the applicant undertaking the proposed PhD program are available; and(b) nominated an appropriate Principal Supervisor and Co-supervisor(s) in accordance with Rule 5. 2. The Committee may, on the recommendation of the relevant Head of School, admit to candidature into the course for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) an applicant who:(a) has a degree of Master (AQF Level 9) with at least 25% research component undertaken at a sufficiently high standard; or(b) has a degree of Bachelor with at least upper second class honours (AQF Level 8); or(c) has a degree at AQF Level 8 or AQF Level 9 and have adequate research preparation since graduation. Adequate research preparation may be gained by an approved academic course, professional training, during an occupation or through peer reviewed publications; or(d) has previously undertaken work of sufficiently high standard towards a higher degree by research (AQF Level 9) in the University but not have submitted it for any degree; and(e) has produced documented evidence of capacity to undertake work at the PhD level; and (f) has completed and had approved by the Committee a PhD research proposal. 3. Evidence of refereed research publications or reviews of at least two thesis chapters are required before the Committee will consider a request to upgrade from an incomplete higher degree by research (AQF Level 9) in the University (Rule 2(d)). 3. 1. The reviews shall be carried out by two reviewers, one who may be internal and one who must be external to the University. Each reviewer should have a doctoral degree or equivalent. 3. 2. Any application for an upgrade with evidence attached must be endorsed by the Principal Supervisor and Head of School and forwarded to Research Services, after confirmation of candidature or equivalent with sufficient candidature left to continue on into the PhD. The Committee will determine, in consultation with the principal supervisor, the appropriate period of PhD candidature, should the upgrade be approved. 4. All applicants must meet the University's English Language Requirements for Admission Rule.
Duration
3 years full-time, 2 years part-time
Study Mode
Online, In person
Tuition Fees
$6,560 per year / $19,680 total
Graduate Satisfaction
91.40%

Philosophy Courses overview

Pondering the problems and potentials of humanity must be what we are here to do. Why else would we have a sense of wonder?

Postgraduate philosophy degrees allow you pause, reflect, and to consider the bigger picture of life. Ideas and perspectives to make sense of the universe are discussed and explored, giving you a new lens through which to see your world.

Postgraduate philosophy courses allow you to step back from meaningless life stresses and meander into metaphysical territory. You can explore the validity of our ethical systems, and debate the statements of the great thinkers of our times.

Is philosophy for me?

If you have a creative and analytical mind with a side of insatiable curiosity, postgraduate philosophy studies could be for you. Philosophy students do not shy away from the big questions and live to wonder and analyse. You should be able to tie creative theories and thoughts down with strong analysis and research abilities that support your arguments in order to excel in postgraduate philosophy degrees.

Study pathway

It’s possible to commence a graduate certificate or diploma of philosophy without having undertaken an undergraduate degree specific to philosophy. A bachelor’s degree in any subject will suffice to get you into this degree.

Upon completion of a graduate certificate or diploma of philosophy, it is then possible to continue into a master’s program. You could also be eligible to enter into a master’s philosophy degree with just an undergraduate degree, depending on your institution.

Master’s programs allow you to explore either a thesis idea of your own or by completing coursework. From here it’s possible to explore philosophical ideas in the deepest of depths via PhD program.

Employment options

While there aren’t many paid positions out there for philosophers to do nothing but philosophise, their increased analytic skills and research abilities allow those who study to philosophy to excel in many fields. Potential jobs for philosophy students include:

Consultant

Consultancy firms may hire philosophy students, as their ability to make sound arguments and research make them suitable to provide advice on strategy and policy for many different kinds of companies (read more).

Lawyer or paralegal

While you may have to return to university to study, Philosophy students have highly developed abilities to argue that can come in very handy in the field of law, whether in a career as lawyer or a paralegal (read more).

Scientist

Because many philosophy departments offer courses on the philosophy of scientific branches such as biology and physics, many philosophy students have the knowledge needed to work in science (read more).

Journalist

Philosophy students are able to research and write well. These skills combined with their passion for seeking truth and presenting all manner of perspectives can be very helpful for a career in journalism, whether via writing, broadcasting, or in multimedia (read more).

Public servant

Philosophers possess the skills to write excellent public policy and orate well, and can pursue careers in all manner or government sectors (read more).

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