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Doctor of Philosophy - Arts, Humanities and Education

DURATION: 4 years full time

LOCATION: Bundaberg, Gladstone, Rockhampton, Emerald, Mackay

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a program of supervised research and study that may be undertaken in a range of fields. Your research will lead to the submission of a thesis that makes a significant original contribution to knowledge. This contribution can be in the form of new knowledge or of significant and original adaptation, application and interpretation of existing knowledge. The program is governed by the program rules for masters degrees by research, which provides details regarding all aspects of admission, progression, submission and examination of the thesis.

What am I studying?

Humanities, psychology and social work are areas of study that focus on human society, individuals and their relationships, human culture and the contemporary world. They explore how humans recognise, record and debate human practises, meanings and values, including the human condition and how society operates.

More specifically, humanities, psychology and social work incorporates disciplines such as psychology, social work, writing, history, geography and environment, as well as professional communication and journalism leading to a diverse range of careers.  Study in humanities, psychology and social work develops life long skills such as critical thinking, research and investigation, communication, design and planning which can assist in all careers and in day-to-day life, in fact,   many of Australia’s politicians have studied similar programs. 

Why Study Doctor of Philosophy - Arts, Humanities and Education at CQUni

CQUniversity offers programs in humanities, psychology and social sciences in the areas of arts, professional communication, social work, psychology and human services.

These programs are dynamic and diverse,providing a solid basis for a range of career options. Our programs assist in developing your critical-thinking skills, oral and written communication techniques, research ability and capacity for further independent study.

Work experience and practical projects have also been integrated into many of our programs to ensure that your learning is relevant to your chosen career and provides you with the skills you will need in the workforce.

Our lecturers and academics are leaders in their respective fields and bring a wealth of practical knowledge and real-life experience from which you can learn. Our programs have been designed as a way to launch your career or to allow you to pursue specialist postgraduate studies and higher research degrees, which are also offered at CQUniversity.


You may be considered for admission to candidature for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy if you:

  • have been awarded a masters degree either by research or with a substantial element of research work within it, from a University or any other approved institution; or
  • have qualified for the award of a bachelors degree in an appropriate discipline with first-class or second-class honours conferred by a university or any other approved institution; or
  • hold qualifications from an institution of tertiary education, which are deemed to be equivalent to either of the two points listed above.

Career Opportunities

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) qualification is highly regarded in research roles or in jobs where highly specialised knowledge is required.  It is normally a prerequisite for a permanent academic position in many universities. A PhD is the penultimate academic degree that can be undertaken.

Program Structure

Areas of Study

  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Communication Technologies
  • Curriculum and Education Studies
  • Journalism
  • Language
  • Literature
  • Performing Arts
  • Studies in Human Society
  • Teacher Education
  • Tourism
  • Other Creative Arts
  • Other Education.

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