Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Society and Culture

Victoria University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 084121G

Level of study: Postgraduate

Summary

Become a leading researcher of social and cultural practices. Contribute positive changes to public policy and social methods through your original and important PhD in Society & Culture.

PhD in Society & Culture program

Studying towards a doctoral degree in society and culture lets you explore, in-depth, an area that you are passionate and curious about. You’ll learn best-practice research methods in social and cultural studies, and use these to complete an original thesis at the forefront of its field.

We offer several research areas with associated research institutes and centres. In these, students and staff make important discoveries and contribute influential ideas. We also have connections with community and government organisations that let you embed your research in real-world scenarios.

You’ll graduate with the high-level skills to collect, analyse and present data and evidence. You’ll present your findings in a variety of contexts, including your thesis, journals and public presentations. Career opportunities include working in academia, government or local-community settings.

Our research focus

VU offers expertise and guidance in several specialised research areas.

Our main research themes in society and culture are community resilience, live able and inclusive cities, cultural diversity and wellbeing, and community, identity and displacement. You can choose your research topic from several areas within these themes that can combine different disciplines, including creative arts, youth studies, Indigenous studies, migration and refugee studies, reducing social harms including social and political violence, and legal studies.

During your PhD you’ll receive support from subject experts, and contribute to important studies that influence public policy. You will also have access to the latest data visualisation technologies through our Social Technologies Lab.

Course structure

The PhD is a research based degree with a maximum duration of 4 years (full time) and 8 years (part time).
As well as enrolling in Research Thesis units Doctor of Philosophy (Science) students will be required to complete two coursework units, ROP8001 and ROP8002.

An average result of 70% is required in the compulsory coursework units in order to proceed to candidature confirmation. Ongoing progression is subject to policy and procedures for candidature management as per the VU HDR Policy.

Course structure and units

Coursework Units

Conceptualising and Contextualising Research

Unit code ROP8001

Research Integrity and Ethics

Unit code ROP8002

Society and Culture (Full-Time)

Unit code ASC8900 Credits48

Careers in social and cultural organisations

Following your PhD, you’ll be ready for a research career in government or community organisations, or to become an academic. Government and community roles include policy and planning.

  • policy and planning managers
  • university lecturers

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
28,000 Per Year
Read more14,000 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.
Feb 2022
Jul 2022
4 years Full time St Albans Campus
McKechnie Street
Melbourne Victoria 3021
Australia
28,000 Per Year
Read more14,000 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.
Feb 2022
Jul 2022
4 years Full time Footscray Nicholson Campus
Corner of Nicholson and Buckley Streets
Melbourne Victoria 3011
Australia
28,000 Per Year
Read more14,000 per semester; This fee is for 2019 and it may subject to change for the coming year.
Feb 2022
Jul 2022
4 years Full time Victoria University
Footscray Park campus
Ballarat Road
Melbourne Victoria 3011
Australia

Entry criteria

Entry into a research program (postgraduate study) requires completion of: an honours degree, or a masters degree by coursework with a research component, or an equivalent qualification from an approved university.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic module): Overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)

TOEFL Internet: Overall score of 79 (Listening 19, Speaking 19, Reading 18, Writing 22)

Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score of 58 (no section score less than 50)

University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Overall score of 176. No individual band less than 169.

VU English - English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 6): Achieved

Address

Victoria University
Footscray Park campus
Ballarat Road
Melbourne Victoria 3011
Australia
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