• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
The aim of this Philosophy course from Torrens University Australia is to develop your independent research skills and critical analysis skills. This includes the mastery of appropriate education concepts and methodologies, the ability to present and defend original research findings, and the ability to relate your research topic to a broader framework of knowledge in their disciplinary area. 
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Please note effective 20 March 9pm AEDT, the Australian Government implemented new travel bans and restrictions whereby only Australian citizens, Permanent Residents, their spouses and dependants could enter the country. For students who would like to study a course that’s offered on campus, we will work with you to enrol you online first and transition you to campus once the travel restrictions change.

The Doctor of Philosophy course from Torrens University Australia 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. You will be required to provide a Research Proposal as part of your initial application.


  • Develop and conduct research projects
  • Present and defend research findings
  • In-depth knowledge of your professional discipline
  • Completion of a thesis or project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

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

Programme Structure

  • You will 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.
  • We focus on giving you the skills and the knowledge to ensure your long-term success in your career or entrepreneurial venture. Our academics are highly qualified and include practising industry leaders, while our Success Coaches are available for industry coaching and strength capability. We will support you in every step of your study with us.

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

  • 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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General 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.


Tuition Fee

  • International

    21600 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 64800 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    10500 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31500 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs

  • Melbourne, Australia

    1501 - 2660 AUD/month
    Living Costs
  • Adelaide, Australia

    1328 - 2480 AUD/month
    Living Costs
  • Sydney, Australia

    1882 - 3550 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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