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Doctor of Philosophy (Hosted by Creative Industries Faculty), Ph. D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #179 (WUR) Brisbane, Australia
The PhD program demonstrates the Creative Industries Faculty’s reputation for innovation and excellence in research training, welcoming collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects and activity in the Creative Industries Precinct—Australia’s first site dedicated to experimentation and commercial development in the creative industries.


QUT adopts a project management approach, with higher degree research (HDR) candidates working closely with their supervisory team to meet collegially reviewed milestones.

During candidature, the supervisor and other key stakeholders will provide advice and direction to the candidate to encourage their participation in university scholarly activities such as research seminars, teaching and publication. The length of the thesis varies according to the topic, but should normally be no longer than 100,000 words, excluding bibliography.

Creative practitioners enjoy a strong commitment to practice-led research, in which the Creative Industries Faculty is a national leader.

Students have recently completed PhDs on topics such as:

  • Mobile interaction design approaches for reducing domestic food waste
  • Bits and bumps: Understanding gender in contemporary physical comedy - 
  • Identifying Relevant Information for Emergency Services from Twitter in Response to Natural Disaster
  • Establishing the Conceptual and Practical Foundations of a New Form of Theatre for Development: Theatre in Conversations 
  • China, Film Coproduction and Soft Power Competition 
  • Courtyard Housing as a Subtropical Urban Design Model 
  • A Novel Concept for Airport Terminal Design Integrating Flexibility 
  • 'Insider-other' Spectator-Dancer Relationships fostered through Open Rehearsals 

Why choose this course?

The PhD program demonstrates the Creative Industries Faculty’s reputation for innovation and excellence in research training through a focus on diversity, new knowledge industries and scholarly and creative practice. This world-class program provides a basis for critical inquiry and welcomes collaborative and interdisciplinary research projects across the faculty's key research strength areas:

  • digital media, communication and culture,
  • innovation in the performing and digital arts, and
  • sustainability and innovation in design.

The faculty supports individual and team-based research activity in the state-of-the-art facilities of the Creative Industries Precinct. The co-located research centres attract eminent academics of international and national standing who are keen to work with new researchers.

The faculty is the national leader in language, communication and culture research attracting the highest levels of funding from Australian Research Council grants for 2003 to 2008.

Career outcomes

With QUT's real-world approach, PhD candidates draw on a wide range of research methodologies. Many gain skills that are suitable for commercial research contexts and extended studies, and work with industry or government partners on a global as well as a national level.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline. More details:

    Requires approval.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Duration description

      3-4 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Mandatory courses 

  • Advanced Information Retrieval Skills
  • Time based Thesis

Other units as agreed by student in negotiation with their supervisor and faculty.

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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    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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General Requirements

  • CRICOS: 006367J
  • You must have either:

    • a completed recognised relevant honours degree or equivalent
    • a completed recognised masters degree or professional doctorate (by research or coursework)
    Masters and professional doctorate degrees by coursework must have a significant research component, normally not less than 25%. Holders of masters and professional doctorate by coursework must:
    • have a minimum grade point average (GPA) score of 5.0 on QUT's 7 point scale; and
    • present evidence of research experience and potential for approval
    Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy depends on an applicant’s demonstrated research aptitude and the availability of supervision, infrastructure and resources needed for the proposed research project.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      35400 AUD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 35400 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      35400 AUD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 35400 AUD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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    2019: $29,200 - $35,400 per year full-time

    Living costs for Brisbane

    • 1402 - 2530 AUD/month
      Living Costs

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