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The knowledge you gain throughout the Doctor of Professional Studies at the University of Southern Queensland will lead to benefits for both you and the organisation you work for. 

You will critically review resources and address theoretical and practical issues in your workplace by designing and implementing projects. It is expected that the documented results of your projects will be able to be used to improve one or more aspects of your workplace.

Program aims

The aim of this program is to provide experienced professionals with doctoral level research opportunities (and some coursework as required) that will engage issues and develop original knowledge that is relevant and meaningful to their professional capabilities, helps to build capacity in their practice environments / communities and helps to contribute to their self-awareness and intellectual independence.

Program objectives

On successful completion of the program, students should be able to:

  • Identify work place issues, possible solutions and change initiatives
  • demonstrate working at the leading edge of practice underpinned by theoretical understanding
  • develop cognitive skills that demonstrates intellectual independence and a high level of critical thinking in generating original knowledge
  • contribute to the advancement of knowledge relating to professional practice and leadership in their chosen profession
  • apply knowledge and skills at a doctoral level acquired through research training embedded in the program to plan and execute original research
  • integrate empirical, methodological and theoretical knowledge that engages current work-based issues and contributes to their practice as a professional
  • demonstrate the capacity to add value to, and to help to sustain, contemporary learning communities in their profession
  • demonstrate awareness of ethical dilemmas and conflicting values which may arise in professional practice and work situations
  • take into account complex, unpredictable, specialised work contexts requiring innovative approaches, which involve exploring current limits of knowledge and, in particular, interdisciplinary approaches and understanding
  • develop and extend a commitment to lifelong education and to fulfilling their own lives, organisational aims and those of others
  • demonstrate communication skills to explain and present a complex investigation of originality for external examination against international standards for dissemination amongst peers and the community both nationally and internationally.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    USQ accepts applications all year round.

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Credits
    24 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Professional Studies 
  • Work-Based Research Project

English Language Requirements

  • 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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  • 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 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. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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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


  • Admission is by written application and interview.
  • Bachelor degree with honours, or a masters degree from an Australian university or equivalent plus minimum of 5 years of experience in their field.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    29840 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 29840 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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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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