• Application Deadline
  • 42 months
The Doctor of Philosophy from University of Canberra is a higher degree by research available across a range of disciplines within our University research institutes, as well as our four university faculties: Faculty of Arts & Design; Faculty of Business, Government and Law; Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics; and Faculty of Health.
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The Doctor of Philosophy from University of Canberra cover five areas of research focus: communication, education, environment, governance and health. 

These areas of focus are supported within the four University research institutes:

  • Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis
  • Institute of Applied Ecology
  • Research Institute of Sport and Exercise
  • Health Research Institute
  • and several faculty- based research centres.

This course incorporates a 12 credit point coursework component to be completed in the first two semesters of the PhD for a full-time student, or over four semesters for a part-time student. The coursework component can be skipped if a student is accepted into the accelerated entry pathway (see admission requirements tab).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 42 months
    • Duration description

      Standard seven semesters full-time or equivalent. Students may complete in eight semesters full-time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.

  • Credits
    84 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Doctoral Thesis in Commerce (by Publication) 
  • Doctoral Thesis (Mathematics) 
  • Doctoral Thesis (Natural and Physical Sciences)
  • Doctoral Thesis (Forensic Science) 
  • Doctoral Thesis Biological Sciences) 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

The Faculty or Research Institute will determine an applicant's eligibility for standard entry based upon evidence provided which would include:

  • evidence of advanced knowledge in an area relevant to the PhD topic;
  • a minimum of four years study at Australian degree level in a relevant area (e.g. four year bachelor degree or bachelor degree plus coursework masters);
  • evidence of an ability to undertake complex thinking and problem solving; and
  • evidence of significant aptitude for research.
CRICOS Code: 077741D

Tuition Fee

  • International

    36500 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 36500 AUD per year and a duration of 42 months.
  • National

    28900 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28900 AUD per year and a duration of 42 months.
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Living costs for Canberra

  • 1425 - 2510 AUD/month
    Living Costs

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