Ph.D. On Campus

Doctor of Philosophy

The University of Notre Dame Australia

36 months
30500 AUD/year
22000 AUD/year
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Completed over three years of full-time study your Doctor of Philosophy degree at The University of Notre Dame Australia will require you to work closely with two academic supervisors as you undertake a major piece of research, which may include a substantial new discovery or an original adaptation, application or interpretation of existing knowledge.


Doctor of Philosophy degree at The University of Notre Dame Australia is a thesis-based research degree and has been individually designed and built around the research methodology required, the nature of your thesis topic and the background of the candidate. 

If necessary, you may also be required to undertake research training or further coursework as part of your PhD program. Candidates will benefit from on-going support, mentoring or involvement in our research culture.

Key facts

A PhD may be completed as a traditional thesis or as a non-traditional thesis (exegesis) and creative artefact. Your PhD should be based on an advanced investigation into a significant question or related to your current field. 

The thesis should make an original and substantial contribution to the humanities, social sciences, applied sciences or Aboriginal studies.

Just remember that you must discuss your application with a suitably qualified member of the academic staff, preferably one you wish to be your principal research supervisor, before submitting an application to enrol in a Master of Philosophy. 

Financial support for domestic candidates is available under the Commonwealth Government’s Research Training Scheme (RTS). 

International students, meanwhile, are required to pay full fees but may apply for a wide range of scholarships which are made available to candidates of exceptional potential.

Programme Structure


  • A PhD is a thesis-based research degree. The degree program is individually designed and built around the methodological requirements of the research and the nature of the topic to be investigated. 
  • The candidate may be asked to undertake further coursework to extend their knowledge and skills before embarking on the research component.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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General requirements

CRICOS code: 011396F

  • Completion of a research Master's degree, appropriate to the professional field of the applicant (or equivalent) at a high level of achievement; or
  • A Bachelor’s degree with Honours (Class 1 or Class 2A Honours level or equivalent); or
  • In exceptional circumstances, an equivalent academic or professional background that is considered by the Dean of the School and the PVC-R to be an appropriate preparation for independent study and research at a doctoral level.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30500 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30500 AUD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    22000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22000 AUD per year during 36 months.

$30,500 -$38,000

Living costs for Fremantle

1700 - 2700 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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