48 months
31720 AUD/year
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As a student in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences program at the Swinburne University of Technology, you will undertake supervised research with the aim of making a significant and original contribution to a discipline or profession.

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The Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences program at the Swinburne University of Technology is generally completed over a period of four years full-time or eight years part-time. 

Candidates undertake research, which may be pure, exploratory, experimental and/or creative, and are required to submit a written research thesis, a written research thesis including associated papers, or an artefact with an accompanying exegesis. 

This program is suited to applicants who:

  • have some prior research experience
  • are interested in a pursuing a career in research
  • have a desire to make an original contribution to research in a particular field
  • have a naturally inquiring mind and a desire to know more
  • wish to gain an internationally recognised qualification
  • want to enhance their employment opportunities

Aims and objectives

The Doctor of Philosophy program has the objective of producing graduates with the capacity to conduct research independently at a high level of originality and quality. 

Graduates will demonstrate a capacity to design, conduct and report sustained and original research. While the research is conducted under a supervisor students are expected to demonstrate the ability to work independently.

Programme Structure

Research areas include: 

  • Education
  • Politics and History
  • Philosophy
  • Media and Communications
  • Sociology
  • Languages (Chinese, Japanese, Italian)
  • Indigenous Studies
  • Film and Television
  • Animation
  • Urban Economics
  • Urban Sociology 
  • Human Geography

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.
More details

Intake  (January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December)


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS code: 064191CApplicants must have completed at least four years (or equivalent) of tertiary education studies in a relevant discipline at a high level of achievement, and must have been approved for the award of the degree(s) for which they studied.

A high level of achievement is defined as the equivalent of a four year Swinburne Honours degree that includes a significant research component in the fourth year, leading to an Honours degree class 1 (average grade between 80-100) or class 2A (average grade between 70-79) level.

Four years of tertiary studies can be demonstrated by the completion of any of the combinations of qualifications below, at the required standard of achievement:
  • a bachelor degree and a Masters by Research; or
  • a bachelor degree and an Honours year; or
  • a bachelor degree and a Masters by Coursework; or
  • a bachelor degree and a postgraduate diploma in Psychology; or
  • a bachelor degree (four years) in an approved discipline.

Tuition Fee

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    31720 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 31720 AUD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Melbourne

1501 - 2659 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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