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Doctor of Philosophy - Business and Informatics

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 possible fields. Your research will lead to the submission of a thesis, which 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 the Degree of Doctor Philosophy, which provides details regarding all aspects of admission, progression, submission and examination of the thesis.

What am I studying?

Research is an integral component of CQUniversity's purpose.  There is a strong commitment to the conduct of cutting-edge research in new areas which challenge the boundaries of the traditional disciplines to provide distinctive research opportunities and solutions for staff, candidates and sponsors.

The Associate Dean (Research and Innovation) is responsible for the management of the Faculty's research portfolio by planning and monitoring the Faculty's directions and activities in research and postgraduate research training.

Why Study Doctor of Philosophy - Business and Informatics at CQUni

CQUniversity business programs provide you the opportunity to combine study with work and lifestyle by offering either on-campus or distance education study options in either full-time or part-time modes. 

Each of the business programs at CQUniversity have been developed in consultation with, and are regularly reviewed by industry professionals, ensuring they remain up-to-date and meet the latest industry standards and expectations.  As a business student, you will benefit from real case studies, in-class discussions and online forums led by highly qualified lecturers and academics.  Our comprehensive and practical programs mean you will graduate work-ready, qualified and equipped to succeed within your chosen career path.

CQUniversity’s IT programs recognise the impact of IT on all aspects of our day-to-day lives.  We offer a wide range of study options leading to traditional IT qualifications, as well as specialist areas such as aviation technology and multimedia studies.

Each of our programs is monitored and upgraded to ensure they stay current, are at the leading edge of new developments and in line with the latest industry practices.  We also have a host of new IT projects coming online, so there has never been a better time to enjoy the benefits that CQUniversity offers and boost your prospects for a successful career in IT.


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) qualificaiton is highly regarded in research roles or where highly specialised knowledge is required.  It is a prerequisite for a permanent academic position in many universities.

Program Structure

To complete the program, a candidate will normally study for an expected period of 4 years (full-time).  New applicants may apply at any time of the year and continuing candidates will be re-enrolled at the beginning of each academic year. The research courses in which doctoral candidates enrol are ungraded. Candidates who may be required to complete prescribed courses will be enrolled in a separate program (CP20).

Discipline-specific course codes are allocated according to the faculty and discipline in which the candidate is undertaking their research.  Within each course code, provision is made to identify the mode of attendance as full-time.

Areas of Study

  • Accounting
  • Business management
  • Economics and econometrics
  • Sales and marketing
  • Other business.


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