Higher Degree Research

Doctor of Philosophy

Deakin's international students can study Philosophy on a doctorate level in Arts to research theories about political, social and contemporary issues.

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Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 7 (with no band score less than 6.5) or equivalent

Duration

3-4 years full time or part time equivalent

Course information

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a supervised research program where you’ll make a substantial, original contribution to knowledge in your chosen arts field.

Deakin currently has around 1,600 higher degree by research candidates – intelligent people making the most of our excellent facilities, partnerships, strategic research centres and excellent reputation.

Your research will be conducted under the supervision of a panel, which is chaired by the principal supervisor – a full-time member of staff experienced in research.

You’ll write a thesis of 80,000-100 000 words, embodying the results of research carried out your field of study. If you’re studying in the arts, you can submit a thesis comprising creative works and an exegesis of no fewer than 18,000-20,000 words.

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Course structure

A candidate is required to complete a thesis of 80 000-100 000 words, embodying the results of research carried out in the field of study specified at the time of enrolment. Candidates in the arts may submit a thesis comprising creative works and an exegesis of no fewer than 18 000-20 000 words.

Coursework unit - to be completed by all students

Details available at the following site:

https://www.deakin.edu.au/research/become-a-research-student/phd-xtra 

Students must also complete

  • Academic Integrity AAI018
  • Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)

    Key information

    Award granted
    Doctor of Philosophy
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    A900
    CRICOS code
    006239F
    Level
    Higher Degree Research
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 10.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Warrnambool
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Warrnambool
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Warrnambool
      • Cloud Campus

    HDR applications now open
    Applications for research degrees without scholarship may be made at any time. Commencement of research degrees is not confined to Deakin's trimesters.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Applicants must have demonstrated evidence of a high standard of research ability. This is normally an Honours year to H2A (70%+) standard, a research master degree, or a coursework master degree with a substantial thesis. However, other evidence of research ability may be considered and could include a thesis as part of an international undergraduate degree; relevant refereed publications; research awards; or research experience.
    For more information please visit the Deakin Research - Higher Degrees by Research page.

    Applicants should hold either a bachelor degree with first class honours (H2A) or a masters by research degree in a field of study related to the subject of the proposed research, or other qualifications/research publications approved as equivalent.

     

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

    The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

    The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load and the length of your course.

    Learn more about fees and available payment options.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes (DGLO)
    • Demonstrate systematic and critical understanding in one or more specialist fields or discipline areas by planning and generating a substantial and original contribution that advances scholarship or professional practice.

    1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

    3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

    6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

    • Effectively disseminate research outcomes to a variety of audiences using highly developed communication skills and work productively within a team of experts in the field.
    • Synthesise, apply and analyse existing and new knowledge in one or more discipline areas to develop new concepts or interpretations through engagement in ethical research, critical reflection, continuous evaluation and demonstration of research skills.

    4.  Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

    5.  Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.

    7. Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

    • Demonstrate autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability, leadership, initiative, resilience and responsibility as an expert and leading practitioner or scholar.

    2.  Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

    8.  Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

    Approved by Faculty Board July 2016

     

    Application information

    How to apply

    Higher Degrees by Research

    Higher degree by research applicants must apply via the online applicant portal. You will be required to attach a number of certified supporting documents, in addition to your research proposal and referee reports.

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage.

    Apply through HDR

    Research Information

    Supervision is available in most discipline areas offered by the Faculty. Contact the Higher Degree by Research Officer on Tel 03 5227 2226 or email

    artsed-research@deakin.edu.au for more information.

    Deakin University offers scholarships for study towards higher degrees by research. For further information contact the Research Scholarships Officer, telephone (03) 5227 3492, or fax (03) 5227 1275, or email research-scholarships@deakin.edu.au

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