What will I learn?

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) gives you the opportunity to explore in depth a research project that you’re passionate about. You will independently research a specific topic under the guidance of a supervisor and produce a thesis no more than 100,000 words. Your research will represent a significant, original contribution to human knowledge.

In undertaking a PhD, you will develop independent research skills, including the capacity to formulate a problem, develop mastery of appropriate conceptual and methodological skills to address it, and relate the research topic to a broader framework of knowledge in a relevant discipline.

The process of completing your thesis offers exciting opportunities to work with and be challenged by top academics and experts in your field, as well as attending national and international conferences.

Candidature for research degrees is offered in all Schools. Murdoch encourages research in interdisciplinary areas as well as in the basic disciplines.

Which department am I in?

Social and Cultural studies



Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

28 February 2022, 1 August 2022


Rockingham Campus

Dixon Road,


Western Australia,

6168, ROCKINGHAM, Australia

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
Information not available
Start date

28 February 2022, 1 August 2022


Murdoch University

Perth Campus,

90 South Street,


Western Australia,

6150, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To be eligible for admission as a candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), an applicant must: have a Bachelor Degree with at least a 2A Honours (AQF level 8); or have a Masters Degree (AQF level 9) which incorporates satisfactory research preparation equivalent to at least 12 credit points; or be enrolled as a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) candidate in the University (AQF level 9) and satisfy the Manager with evidence of the ability to complete a Doctoral Degree (Research) successfully (AQF level 10) within the enrolment period specified in Regulation 29 or have a Bachelor Degree (AQF Level 7) and satisfy the Manager of Graduate Research with evidence of substantive and significant scholarly or professional attainments providing satisfactory research preparation equivalent of AQF level 8 or 9. English Language requirements: IELTS overall 6.5 with no band below 6.0; PTE - 64 with no band below 58; TOEFL IBT – 90 with no band less than 20; TOEFL - Paper Based 592 (Test of Written English not less than 5.0).

For international students

Entry to the program is very competitive and to be accepted into the course applicants must have successfully completed a four year, or three year plus a fourth year, APAC-accredited sequence in psychology, within the last 10 years, with an upper second class Honours (2A) or equivalent overall mark. Applicants must be eligible for registration with the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) as a provisional psychologist. An exception to this may be made for currently registered psychologists who can demonstrate current compliance with Registration Board CPD requirements. Students with overseas qualifications who are accepted into the course must ensure that their undergraduate qualifications meet the requirements of the Psychology Board of Australia (AHPRA) for equivalence to a four-year APAC Accredited Australian degree in Psychology. All successful applicants must be registered from the start of their higher degree as a provisional psychologist.

Applicants must apply simultaneously for entry to both the MAppPsych and the PhD. Unsuccessful applicants for both courses may still be considered for entry to either course on its own.

Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - IELTS overall 6.0 with no band below 6.0

Cambridge Advanced English after January 2015 (CAE) - 169 overall with no band below 169

Pearson Test of English (PTE) - 50 with no band below 50

Test of English as a Foreign Language ‐ IBT (TOEFL IBT) - 73 with no band less than 18

Test of English as a Foreign Language ‐ Paper Based (TOEFL ‐ Paper Based) - 534 (Test of Written English not less than 4.5)

internet‐based Phoenix English Proficiency Test (iPEPT) Higher Ed - (entry into semester 22020 and semester 12021 only) - Overall Grade of B+ with no band below B2+

Occupational English Test (OET) - OET with a minimum of C (250‐290) in each of the four components

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


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