Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Education or Social Work


Management of higher degree by research (HDR) candidatures and thesis examinations will move to the HDR Administration Centre in mid January 2016 and details provided on this site will be amended at that time. Students and staff will be notified about the changes via email. We thank you for your understanding and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Course requirements

Direct admission

At the end of the first 12 months of full-time study (or the part-time equivalent) candidates must present an extended thesis proposal (8000–10,000 words) for approval by their thesis committee. This proposal should include a critical review of relevant literature and an outline of the student's proposed methodology. Upon completion of this probationary period, the faculty will review the candidate's work and shall either confirm the candidate's status or terminate the candidature.

Pathway A

Students in this category must obtain a grade-point average of at least 70 per cent in their probationary period.

At the end of the first 12 months of full-time study (or the part-time equivalent) candidates must present a thesis proposal (8000–10,000 words) for approval by their thesis committee. This proposal should extend the research proposal presented in the candidate's original application and should include a critical review of relevant literature and an outline of the student's proposed methodology. Candidature will be confirmed once the coursework (see above) has been satisfactorily completed and the thesis proposal has been approved by the student's thesis committee. (See note 2.)

Notes

  1. A thesis or dissertation that is based solely on a review of the literature is not acceptable for direct admission to the PhD.
  2. The final decision regarding acceptance of the thesis proposal rests with the student's thesis proposal committee. If the candidate does meet all of their probationary requirements, they will be required to change candidature to the MPhil degree.
  3. With the approval of the candidate's supervisors and the relevant Postgraduate Research Coordinator, candidates may replace a research unit with a further graduate level unit of study.


Course convenor

Associate Professor Ruth Phillips