What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an advanced research program that fosters the development of independent research skills, scholarly analysis and an ability to communicate research findings. The University of the Sunshine Coast has a team of enthusiastic and experienced academics able to provide supervision across a broad range of research areas.

Program structure

The Doctor of Philosophy is the main Doctoral degree offered by this University.

It is awarded solely on the basis of a thesis produced under supervision that makes an original, significant and extensive contribution to knowledge in the relevant field of study, as judged by independent experts applying accepted contemporary international standards.

As a candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy, you may be required to undertake study, such as a research methodology course or other specified courses, seminars or reading activities, in addition to and as a support for your research.

Where such activities are required, they shall be specified as a condition of candidature by the Committee and undertaken under the direction of the relevant Associate Dean (Research) or nominee.

Which department am I in?

School of Social Sciences

CRICOS

076976D

Study options

Full Time (3 years (minimum full time duration - maximum 4 years))

Tuition fees
A$29,000.00 (US$ 19,500) per year
Estimated Total Tuition Fee: AUD $87,000
Start date

24 February 2020, 20 July 2020

Venue

USC SouthBank

Ground floor, Building A4 (SW1),

52 Merivale Street,

SOUTH BRISBANE,

Queensland,

4101, BRISBANE, Australia

Full Time (3 years (minimum full time duration - maximum 4 years))

Tuition fees
A$29,000.00 (US$ 19,500) per year
Estimated Total Tuition Fee: AUD $87,000
Start date

24 February 2020, 20 July 2020

Venue

USC Caboolture

80-106 Tallon Street,

CABOOLTURE,

Queensland,

4510, BRISBANE, Australia

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants are normally required to hold:

  • a Bachelor Honours degree (AQF Level 8) with a significant research component with a minimum of Class IIA from a recognised higher education institution; or
  • a Masters degree (AQF Level 9) with a significant research component equivalent to Honours degree research component from a recognised higher education institution; or
  • a Bachelor degree (AQF Level 7) from a recognised higher education institution, and shall have achieved by subsequent work and study a standard equivalent to at least Class IIA Honours as may be approved by the Research Degrees Committee; or
  • a record of research or professional qualifications deemed by the Research Degrees Committee to be of a standard equivalent to at least Bachelors Honours degree Class IIA and providing a suitable background for the doctoral research the candidate is proposing to undertake.

IELTS (Academic) - Overall score of 6.5 with minimum 6.0 in each subtest; TOEFL: Internet-based - Overall score of 85 with minimum score of 21 for writing; TOEFL: Paper-based - Overall score of 575 with minimum essay score of 4; Pearson Test of English - Overall score of 58 with no sub score less than 54; CAE/CPE (results after Jan 2015) - Overall score of 177 or above with no less than 169 in each skill; USC's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) 2 - Successful completion.

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