What will I learn?

Do you have a passion for research?

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a research degree available in all study areas and provides you with the skills to become an effective researcher in your previously studied discipline. By undertaking a Doctor of Philosophy you will have expansive intellectual freedom to be able to make an original and substantial contribution to your area of study.

USQ academics are recognised throughout the world for their excellence in research. Some of the projects you can tap into are at the forefront of cutting edge research. As a research student you would have the commitment and support to make a difference to society in a meaningful way.

USQ is committed to excellence in research training and provide a quality research training experience for our students. We maintain our relevance in research by linking with industry and business through local and international research networks.

To start your PhD you need to clarify your research topic and seek an academic staff member to be your supervisor. This can sometimes take time so it is wise to allow several months for discussion with potential supervisors and for consideration of your application.

Career outcomes

Graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy is ideal if you wish to pursue a career in industry, academia or government with specialisation of your chosen field.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts

CRICOS

088073M

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
AUD $35,280 for lab doctoral research and AUD $28,800 for non-lab doctoral research
Start date

Expected July 2022

Venue

University of Southern Queensland (USQ)

Toowoomba Campus,

487-535 West Street,

TOOWOOMBA,

Queensland,

4350, TOOWOOMBA, Australia

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
AUD $35,280 for lab doctoral research and AUD $28,800 for non-lab doctoral research
Start date

Expected July 2022

Venue

USQ Springfield Campus

37 Sinnathamby Boulevard,

SPRINGFIELD CENTRAL,

Queensland,

4300, BRISBANE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have one of the following: an Australian university Bachelor honours degree with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division A) or equivalent, or an Australian university Masters degree (with a significant research component) or equivalent, or other qualifications and/or experiences equivalent to First Class or Second Class Honours (Division A). English language requirements: IELTS (Academic only) score of 6.5 (or better)(no component lower than 6.0); TOEFL (paper based) score of 570 (with a minimum Test of Written English score TWE 5); TOEFL (electronic or computer based) score of 230 (with an essay rating of at least 5); TOEFL (internet based) score of 90 (or better) (with 20 minimum in all bands); Pearson (PTE Academic) score of 58 (or better) (with no communicative score less than 58); Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)/ C1 Advanced or Proficiency (CPE)/C2 Proficiency with a score of 176 or above. No less than 169 in each skill.

For international students

Applicants must have one of the following:

  • an Australian university Bachelor honours degree with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division A) or equivalent, or
  • an Australian university Masters degree (with a significant research component) or equivalent, or
  • other qualifications and/or experiences equivalent to First Class or Second Class Honours (Division A).

IELTS (Academic only) - 6.5 (or better) (no component lower than 6.0); TOEFL (paper based) - 570 (or better) (with a minimum Test of Written English Score of TWE 5); TOEFL (electronic or computer based) - 230 (or better) (with essay rating of at least 5); TOEFL (internet based) - 90 (or better) (with 20 minimum in all bands); Pearson (PTE Academic) - 58 (or better) (with no communicative score less than 58); Cambridge English Scale Scores for FCE, CAE and CPE3 - Cambridge English: First (FCE) with a score of 176 or above. No less than 169 in each skill.

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

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