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Doctor of Philosophy

University of Southern Queensland

36 months
35280 AUD/year
30640 AUD/year
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The Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Southern Queensland is a research degree available in all study areas and provides you with the skills to become an effective researcher in your previously studied discipline.   


  • 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 will 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.
  • Our research extends across all of the Schools and Centres in the university. Within the Division of Research and Innovation it is focused across three research institutes and nine research centres, reflecting a wide array of research excellence.
  • 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.

Career outcomes 

  • Graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Southern Queensland is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in industry, academia or government with specialisation in your chosen field.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Research Methodologies  
  • Statistics for Quantitative Researchers   
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Advanced Engineering Studies     
  • Advanced Engineering Project Management    
  • Discourse Analysis                   
  • Research Project Design

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


24 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS code: 088073M 

Applicants must have one of the following:

  • an Australian university Bachelor honours degree with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division A) or equivalent, or
  • an Australian university Masters degree (with a significant research component) or equivalent, or
  • other qualifications and/or experiences equivalent to First Class or Second Class Honours (Division A).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35280 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35280 AUD per year during 36 months.
  • National

    30640 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30640 AUD per year during 36 months.
  • On-campus (lab doctoral research e.g. Engineering and Sciences) AUD 35280
  • External/Online (lab doctoral research) AUD 31360
  • On-campus (non-lab doctoral research e.g. Business and Management) AUD 28800
  • External/Online (non-lab doctoral research) AUD 26320

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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