Doctor of Philosophy

Higher degrees research

Look deeper into the philosophy questions that spark your curiosity and make a substantial, original contribution to knowledge in your chosen field.

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3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Course overview

Make a substantial, original contribution to knowledge in your chosen field with the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), a supervised research program at Deakin.

This degree may be undertaken in the Deakin Business School or Deakin Law School and expert members of the academic staff will be appointed as your principal and associate supervisors. As well as your written thesis, you will be required to complete several coursework units and meet certain attendance requirements.

Deakin currently has around 1,600 higher degree by research (HDR) candidates – passionate individuals making the most of our innovative facilities, partnerships, strategic research centres and world-class reputation.

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Course information

Award granted
Doctor of Philosophy

2024 course information

Deakin code
CRICOS code?
006249D Burwood (Melbourne), Waterfront (Geelong), Warrnambool
Higher Degree Research
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 10

Course structure

You will be required to complete a 12-month probation period, which culminates in a Confirmation of Candidature at the 12-month mark. Only once your candidature is confirmed, can you proceed with your project. Candidature is for a minimum of two years and a maximum of four years.

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Compulsory coursework

Students are required to complete research training units in accordance with their field of study. Details for Faculty of Business and Law PhD students:

Intakes by location

Online candidature may be available in certain circumstances, subject to approval. Students will normally be required to be on-campus while completing their research methods coursework.

Additional course information

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Course duration

Course duration may be affected by a variety of issues, including delays in data collection and topic variations.

Mandatory student checks

Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

Participation requirements

Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. More information available at Disability support services.

Entry requirements

Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

Academic requirements

To be considered for selection into a Higher Degrees by Research (HDR) degree, you are required to have completed either:

  • a research project in a related area including a thesis which is equivalent to at least 25% of a year's full-time study at Level 8 or 9 of the Australian Qualifications Framework with achievement of a grade for the project equivalent to a Deakin grade of 70% or equivalent
  • a masters degree (research) in a related area

English language proficiency requirements

To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

Admissions information

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Scholarship options

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Higher Degrees by Research

Deakin invites applications from exceptional candidates for its PhD program in business and law. For information on the application process, including how to prepare an expression of interest, visit the How to apply webpage.

Research Information

Supervision is available in the following discipline areas offered by the Faculty: Accounting, Marketing, Management, Information Systems/Business Analytics, Economics, Finance, and Law.

More information on research training coursework for M900:

If you have any questions, please contact the Faculty Research Services Team

Research Administration Group

Deakin University offers scholarships for study towards research doctoral degrees in all faculties. Information is available from:
University Scholarships Officer
Tel 03 5227 3492

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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.