Doctor of Philosophy in Economics (PhD)

Course Code DB000
Course Type Postgraduate
Credit Points Required 
CRICOS code 000700E

The Doctor of Philosophy in Economics is a higher degree by research.

PhD students may choose an area of specialisation for their PhD from the School of Economics

Degree Rules

The PhD degree is awarded to a thesis considered to be a substantial original contribution to knowledge in its field. The thesis, normally around 80,000 words, is sent to three examiners (usually one from within the University, one from elsewhere in Australia, and one from overseas) who are required to report that in their opinion:

  • The thesis is a substantial and original contribution to the knowledge of the subject concerned
  • The thesis displays evidence of high quality research
  • The thesis displays evidence of independent critical ability
  • The literary presentation of the thesis is satisfactory
  • A substantial amount of material in the thesis is suitable for publication
Admission to Research Degrees

For information regarding the standard entry criteria for admission to the PhD program please see

An applicant who does not meet the standard Faculty admission criteria may be admitted to candidature for the PhD if they have qualifications that are deemed equivalent by the Dean or Associate Dean. Please contact Dr Rebecca Edwards, School of Economics Postgraduate Research Coordinator with inquiries:

Student Obligations

In the second semester of their candidature, all students must produce and defend a Thesis Prospectus. The prospectus will outline the research topic, its relation to existing literature in the field, the specific questions that the research will address, the proposed intellectual contribution of the study, the hypotheses or propositions to be developed, and the methods that will be employed to establish them. In addition, all students are required to regularly attend the School's Research-in-Progress Seminar and to make at least one annual presentation, beginning in their second year of candidature. Making successful progress annually by handing in the Annual Progress Report to the Faculty Arts and Social Sciences is essential. All students are also required to ensure their enrolments for each semester through their Unikeys. Students can contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for assistance with their enrolments.


Candidature for a PhD is for a minimum of 3 years full time or 6 years part time, and for a maximum of 4 years full time or 8 years part time. This will typically include a probationary period of 12 months.

How to Apply

Apply online

For further assistance with the application process, please contact the Postgraduate Enquiries at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences