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UTS-Industry Doctorate Program

Interested in doing a PhD?

Broaden your career options and study for a PhD with an industry partner!

Does your employer have an industry problem?

  • They can partner with UTS and turn that problem into your PhD research project!

Are you seeking an industry-based research career?

  • Build a strong relationship with potential employer while doing your PhD
  • Grow a professional network with both industry and the academic world

As a PhD candidate in the UTS Industry Doctorate Program (IDP), you will work on an industry research project solving a complex problem.


What is the Industry Doctorate Program (IDP)?

The IDP is a PhD program that aims to prepare you for a research career outside academia and to help increase the innovation capacity of industry. The IDP comprises a number of features:

  • 3–4 year full-time research project, where a UTS PhD candidate is typically based in the partner organisation investigating an industry problem.
  • Academic environment with access to world class researchers, research facilities and infrastructure, in the heart of Sydney’s innovation hub.
  • A specialised Industry Researcher Development Program to support your research and to help develop the professional skills needed to further your career.

What is the Industry Researcher Development Program (IRDP)?

The IRDP provides knowledge and skills to effectively create, plan, negotiate outcomes and deliver on industry projects. It aims to develop strong researchers who are collaborative, enterprising, strategic and entrepreneurial.

Facilitated by a range of research and industry experts, the IRDP will be offered in block mode to enable candidates to work within supportive cohorts. The commitment is approximately 15–20 days per annum, allowing uninterrupted time to be spent on your industry research project.

Following orientation of the UTS research environment, a suite of Business and Professional Modules will be delivered throughout the period of candidature:

  • Collaboration and relationship building
  • Business management
  • Innovation, commercialisation and entrepreneurship
  • Industry engagement/awareness
  • Career planning and management
  • For further details, visit: www.IRDP.uts.edu.au

What are the benefits for UTS-Industry Doctorate candidates?

  • Enhance career options as a researcher in industry
  • Build a strong relationship with potential employer
  • Grow a professional network with both industry and the academic world
  • Opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in communication, innovation, commercialisation and leadership (skills relevant in academia and industry)
  • Attractive scholarship to assist with your full time PhD studies
  • If you are an employee of industry partner, you will continue to receive salary rather than a scholarship

Which industries?

Who can be an industry partner? By industry, we mean any organisation external to UTS. It may be:

  • A private sector organisation (e.g. startups, SMEs and corporates)
  • State owned enterprises (e.g. Sydney Water)
  • Public sector organisations (such as a hospital or emergency service)
  • A non-governmental organisation (NGO), charity or volunteer group
  • Government (local, state or federal)
  • A Government funded research organisation (e.g. CSIRO)

Am I eligible?

Applicants must meet the eligibility criteria for admission to a research degree at UTS. This information can be found in the admissions policy and the relevant course entry in the UTS online handbook.

IDP student profiles

Photo of Courtney SullivanCourtney Sullivan
Doctor of Health
“Networking with industry professionals is one benefit of working on an industry project.”

Photo of Liye SunLiye Sun
Doctor of Engineering
“Working with industry is an important part of engineering research.”


Where can I find more information?

Email grs@uts.edu.au
Phone +61 2 9514 1336