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Doctor of Philosophy, Ph.D.

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  • 36 months
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By undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy  from the University of Southern Queensland you will have expansive intellectual freedom to be able to make an original and substantial contribution to your area of study.

USQ academics are recognised throughout the world for their excellence in research. Some of the projects you can tap into are at the forefront of cutting edge research. As a research student you would have the commitment and support to make a difference to society in a meaningful way.

USQ is committed to excellence in research training and provide a quality research training experience for our students. We maintain our relevance in research by linking with industry and business through local and international research networks.

To start your PhD you need to clarify your research topic and seek an academic staff member to be your supervisor. This can sometimes take time so it is wise to allow several months for discussion with potential supervisors and for consideration of your application.

Program objectives

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Investigate a substantial, complex and relevant area of research with specialised research skills that enable them to advance their discipline.
  • Critically evaluate relevant research literature, theoretical propositions, methodologies and findings to design and conduct original research.
  • Cogently present, verbally and in writing research findings which include propositions, creative works, insights and conclusions to their peers and professional community.
  • Independently and systematically apply specialised technical and research skills to plan and execute a research project, undertake research ethically according to the discipline standards and generate new knowledge and original insights that make a contribution to their discipline.
  • Apply principles of integrity, research ethics, judgement, adaptability and responsibility in ways appropriate to an expert in their discipline.

Career outcomes

Graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in industry, academia or government with specialisation of your chosen field.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Duration description

      Can be studied full-time or part-time (full-time students normally complete in 3 to 4 years).

    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Credits
    24 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online

Programme Structure

The enrolment pattern of this program is required to reflect the following:

  • Research Methodology Course (Schedule A) must be completed in the first four units of enrolment.

  • Advanced Approved Course (Schedule B) must be completed within the first six units of enrolment.

  • Research Proposal for Confirmation of Candidature (Schedule C) must be completed after the successful completion of Schedule A and Schedule B Courses and within the first eight units of enrolment.

  • Independent Research Courses (Schedule D) to commence in parallel with Schedule A, B & C Courses as appropriate. After completion of 8 units, it is mandatory to have completed the Schedule C Course prior to enrolment further Schedule D courses.

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.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

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    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • CRICOS code: 088073M

To be eligible for admission, applicants must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of a relevant Australian university bachelor honours degree with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division A) or equivalent,


  • completion of an Australian university Masters degree (with a significant research component) or equivalent,


  • other qualifications equivalent to First Class or 2A Honours.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26160 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    26480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26480 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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International fees:

  • External/Online (lab doctoral research e.g., Engineering and Sciences) - AUD 28400
  • On-campus (lab doctoral research) - AUD 32000
  • External/Online (non-lab doctoral research e.g., Business and Management)  - AUD 23840
  • On-campus (non-lab doctoral research) - AUD 26160 

Living costs for Toowoomba

  • 1200 - 2000 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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