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Doctor of Philosophy

  • Doctorate (PhD)

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the University's highest qualification. The degree is undertaken by research only and leads to advanced academic and theoretical knowledge in a specialist area.

Key details

Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)
Duration
6 years full-time
Course Code
AK3518
Study Mode
In person, Online
Intake Months
Feb, May, Aug, Nov
Domestic Fees
$6,961 per year / $41,766 total
International Fees
$39,201 per year / $235,206 total

About this course

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the University's highest qualification. The degree is undertaken by research only and leads to advanced academic and theoretical knowledge in a specialist area.

The PhD is suitable for students who want to pursue an academic or research career, or a senior position in the public or private sector. Doctoral studies present you with the opportunity to generate new ideas that can benefit business and society. You will make a significant original contribution to knowledge and understanding in your field of study and meet recognised international standards for your work.

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AUT's academic supervisors are recognised world-class researchers who have the expert knowledge in their fields to guide you throughout your studies.

If you're interested in applying to study this research degree email [email protected] first to assess your eligibility for the programme.

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Entry requirements

Must normally have completed the following in a discipline appropriate to the proposed research:

  • Master's degree with honours OR
  • Bachelor's degree with honours (equivalent to 4 years of study)

The degree must normally have been gained at the standard of first class or second class (first division) honours from this University or a recognised equivalent.

The degree should include advanced learning in research, execution of a research project and a written report on the research.

International student entry requirements

Study locations

North Campus

City Campus

South Campus

Online

Career pathways

It is expected that graduates with a Doctor of Philosophy will have gained the necessary skills and qualifications to follow an academic or research career.

Alternatively, your research topic may lead you to a position of expertise in your chosen field.

The opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills you gain through a PhD will be extensive, both in industry and academia.