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Postgraduate Research

Doctor of Philosophy


Casuarina campus
Course location
CDU Brisbane, Casuarina campus, Online
Course duration
4 year/s
8 year/s
Course duration
4 year/s
Availability for Admission
Semester 1
Semester 2
International on campus
Semester 1
Semester 2
International online
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Doctor of Philosophy
CDU Central

A candidate for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy shall undertake a program of study and research approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor. The program shall include the presentation of a thesis and/or other work approved by the Committee, embodying the results of the candidates study and research, for examination.

A supervisor or supervisors shall be appointed with the approval of the University and will provide direction and advice to the candidate.

Potential candidates should consult the University's Common Rules - Doctor of Philosophy.

Applicants into this course are required to provide: referees reports, research proposal outline (400-600 words), certified academic transcripts and other supporting documentation.

Potential students should contact the Office of Research and Innovation on ph: (08) 8946 7065 or email: for the appropriate package to be sent to them. This course is not available for electronic admission or enrolment.

The University currently allocates a limited number of fees waiver scholarships. Applicants for this degree may apply.

International applications

English Language Requirements for International Students

For detail on English Language Entry Requirements please read the entry requirements provided for International students.

How to Apply

International applicants apply directly to CDU and should refer to the information provided for International future students Apply.

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email: Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

Admission criteria

You must have completed the equivalent of an Australian Bachelor degree with second class Honours division A, or an Australian Masters degree (with a substantial research component). Alternatively, you may have other qualifications and/or experience equivalent to these degrees.

If you are a domestic student applying for a Masters or PhD program and/or a Scholarship, you will need to attach:

  • A scholarship application form
  • Two referee reports
  • Certified photocopies or a printout of supporting documents including all units/subjects with grades for qualifying degrees
  • Research proposal

If you are a permanent resident, but not an Australian citizen, you are required to supply a certified copy of the relevant pages of your passport as proof of residency status.

If you are an international student, please contact the International Office to enquire about additional requirements for applications.

Contact details to obtain an application kit are:
Domestic students: or phone (08) 8946 7065
International students: or phone (08) 8946 7215.

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 Module A 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 Proficiency A minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Navitas Academic English (will not be accepted from 2021 onwards) Research courses require a minimum overall pass of 65% in Academic English 3 and a 75% pass in the research essay.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic module A 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:


Course structure

The Doctor of Philosophy (IAS) is for students interested in researching topics relevant to the Institute of Advanced Studies.

The types of topics relevant to the Institute are:

Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies
Forestry Studies
Environmental Studies
Other Agricultural, Environmental and Related Studies

Public Health
Other Health

Society and Culture
Political Science and Policy Studies
Studies in Human Society
Economics and Econometrics
Sport and Recreation
Other Society and Culture

Curriculum and Education Studies
Other Education

Schools within the Institute of Advanced Studies include:
Graduate School for Health Practice
Menzies School of Health Research
School for Environmental Research
School for Social and Policy Research

Study plan

A Recommended Study Plan is not required for this course.

Course fees

International tuition fees

The annual tuition fee for full time study of 80 credit points (1.0 EFTSL) for commencing students in 2021 is AUD $31,500.00.
These fees are subject to annual increases each year of your study, 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.

Everything you need to know to apply

How to apply for domestic students

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 ORI Admissions and follow the steps provided.

Everything you need to know to get started

How to apply for international students

Apply to be a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) student at CDU and you will be joining a recognised global leader in research closely tied to the needs of the Northern Territory and the Territory’s Asian and Pacific neighbours.