Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy is a higher degree obtained after a period of study primarily devoted to an extensive research project, culminating in the submission of a thesis. The aims, objectives and learning outcomes are as follows:


Graduates will have undertaken a programme of independent supervised study that produces significant and original research outcomes culminating in a thesis for independent examination by at least two external expert examiners of international standing.


The research in the programme of learning will be conducted over a period of at least two year and typically this will constitute two-thirds or more of the qualification. The programme may also include advanced coursework or training to enhance the capacity of the student to make a significant contribution to knowledge in the discipline studied.

Learning outcomes are (as demonstrated in the AQF level 10 criteria and MQF doctoral level):

1. Knowledge

Graduates will have a systematic and critical understanding of a substantial and complex body of knowledge at the frontier of the discipline of study.

2. Skills:

Graduates will have expert, specialized cognitive, technical and research skills to independently and systematically

  • engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation,
  • develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge or professional practice
  • disseminate and promote new insights to peers and the community
  • generate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution to a discipline of study

3. Application of knowledge and skills:

Graduates will apply knowledge and skills to demonstrate autonomy, authority, judgment, adaptability and responsibility as an expert and leading practitioner or scholar

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