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What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) is a research degree commencing with a cohort-based foundation year of research preparation followed by an independent, supervised research project.

The subjects covered in the first year support the development of the research project and include generic research training and discipline-specific units. These provide you with strategies for a successful research journey, appropriate research design and methodology, timely completion, and effective writing and communication skills. You must achieve an overall weighted average mark (WAM) of 70% in the first year of research preparation in order to continue into the thesis component of the course.

A PhD (I) may be undertaken in any School within ECU, provided there are supervisors available in your proposed research area, and the resources and facilities required to complete your proposed project are accessible. ECU encourages interdisciplinary research that may span multiple research fields and Schools. We encourage you to view the Research Activity pages of the School websites for ECUs areas of research focus.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • Apply communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions, and cogently present findings of a complex and original investigation to peers and the broader community.
  • Integrate substantial and systemic understanding of complex discipline knowledge with research principles and methods to demonstrate expertise in the field.
  • Take responsibility and show initiative for designing and executing original research, demonstrating capacity to generate new knowledge with intellectual independence.

Physics:

Our research in Physics focuses predominantly on applications to optical physics, physical sensing, instrumentation and measurement, optical imaging, surface and thin film physics, astronomy, photonics, photovoltaics and microelectronics.

For example, our physicists, in collaboration with industry and government scientists and engineers, are applying optical and acoustic sensing modalities to aircraft airframe analysis, wave power structure monitoring, water acidity measurements for desalination, acoustic analysis of insect signatures, and radiation interactions in optical fibre systems. Specific postgraduate research topics related to the above topics are developed in conjunction with the postgraduate coordinator or potential supervisor. Physics research at ECU concentrates on: Optical fibre and acoustic sensing across a wide range of applications, including structural health monitoring, agricultural monitoring, oil and gas pipeline monitoring, and radiation detection. Acoustic monitoring of insect infestation and distributions for agricultural systems. Optical imaging using low coherence interferometry, applied to both medical and non-medical applications. Photovoltaic materials and device structures, including power-over-optical-fibre systems. Physics education for both physics and engineering students.

Employment opportunities

Academic and research organisations, Government agencies, Oil, gas and mining organisations

Possible future job titles

Research Scientist, Research Fellow, Astronomer, Experimental Scientist, Lecturer, Professor

Which department am I in?

School of Arts and Humanities

CRICOS

085717D

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$35,300.00 (18,89,722) per year
Estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $35,300

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

Application deadline

Expected July 2022

More details

Start date

14 February 2022

Venue

Edith Cowan University (ECU)

Joondalup Campus,

270 Joondalup Drive,

JOONDALUP,

Western Australia,

6027, PERTH, Australia

Online/Distance (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$35,300.00 (18,89,722) per year
Estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $35,300

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

Application deadline

Expected July 2022

More details

Start date

14 February 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

All applicants are required to hold a Master by Coursework in a related field. Alternatively applicants can hold an Honours degree, or the equivalent in a relevant field from a recognised University, Applicants seeking online study will be required to provide additional information to support their application, as not all projects nor disciplines are suited to online study. Academic admission requirements (Band 10) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following: Masters Degree (Research); Masters Degree (Coursework) in a related discipline area; Masters Degree (Coursework) with 2/3 research component; or Bachelor Honours Degree. English Language Requirements accepted: Academic IELTS: An overall band score of 6.5, with no individual band less than 6.0; TOEFL: Minimum score of 573, including Test of Written English of 5 or better; TOEFL iBT: Minimum score of 84, with no individual score less than 17; PTE Academic 58, with no score less than 50 for postgraduate standard entry courses; University of Cambridge [Cambridge English: Advanced]: Pre-2015: A score between 58 - 66 with no less than 'Borderline' in any element of the test. Post-2015: An overall score of 176, with no individual band less than 169.

For international students

All applicants are required to hold a Master by Coursework in a related field. Alternatively applicants can hold an Honours degree, or the equivalent in a relevant field from a recognised University, Applicants seeking online study will be required to provide additional information to support their application, as not all projects nor disciplines are suited to online study.

Academic admission requirements (Band 10) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • Masters Degree (Research);
  • Masters Degree (Coursework) in a related discipline area;
  • Masters Degree (Coursework) with 2/3 research component; or
  • Bachelor Honours Degree.

English competency requirements may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

  • Academic IELTS: An overall band score of 6.5, with no individual band less than 6.0;
  • Pearson English Test (PTE) Academic - PTE Academic 58, with no score less than 50 for postgraduate standard entry courses.
  • TOEFL iBT - Minimum score of 573, including Test of Written English of 5.0 or better.
  • TOEFL - Minimum score of 84, with no individual score less than 17.

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

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About Edith Cowan University (ECU)

Edith Cowan University is in the top 2.5% of world universities in the 2021 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

  • Among world’s top 100 best young universities (THE)
  • Offers a range of industry-relevant programmes
  • World-class research profile
  • Enjoys broad industry connections