• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


The aim of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) course at Torrens University Australia is to develop independent research skills and critical analysis skills in students, including the mastery of appropriate concepts and methodologies, the ability to present and defend original research findings, and the ability to relate their research topic to a broader framework of knowledge in their disciplinary area. Students complete a thesis that demonstrates an original contribution to knowledge and the student’s capacity to pursue scholarly research and deepen the knowledge of their discipline.

The Doctor of Philosophy is comprised of independent research under the guidance of experienced supervisors. This PhD is available to study on campus in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane or online.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Part-time variant
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Full-time PhD students would normally be expected to devote 40 hours per week for 48 weeks per year (or half-time equivalent) to their studies. Students may be granted cumulative leave of absence for up to 12 months during their study with the approval of the University’s Research Committee.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

Awarded from Torrens University Australia or other approved institution:

  • A Master’s degree either by research or by coursework with a substantial element of research work, or
  • A relevant first or second class Honours degree

Torrens may accept an applicant who does not meet these requirements if it is satisfied that the applicant’s experience in research demonstrates that they have the capacity to pursue the course successfully.

Acceptance into a research program at the University is contingent on the applicant’s proposed field of study and research being acceptable to the University and able to be appropriately supervised and resourced.

CRICOS: 086075C

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24600 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24600 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    10500 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10500 AUD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Adelaide

  • 1328 - 2480 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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