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Doctor of Philosophy

 
Note:

Research degrees are offered on a research training scheme, scholarship or full-fee-paying basis (international). Contact UTS: Health or the UTS Graduate Research School for further details.

location
City campus

Max. duration
4 years full time or
8 years part time

course codes
UTS: C02024v4
CRICOS: 032320G

The Doctor of Philosophy is a research degree requiring an original and significant contribution to knowledge in a defined field of study. It is the traditional path for those wishing to assume leadership positions in research.

This course assists students to complete original research that contributes to knowledge in their field within an international context. A student may construct their thesis by way of a series of related prospective publications during the course of their candidacy. Research at UTS takes place in a dynamic and outcomes-oriented environment. The University attracts students who want to develop their knowledge and expertise within a professional and stimulating framework. When students enrol, they become part of a lively and vigorous research culture, working closely with academic staff and health industry partners.

Being a UTS research student has changed and challenged my thinking and the way I investigate problems.

Course fees

For relevant fee information, are you a Local student or International student

Research Training Scheme

The majority of domestic research degree students are funded through the Research Training Scheme (RTS). Through the RTS, the Australian Government provides a quota of tuition fee exempt places for postgraduate research places to recognised universities.

If you are granted an RTS place, you are not required to pay tuition fees. However, you can still expect to pay the ongoing costs of being part of an academic environment and conducting research. In addition to ongoing costs, you may also be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Scholarships

In addition, research scholarships to the value of $35,000 are available to support living expenses for domestic students to study master's by research and doctoral programs at UTS.

Tuition fee calculations

Tuition fees and RTS load for postgraduate research degrees are charged pro-rata based on the number of days a student is enrolled in each research degree semester and whether the student is enrolled after the research census date.

Tuition fees for international students vary between courses and range from A$19,840 to A$34,080 per year. Tuition fees for postgraduate research degrees are charged pro-rata based on the number of days a student is enrolled in each research degree session and whether the student is enrolled after the research census date.

Tuition fees for international postgraduate research students can be found using fees search.

Tuition fees must be paid in advance each session and are subject to annual increase. Fees for future year(s) published in fees search, whilst unlikely to change, are estimates only. UTS makes every effort to provide up to date future year(s) fee estimates and to limit any changes, however, UTS reserves the right to vary fees for future year(s) at any time.

 

For this course, the cost per session for 2016 is $13420. The expected number of sessions are 8.

All international students should familiarise themselves with the following documents:

In addition to tuition fees, students may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Textbooks and other course materials will also result in additional costs.

For further information on costs related to your study at UTS, visit the international students' tuition fees information page.

Careers

This degree prepares nurses, midwives and health service professionals for leadership positions in teaching, management and research. Opportunities are not limited to Australia and there is the possibility of developing a career on an international level.

Course structure

Course completion requirements

RequirementCredit points
Select one of the following options:0
92984 PhD Thesis: Nursing0
93000 PhD Thesis: Midwifery0
93001 PhD Thesis: Health0
Total0

Course structure explained

Students undertake a research project that may be in a professional or clinical area of the student's choice, or may be of a theoretical nature, addressing gaps in knowledge related to policy or practice. Students choose from a variety of research methodologies with the research approach being determined by the nature of the research undertaken. The research culminates in the production of a thesis for examination. Students are required to undertake a candidature assessment at the end of the first two sessions for full-time students, and at the end of the first three sessions for part-time students. Students work closely with a principal supervisor and a supervisory panel and are required to report on their progress each session.

Additional information

Course duration

The maximum course duration is four years of full-time or eight years of part-time study.

All research students are expected to attend the twice-yearly Research Student Forums and are required to present a seminar during these weeks, twice a year for full-time students and once a year for part-time students.

Full time, mixed Part time, mixed

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised master's by research or bachelor's degree with first or second class honours (division 1), or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate research studies.

Applicants are also required to submit a research proposal and have the agreement of a suitable supervisor at the time of application.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 7.0 overall with a writing score of 7.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 584-609 overall with TWE of 5.0, internet based: 94-101 overall with a writing score of 27; or AE6: Pass; or PTE: 65-72; or CAE: 185-190.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Scholarships, prizes and awards

Scholarships

Prizes and awards

For Health students

UTS: Handbook

See the Doctor of Philosophy in the UTS: Handbook for comprehensive course details.
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