What will I learn?

The Doctoral Degree qualifies individuals who apply a substantial body of knowledge to research, investigate and develop new knowledge, in one or more fields of investigation, scholarship or professional practice.

Research degree candidates are driven by naturally inquiring minds, and have a passion to solve problems and advance humanity. A research degree allows you to conduct your own, unique research, and produce new knowledge and expertise that is innovative, relevant, and enlightened.

Research degrees equip graduates with the transferable skills and attributes necessary for challenging and diverse roles in industry, government and business, as well as in research and academic organisations.

At the University of Tasmania, a research degree is a true mark of endeavour, providing you with the training and skills necessary for a career in academia and beyond.

Course Objectives

A Doctor of Philosophy qualifies individuals to develop and use expertise at the frontier of a field of research and make a significant original contribution to knowledge through their research.

Graduates will:

apply a substantial body of knowledge to research, investigate and develop new knowledge in one or more fields of investigation, scholarly expertise or professional practice.
acquire the capacity to formulate a research question and to develop mastery of appropriate conceptual and methodological practices.
acquire advanced specialist research training and provide evidence for independent thought and critical analysis, effective communication and/or expression and expert knowledge of the discipline within a broader framework of knowledge in the international context.

A degree of Doctor of Philosophy is awarded on the basis of a Thesis prepared under supervision that makes an original, significant and extensive contribution to knowledge and understanding in the relevant field of study, as judged by independent experts applying accepted contemporary international standards.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge

Graduates of a Doctor of Philosophy will be able to:

make an original and substantial contribution to knowledge of a subject within or across academic disciplines or areas of professional practice;
demonstrate a systemic and critical understanding of a substantial and complex body of knowledge of a subject within or across academic disciplines or areas of professional practice; and
demonstrate a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

Skills

Graduates of a Doctor of Philosophy will be independent researchers able to:

evaluate the appropriateness and usefulness of various perspectives, methods and processes in research projects;
independently and systematically develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge or professional practice;
expert technical and creative skills applicable to the field of work or learning; and
critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise new and complex ideas;
work collaboratively in a team, recognising the need for and value of complementary expertise/skill sets, and work productively with other people; and

Career outcomes

The Doctor of Philosophy is a demonstration of a candidate's ability to conceptualise and implement an independent program of research, manage a project, organise resources, work and cooperate with colleagues and communicate effectively in writing at a high level. As a result, PhD graduates have the opportunity to pursue diverse career paths, including professions in research and academia, as well as a broad spectrum of professions in the public and private sector.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts, Law and Education

CRICOS

001195J

Study options

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
A$38,392.00 (US$ 26,940) per year

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

Start date

Expected February, July 2022

Venue

University of Tasmania

Hobart Campus,

Churchill Avenue,

SANDY BAY,

Tasmania,

7005, HOBART, Australia

Full Time (3 Years)

Tuition fees
A$38,392.00 (US$ 26,940) per year

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

Start date

Expected February, July 2022

Venue

Cradle Coast Campus

16-20 Mooreville Road,

BURNIE,

Tasmania,

7320, BURNIE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

PhDs normally require the equivalent to an Australian bachelor’s degree with upper second class Honours or higher. English language requirements: IELTS of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0; TOEFL (Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language) - 92 (26 in writing and speaking, and 20 for reading and listening); PTE Academic 58 (58 for writing and speaking with no other score lower than 50); UTAS Access Level 7 English Language Training - 65 (65 for writing and 65 for speaking and no other test score less than 60); CAE (Cambridge Advanced English) - B (Equivalent to the Council of Europe level (CEFR) of C1 or above).

For international students

Applicants will be considered who have:

A Bachelor's degree with upper second class Honours or better from a recognised tertiary institution.
A research Masters degree with at least two-thirds of the degree comprising a thesis; or
A coursework Masters degree or graduate diploma which includes a research project or thesis of 10,000 to 20,000 words (must equate to a minimum 25% research component of the entire degree); or
A qualification at a level from another tertiary institution considered equivalent by the Dean.

IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) - 6.5 (6.5 for writing and speaking and no other band less than 6.0 (academic module))

TOEFL (Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language) - 92 (26 in writing and speaking, and 20 for reading and listening)

PTE Academic 58 - 58 (58 for writing and speaking with no other score lower than 50)

UTAS Access Level 7 English Language Training - 65 (65 for writing and 65 for speaking and no other test score less than 60)

CAE (Cambridge Advanced English) - B (Equivalent to the Council of Europe level (CEFR) of C1 or above)

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

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About University of Tasmania (UTAS)

The University of Tasmania is an excellent choice for international students with its quality education and unparalleled student life.

  • Australia’s premier university for teaching excellence
  • Teaching & research in state-of-the-art facilities
  • Students can benefit from its industry connections
  • Among global top two per cent of universities

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