What will I learn?

Contribute important findings to society and the scientific community, with a PhD in Science from VU. We offer high-tech laboratories, world-class research institutes and industry collaborations.

PhD in Science program at VU

Victory University has several research focus areas for your doctoral degree. Benefit from expert supervisors in these areas, as you undertake original research at the forefront of its field.

You’ll research an area aligned with your qualifications and passions. We have exciting and diverse research options, including biotechnology, ecology, chemical and analytical science, and medical science.

Our institutes and research centres offer fantastic opportunities to take part in collaborative projects producing real benefits for local and global communities. They include sports science, medical science, sustainability and technology.

You’ll present your research as an academic thesis, and make contributions to scientific journals and conferences.

Careers in scientific research

Following your PhD, you will be ready for roles in scientific research and innovation, government advisory bodies, or academia.

  • laboratory scientists
  • life scientists
  • policy and planning managers
  • university lecturers
  • Course structure

    The PhD is a research based degree with a maximum duration of 4 years (full time) and 8 years (part time). As well as enrolling in Research Thesis units Doctor of Philosophy (Science) students will be required to complete two coursework units, ROP8001 and ROP8002.

    An average result of 70% is required in the compulsory coursework units in order to proceed to candidature confirmation. Ongoing progression is subject to policy and procedures for candidature management as per the VU HDR Policy.

    Learning outcomes

    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    1. expert understanding of a substantial body of theory and its practical application at the frontier of a field of work or learning, including substantial expert knowledge of ethical research principles and methods applicable to the field.

    2. intellectual independence and cognitive skills to undertake a systematic investigation, reflect critically on theory and practice and evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, including identifying, evaluating and critically analysing the validity of research studies and their applicability to a research problem.

    3. expert cognitive, technical and creative skills to: design, develop and implement a research project/s to systematically investigate a research problem; develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge; manage, analyse, evaluate and interpret data, synthesising key ideas and theorising within the context of key literature.

    4. expert communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions; to disseminate and promote new insights; and to cogently present a complex investigation of originality, or original research, both for external examination and to specialist (eg researcher peers) and non-specialist (industry and/or community) audiences through informal interaction, scholarly publications, reports and formal presentations.

    5. capacity to reflect on, develop and evaluate strategies for achieving their own learning and career goals.

    6. intellectual independence, initiative and creativity in new situations and/or for further learning.

    7. ethical practice and full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs.

    8. autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility as an expert and independent scholar.

    Which department am I in?

    VU Research



    Study options

    Full Time (4 years)

    Tuition fees
    A$32,200.00 (17,23,769) per year
    AUD $16,100 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.

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

    Start date

    February 2022, July 2022


    Werribee Campus

    Hoppers Lane,



    3030, MELTON, Australia

    Full Time (4 years)

    Tuition fees
    A$32,200.00 (17,23,769) per year
    AUD $16,100 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.

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

    Start date

    February 2022, July 2022


    Victoria University

    Footscray Park campus,

    Ballarat Road,



    3011, MELBOURNE, Australia

    Entry requirements

    For international students

    Entry into a research program (postgraduate study) requires completion of: an honours degree, or a masters degree by coursework with a research component, or an equivalent qualification from an approved university.

    English language requirements

    IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)

    TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 79 (Listening 19, Speaking 19, Reading 18, Writing 22)

    Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 58 (no section score less than 50)

    University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176. No individual band less than 169.

    VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved

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


    About Victoria University

    With over 100 years of educational prestige, Victoria University has earned its spot in the top 2% of universities worldwide.

    • Top 2% university globally (Times Higher Education 2021)
    • Revolutionary Block Model learning methods
    • VU ranked #1 nationally for Employability Skills
    • #3 in Australia for Learner Engagement (SES 2020)