Doctor of Philosophy

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Doctor of Philosophy
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud CampusYes
Duration3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code006239F
Deakin course codeA900
Approval statusThis course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognitionThe award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 10.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

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.

Alternative exits

Master of Arts (A800)

Research information

Research areas

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.

Research scholarships

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

Course Learning Outcomes

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

 

Course rules

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.