Doctor of Philosophy

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The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) constitutes an original and substantial contribution to knowledge in an academic discipline.

The PhD provides research training that fosters development of independent research skills including the ability to: formulate a significant problem; master appropriate conceptual and methodological skills; and relate the research topic to a broader framework of knowledge.

Students work closely with their supervisor to prepare a thesis, which is examined by independent experts.

Programme code: AK3518
Level: 10
Points: 360
Duration: 3 years full time / 6 years part time
Venue: City and North Shore campuses
Start date: Anytime

Career Opportunities

It is expected that graduates with a Doctor of Philosophy will have gained the necessary skills and qualifications to follow an academic or research career. Alternatively, their research topic may lead them to a position of expertise in their chosen field. 

Entry requirements

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What this qualification covers

Year One
Students put together a proposal that critically reviews work done in their area of research. This requires a suitable research methodology and a timeframe for completion of the degree. The student is expected to publish one or more papers for a reputed international conference in their chosen area of research.

Year Two
Once students have completed their research proposal, they refine their design by experimentation or field work as appropriate. Data is collected and analysed and the results are published at international conferences. A journal publication is also encouraged at this point.

Year Three

The first semester is spent finalising the experimentation and data analysis. The PhD thesis is written and submitted to the supervisor for feedback. It could take two or three drafts before the thesis is ready for submission and examination.

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