Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Swinburne University of Technology

Course details

CRICOS course code: 064191C

Level of study: Postgraduate

Summary

As a Doctor of Philosophy candidate you will undertake supervised research with the aim of making a significant and original contribution to a discipline or profession.

This program is suited to applicants who: have some prior research experience; are interested in a pursuing a career in research; have a desire to make an original contribution to research in a particular field; have a naturally inquiring mind and a desire to know more; wish to gain an internationally recognised qualification; want to enhance their employment opportunities.

Research areas include: Education, Politics and History, Philosophy, Media and Communications, Sociology, Languages (Chinese, Japanese, Italian), Indigenous Studies, Film and Television, Animation, Urban Economics, Urban Sociology, Human Geography, Demography, Social Policy and Urban Planning.

Course structure

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is generally completed over a period of four years full-time or eight years part-time. Candidates undertake research, which may be pure, exploratory, experimental and/or creative, and are required to submit a written research thesis, a written research thesis including associated papers, or an artefact with an accompanying exegesis. The examinable outcome will normally be equivalent to 70 000 to 100 000 words. Where the examinable outcome takes the form of a thesis, it is acknowledged that thesis length can vary according to the nature of the work and the discipline.

Throughout your candidature you will receive guidance and support from your research supervisors. You will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of research training sessions on topics such as thesis writing, publishing and presenting.

Aims and objectives

The Doctor of Philosophy program has the objective of producing graduates with the capacity to conduct research independently at a high level of originality and quality. Graduates will demonstrate a capacity to design, conduct and report sustained and original research. While the research is conducted under a supervisor students are expected to demonstrate the ability to work independently.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
31,720 Per Year Oct 2022
Nov 2022
Dec 2022
4 years
Full time
Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus
John Street
Melbourne Victoria 3122
Australia

Entry criteria

Applicants must have completed at least four years (or equivalent) of tertiary education studies in a relevant discipline at a high level of achievement, and must have been approved for the award of the degree(s) for which they studied.

A high level of achievement is defined as the equivalent of a four year Swinburne Honours degree that includes a significant research component in the fourth year, leading to an Honours degree class 1 (average grade between 80-100) or class 2A (average grade between 70-79) level.

Four years of tertiary studies can be demonstrated by the completion of any of the combinations of qualifications below, at the required standard of achievement: a bachelor degree (three or four years) and a Masters by Research; or a bachelor degree (three or four years) and an Honours year; or a bachelor degree (three or four years) and a Masters by Coursework; or a bachelor degree (three or four years) and a postgraduate diploma in Psychology; or a bachelor degree (four years) in an approved discipline.

English language requirements

International applicants must provide evidence of one of the following:

minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 (Academic Module) with no individual band below 6.0 or a TOEFL iBT (internet-based) minimum score of 79 (with a reading band no less than 18 and writing band no less than 20); or Pearson (PTE) 58 (no communicative skills less than 50) no longer than 24 months before submitting your application

satisfactory completion of Swinburne’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Advanced level certificate at the postgraduate level (EAP 5: PG-70%)

successful completion of a total of 24 months (full time equivalent) of formal study where the language of instruction and assessment was English at AQF level 7 or above (or equivalent) at an approved university no longer than 60 months before submitting your application.

Address

Swinburne University of Technology
Hawthorn Campus
John Street
Melbourne Victoria 3122
Australia
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