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4 year/s full-time
8 year/s part-time
4 year/s full-time


Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - Semester 1, Semester 2
Online - No


Alice Springs campus, CDU Brisbane, Casuarina campus, Online
Alice Springs campus, CDU Brisbane, Casuarina campus

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Doctor of Philosophy, or PhD, candidates undertake a novel and significant program of research, under the direction of two or more supervisors. The candidates then communicate the results of this research in a thesis or another approved format. To facilitate their research and their career, candidates also need to complete additional training and other activities in line with the HDR Policy


Domestic Students

Domestic students incur no fees, as these are covered by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. You may also be eligible for an extra stipend payment to assist with your living costs while you complete your research project. Learn more about domestic scholarships.

International students

International students do have to pay fees to undertake a research degree at CDU, however scholarships are available to reduce these fees. Learn more about international scholarships.

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study is AUD $31,500.00. This equates to $3,937.50 per 10 credit point unit (0.125 EFTSL).
These fees are subject to increases annually, effective at the start of each calendar year.

You can find a list of International fees and payments you can expect to pay as part of your studies in Australia.

CDU offers a number of scholarships to international students to assist with the cost of study.

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Why study at CDU?

Study a postgraduate course at Charles Darwin University to upskill at work, fast-track your career, increase your job prospects or explore a new interest. We offer flexible study options so you don't have to put your life on hold while you learn.

  • #1 Australian uni for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Top 100 university globally for quality education
  • Our graduates enjoy higher than average employment rates and starting salaries

What will I study?

PhD Candidates complete a research project, usually over 3 to 4 years. During this time, they must also complete

Course structure

> additional training around research integrity, research methods, communication, personal development, and career development
> a research proposal and oral presentation to confirm their candidature
> a second oral presentation midway through their candidature
> a third oral presentation towards the end of their candidature
> a thesis, usually comprising 60,000 to 100,000 words

Instead of a thesis, some candidates may complete a creative output, such as a film, novel, or exhibition, as well as an exegesis or explanation of this work, usually comprising 30,000 to 50,000 words.

Study plan

Recommended Study Plans are not required for this course.

Entry requirements

Admission criteria

To be eligible, you must have completed

  • the equivalent of one semester of research activity, such as a thesis, at a Masters level
  • the equivalent of one semester of research activity at an Honours or Graduate Diploma level and achieved a distinction or higher overall
  • comparable levels of research, such as scholarly publications

You must also plan to conduct research that is compatible with the research priorities and resources of this University. When you apply, you must submit a research proposal, comprising 500 to 1000 words. The research priorities of this University tend to revolve around

  • tropical, regional, and remote health - including nursing, midwifery, and allied health
  • environmental studies
  • energy, resources, and engineering
  • social and public policy in Northern Australia and the region
  • community resilience
  • cybersecurity and IT
  • business and law
  • education

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email:


I wanted to pursue my HDR under the mentorship of leading malaria researchers. Menzies School of Health Research, a fundamental part of CDU, is highly known for its impact in infectious disease research, not only in Australia, but also globally.


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Dr Damian Oyong

Course details

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Doctor of Philosophy
CDU Central
Area of study

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on: 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

Domestic applications

All applications for this course are submitted to the Office of Research and Innovation (ORI) at Charles Darwin University. Applicants should refer to the information provided at "How do I apply?" on the ORI webpage and follow the steps provided.

CRICOS codes

Alice Springs campus
CDU Brisbane
Casuarina campus

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