Postgraduate

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is the University's flagship research degree, which can be taken in any discipline area in the University, providing that appropriate supervision and resources are available.

Careers and further study

Take your studies to a new level with a postgraduate degree and discover what career opportunities lie ahead.

Career Pathways

PhD graduates move into a wide range of careers, depending on their areas of research. The traditional pathways are to research and academic careers, but many graduates progress into other professional areas, including management. Because the PhD is a demonstration of a graduate's ability to conceptualise and implement an independent program of research, manage a project, organise resources, work with other people and communicate effectively in writing at a high level, it is a ticket to many destinations.
PhD graduates move into a wide range of careers, depending on their areas of research. The traditional pathways are to research and academic careers, but many graduates progress into other professional areas, including management. Because the PhD is a demonstration of a graduate's ability to conceptualise and implement an independent program of research, manage a project, organise resources, work with other people and communicate effectively in writing at a high level, it is a ticket to many destinations.
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Further Study

Higher doctorate
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Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course.

Research Training Program

Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents are exempt from paying a contribution toward the cost of their research courses if UWA provides them with a Research Training Program place. This exemption applies for up to four years full-time equivalent study for a doctorate by research and two years full-time equivalent study for a master's by research. The RTP is a performance-based funding scheme administered by the Federal Department of Education and Training.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Higher degree by research – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
192
Total Course Fee - 2017
$176,000.00
Total Course Fee - 2018
$182,000.00

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

. To be accepted an applicant must demonstrate that they have sufficient background and experience in independent supervised research to successfully complete a PhD. The normal requirement is for a bachelor's degree with at least upper second class honours in an appropriate discipline. However, applications are also considered from (1) graduates of this University (or equivalent) who can satisfy the Board that they have had adequate research preparation since graduation;
(2) applicants who have previously undertaken work, which in the Board's opinion is of a sufficiently high standard, towards a research higher degree in this or another approved institution but have not submitted it for any degree and have had their research proposals approved by the Board; and
(3) applicants who have satisfactorily completed an acceptable preliminary program at this University or an approved institution and have had a research proposal approved by the Board.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Doctor of Philosophy

Approval for admission to a PhD requires an applicant to demonstrate that they have sufficient background and experience in independent supervised research to successfully complete the course. It also requires the University to ensure that appropriate supervision and resourcing are available.

Applicants are required to demonstrate that they have met the requirements of the University Policy on: Adequate Research Preparation and any other requirements for admission of the University, and—
(a) have a bachelor's degree of this University or equivalent qualification;
or
(b) (i) have previously undertaken work of a sufficiently high standard towards a higher degree by research in this or another approved institution but not have submitted it for any degree;
and
(ii) have completed an appropriate PhD research proposal;

A student who wishes to undertake a PhD in the field of creative writing must, in addition, submit a substantial folio of published creative work, normally in the form of one or more books.

Prior to enrolment,  all applicants are required to demonstrate that they have met the University’s English language requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

English language competency

Prior to enrolment,  all applicants are required to demonstrate that they have met the University’s English language requirements
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps below and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.
When lodging your application, follow the steps for domestic research or international research students.

Course details

The PhD is a program of independent, supervised research that is assessed solely on the basis of a thesis, sometimes including a creative work component, that is examined externally. The work presented for a PhD must be a substantial and original contribution to scholarship, demonstrating mastery of the subject of interest as well as an advance in that field of knowledge.

About The Course

This is a pinnacle educational qualification, which demonstrates that the graduate is a world-class researcher. The PhD comprises an independent, supervised research project mutually agreed upon by a student, supervisor, head of school and the Board of the Graduate Research School. It may be undertaken in any school in the University.
Doctor of Philosophy

Quick Details

Status
  • Available 2018
Locations
  • Albany
  • Perth
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
  • Off-campus
Starting dates
  • By agreement with their supervisors, students may commence at any time throughout the year, except December.
Weekly contact time
  • Full-time students are expected to spend at least 30 hours per week on their research throughout the year. Part-time students are expected to spend at least 15 hours a week on their research throughout the year.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 00810
CRICOS code
  • 003310F, 003311E, 003312D, 003314B, 003316M, 003317K, 003318J, 003319G, 003320D, 003321C, 013797F, 024816F, 024818D, 037146K, 037147J, 037148G, 037149G, 037157G, 037158F, 037159E, 037160A, 055301K, 058936F
Doctor of Philosophy
Status
  • Available 2018
Locations
  • Albany
  • Perth
Attendance
  • Full-time
  • Part-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
  • Off-campus
Starting dates
  • By agreement with their supervisors, students may commence at any time throughout the year, except December.
Weekly contact time
  • Full-time students are expected to spend at least 30 hours per week on their research throughout the year. Part-time students are expected to spend at least 15 hours a week on their research throughout the year.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 00810
CRICOS code
  • 003310F, 003311E, 003312D, 003314B, 003316M, 003317K, 003318J, 003319G, 003320D, 003321C, 013797F, 024816F, 024818D, 037146K, 037147J, 037148G, 037149G, 037157G, 037158F, 037159E, 037160A, 055301K, 058936F
Full time/part time duration
  • 4 years full-time
Degrees course is available in
  • Doctor of Philosophy

Scholarships

Postgraduate scholarships support UWA's position as one of Australia's leading research-intensive universities and the premier research institution in WA.