What will I learn?

Southern Cross University is widely acknowledged for its commitment to Indigenous culture, education, participation, respect and reconciliation.

The Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies is a program of study by coursework and research that comprises 24 units which include a research thesis. The course is designed to provide high-level research skills for Indigenous people and for those interested in careers in the Indigenous sector.

The qualification is aimed at providing important and specific opportunities at both national and international levels for Indigenous peoples, those working within Indigenous communities, the private and public sector, for the progression of in-depth studies on issues relevant to Indigenous communal futures.

In leading your own research project ? with support and guidance from our experts ? you'll work towards providing tangible benefits to Indigenous peoples.

In the process, you'll gather relevant, resonant skills that contribute to Indigenous Knowledges and may lead you into working with, and for, Indigenous communities.

Career opportunities

Students who graduate with a Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies will be well placed for a career in research and academia, the government, professional or community sector, working in policy development, service delivery and program evaluation, and as leaders and high-level managers.

Which department am I in?

School of Indigenous Knowledge



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$26,800.00 (14,34,690) per year
AUD $3,350 per unit
Start date

Expected June 2022


Southern Cross University

Lismore Campus,

Military Road,


New South Wales,

2480, NORTH COAST, Australia

Online/Distance (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$26,800.00 (14,34,690) per year
AUD $3,350 per unit
Start date

Expected June 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a degree considered by the University to be equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree with first class Honours or second class Honours, first division or a degree equivalent to an Australian Masters degree where at least 50% of the assessment was based on a thesis. Other English Language Requirements accepted: TOEFL score of 550 (no band less than 4.5 in TWE); or PTE Academic score of 50; or CAE score of 52 or comparable.

For international students

Students applying for the Doctor of Indigenous Philosophies must complete a successful interview with Gnibi academics and Elders prior to entry in the degree.

Qualification equivalent to an Australian Bachelor degree.

Applicants must have IELTS - 6.5 with no band less than 6.0; CAE - 58; TOEFL PBT - 570 min 5.0 (TWE); TOEFL iBT - 79 with no less than 21 in writing and 20 in other areas; PTE - 58 with no communicative score less than 50; ISPLR - 4 in all 4 skill areas.

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