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What will I learn?

What to expect

This degree enables professionals to study several issues and encourages writing for different kinds of audiences (for example for work settings, for parents, for journals and newsletters and for academic publishers), instead of focusing on one issue culminating in one thesis.

Candidates submit a portfolio of work that includes a dissertation.

This professional doctorate can be undertaken off campus. Support is available on campus, however, and students will be encouraged to participate in the University’s research programs.

This program involves:

  • identifying a research topic (a theoretical or practical issue of educational significance),
  • designing and carrying out a research project to investigate that issue, and
  • writing a substantial thesis that discusses relevant literature, the perspective and methodology adopted in the research, and the findings and significance of the research.

Your research topic

Applicants need to discuss their proposed research topic with an appropriate research supervisor.

Course learning outcomes

Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will have:

Knowledge

A substantial body of knowledge at the frontier of a field of work or learning, including knowledge that constitutes an original contribution

Substantial knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the field of work or learning.

Skills

Cognitive skills to demonstrate expert understanding of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on that theory and practice

Cognitive skills and use of intellectual independence to think critically, evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, undertake systematic investigation and reflect on theory and practice to generate original knowledge

Expert technical and creative skills applicable to the field of work or learning

Communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions

Communication skills to present cogently a complex investigation of originality or original research for external examination against international standards and to communicate results to peers and the community

Expert skills to design, implement, analyse, theorise and communicate research that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge and/or professional practice.

Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:

With intellectual independence

With initiative and creativity in new situations and/or for further learning

With full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs

To plan and execute original research

With the ongoing capacity to generate new knowledge, including in the context of professional practice.

Which department am I in?

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

CRICOS

081375J

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$33,600.00 (17,98,715) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

January 2022, July 2022

Venue

Cairns City campus

36 Shields Street,

CAIRNS CITY,

Queensland,

4870, CAIRNS, Australia

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$33,600.00 (17,98,715) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

January 2022, July 2022

Venue

Smithfield Campus

14-88 McGregor Road,

SMITHFIELD,

Queensland,

4878, CAIRNS, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible to apply for entry to a Doctoral program, an applicant must demonstrate the capacity to undertake research at the Doctoral level by the attainment of at least one of the following: A Bachelor’s degree with at least Second Class, Division A (Honours) in a degree program that included a total of at least a semester of supervised project work, the results of which contributed to the Honours grade; A postgraduate qualification which included: (a) supervised research component(s) of at least one semester or equivalent and resulted in the production of output(s) graded at the equivalent of Distinction or better, and (b) at least one research methods subject; A Research Masters degree, where at least two thirds of the degree consisted of a supervised research component and resulted in the production of a thesis or equivalent. IELTS - 6.5 (no component lower than 6.0); TOEFL (internet based) - 86 (no component less than 21); Pearson (PTE Academic) - 58 (no component less than 54); C1 Advanced / C2 Proficiency: 176 (no component less than 169).

For international students

Student must have completion of a recognised, appropriate undergraduate degree, or equivalent prior learning including appropriate professional experience.

IELTS - 6.5 (no component lower than 6.0); TOEFL (internet based) - 86 (no component less than 21); Pearson (PTE Academic) - 58 (no component less than 54); C1 Advanced / C2 Proficiency: 176 (no component less than 169).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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