The Industry Doctorate Program (IDP) is a formal 3-4 year PhD program that prepares you for a research career outside academia.
As an IDP candidate, you will work closely with an industry partner to solve a real-world challenge impacting your partnering organisation or the sector in which they operate. You will also receive academic supervision through UTS’s world-class research community and have access to leading facilities and infrastructure on the UTS campus.
Features of the IDP
As well as building strong research skills, you will develop the capacity to be collaborative, enterprising, strategic and entrepreneurial in professional industry environments.
You will gain:
- industry experience that will enhance your career options
- strong relationships with prospective employers
- a professional network with both industry and academic contacts
- knowledge and skills in communication, innovation and commercialisation
- access to scholarship funding to assist with your studies.
About the IDP
Who is the IDP for?
The IDP is for anyone interested in undertaking an industry-based PhD qualification with a view to working in industry after graduation. You could be an employee of the partnering industry organisation, or someone interested in a specific industry sector.
Note: If your current employer has a complex problem they’d like to address, they can partner with UTS and turn that problem into your PhD research project. In this case, you will continue to receive a salary rather than a scholarship.
Development for IDP students
UTS has developed a tailored support program specifically for IDP students. The Industry Researcher Development Program (IRDP) provides knowledge and skills to effectively create, plan, negotiate outcomes and deliver on industry projects. The commitment is approximately six days per year.
To be considered as an IDP candidate, you must meet the admission requirements for a standard UTS PhD in the relevant student category (domestic or international).
Before applying for the IDP, you should meet with potential academic supervisors in the faculty or research centre most closely aligned with your project. You should also identify a partnering industry organisation in which your PhD project can be based.
Once you’ve completed these steps, you can then contact GRS for advice on facilitating the IDP process.
IDP Student Conference Fund
Read about the Industry Doctorate Program (IDP) Student Conference Fund.
How to apply
Once you have identified an academic supervisor and an industry partner, you can apply via the UTS Online Application System. Don't forget to answer ‘Yes’ to the question ‘Are you applying for an industry doctoral program?’