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What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy - Research is a higher degree by research doctoral degree where the student either:

Undertakes a time-based supervised research project
Presents for examination a body of published work accumulated prior to acceptance into candidature


The purpose of the PhD degree is to provide research training at the highest level and to enable or acknowledge the production of a substantial body of original research that contributes significantly to knowledge and scholarship.

Program of study overview

For a student to qualify for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, the student must receive a determination that the degree be awarded following thesis examination.

The Doctor of Philosophy is entirely a research degree.

In a Doctor of Philosophy with a time-based research project, the student will undertake a supervised research project, culminating in submission of a thesis, which may be in the form of an exegesis and artefact.

In a Doctor of Philosophy by Prior Published Work, the student will undertake a short program of work culminating in a thesis comprising a contextual statement and a body of published work accumulated prior to acceptance into candidature.

By negotiation with the principal supervisor, a student can undertake optional experiential learning activities and / or courses related to their higher degree by research that enable them to develop research relevant transferable skills and experience and which may include:

industry placements, internships and other engagement and commercialisation activities where the purpose is to provide an industry situated learning experience

non-award courses as relevant to the development of high-level research skills and/or research relevant transferable skills


The thesis examination will assess whether the student has demonstrated the following attributes:

A significant original contribution to knowledge

Ability to conduct an original investigation or testing of ideas
Competence in independent research or experimentation
A thorough understanding of the appropriate techniques in the field demonstrated both by their application and a thorough review of the literature
Critical use of source material, experimental results (where appropriate) and published works
Appreciation of the relationship of the special theme of their research to the wider field of knowledge

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Engineering



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$33,000.00 (18,15,182) per year

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

Start date

25 July 2022, 27 February 2023


Flinders University

Bedford Park Campus,

Sturt Road,


South Australia,

5042, ADELAIDE, Australia

Online/Distance (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$33,000.00 (18,15,182) per year

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

Start date

25 July 2022, 27 February 2023

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must: hold an approved undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification from an approved tertiary institution, hold a valid Graduate Medical Schools Admission Test (GAMSAT) or North American Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), attend an interview. English language requirements: IELTS (Academic): 6.0 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing; TOEFL (Internet): 72 Overall with 18 Speaking, 18 Writing; Pearson PTE Academic: 50 Overall with 50 Speaking, 50 Writing; Cambridge (CAE): Pass grade of B2; Occupational English Test (OET): 300 Writing, 300 Speaking, 300 Reading, 300 Listening.

For international students

To be accepted for enrolment in a Doctor of Philosophy candidature, an applicant must:

Have at least one of the following Australian qualifications (which must include studies relevant to the proposed field of research), or the equivalent qualification as approved by the relevant authorized delegate:

  • A Bachelors degree with Honours class 1 or 2A
  • A Doctor of Medicine with minimum Credit average
  • A Graduate Diploma or Masters degree by coursework with a research component of at least 18 units, with an average grade of Distinction or better in the research component
  • A Masters by Research degree

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall with 6.0 Speaking, 6.0 Writing, 6.0 Reading, 6.0 Listening; TOEFL (Internet): 80 Overall with 18 Speaking, 22 Writing, 18 Reading, 18 Listening; Pearson PTE Academic: 58 Overall with 50 Speaking, 58 Writing, 50 Reading, 50 Listening; Cambridge English Advanced (CAE): C

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


About Flinders University

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  • Home to over 5000 international students
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