Doctor of Philosophy

Course summary for local students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Doctor of Philosophy
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Cloud CampusYes
Length3 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

Applications will be considered at any time.

Faculty contacts

Research Administrator
Tel 03 9251 7174

LevelHigher Degree Research
CRICOS course code006256E
Deakin course code H920

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Make a significant contribution to your chosen field by undertaking PhD research that is grounded in clinical practice.

This degree is run by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, which through its clinical partnership program and community links, has an established research program that embraces the theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of nursing.

A major research focus of the School examines symptoms and risk management associated with a wide range of chronic illnesses. Other areas of research include the exploration of symptoms and risk management associated with management of patients in acute and critical care contexts.

The research area of health services evaluation involves a critical evaluation of current health services models and the development of alternative models of health services delivery.

Deakin currently has around 1600 higher degree by research candidates – intelligent people making the most of our excellent facilities, partnerships, strategic research centres and excellent reputation

Course rules

A Doctor of Philosophy is awarded for a substantial, original contribution to knowledge achieved in three years of full-time study (or six years of part-time study).

Research information

The Faculty of Health provides a range of higher degree by research programs at masters and doctorate level, including professional doctorates in the discipline of psychology.

The Faculty has affiliation with six of the University Strategic Research Centres, which work with national and international partners in health communities, business, industry and government to bring about evidence-based practical, equitable health outcomes globally, nationally and in local communities. The Centres are engaged in research programs related to patient care, patient safety, health services, mental health, psychiatric disorders, molecular medicine, immunology, neurosciences, public health research and evaluation, population health, human nutrition, physical activity and health, and social determinants of health and wellbeing.

To review details of the Strategic Research Centres and the research we are undertaking click here.

Entry requirements - general

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.

How to apply

Applicants must apply via the Higher Degree by Research website.


A fulltime student is expected to commit 36 hours a week to their PhD program. A student is entitled to 20 working days annual leave from candidature on approval by their Principal Supervisor. (Part-time is half the commitment.)