What will I learn?

Begin a high-level research career in an area of science that matches your expertise and passion. If you don’t have a research background, our integrated program helps you undertake a PhD in Science.

PhD in Science integrated program

The integrated PhD in Science offers an alternative path to a doctoral degree. During your first year, you’ll receive intensive research training. On passing with a 70% average, you’ll begin a PhD thesis, graduating within the standard timeframe.

You’ll receive expert support as you undertake an original thesis in our research focus areas. We offer PhD opportunities in health and biomedicine, and environmental sciences, specialising in:

  • ecology
  • food sciences
  • medical physiology
  • sport science.

We also have world-class institutes and research centres that conduct collaborative projects with local and global organisations. The research in these institutes is at the forefront of the field in many areas, including in sports science, medical science, sustainability and technology.

You’ll learn to present your findings in scientific journals and at conferences.

Research opportunities & development

VU Research gives you opportunities to:

  • connect with other researchers
  • participate in research festivals and competitions
  • develop your research skills
  • get funding for your research
  • publish and promote your findings.

We offer support for graduate researchers including:

  • an orientation program
  • a specialised Office for Researcher Training, Quality & Integrity
  • study spaces
  • units to help you conceptualise and contextualise your research
  • research ambassadors and student association.

Course structure

To attain the award of Doctor of Philosophy through undertaking the Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) students will be required to complete in total 384 credit points consisting of:

  • 72 credit points of Core studies in Year 1
  • 24 credit points of Elective studies in Year 1
  • 288 credit points of Thesis units as per standard PhD

Careers in scientific research

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

Which department am I in?

VU Research

CRICOS

088595G

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$32,200.00 (US$ 22,977) 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

Venue

Victoria University

Footscray Park campus,

Ballarat Road,

FOOTSCRAY,

Victoria,

3011, MELBOURNE, Australia

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$32,200.00 (US$ 22,977) 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

Venue

Werribee Campus

Hoppers Lane,

WERRIBEE,

Victoria,

3030, MELTON, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Entry into a research program (postgraduate study) requires completion of: an honours degree or a master’s 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: Test score of 79. Section score no less than: Listening: 19, Speaking: 19, Reading: 18, Writing: 22. Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score 58-64 (with 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.

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.

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About Victoria University

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  • 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)

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