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Doctor of Philosophy - Sciences, Engineering and Health

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 masters degrees by research, which provides details regarding all aspects of admission, progression, submission and examination of the thesis.

What am I studying?

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a program of supervised research and study leading to the submission of a thesis that has made a significant original contribution to the knowledge of a subject area by a substantial contribution to knowledge in the form of new knowledge through discovery or in an original application of existing knowledge by the exercise of independent critical thinking.

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.


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 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

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 PhD 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

  • Aerospace Engineering and Technology
  • Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies
  • Behavioural Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Building
  • Chemical Sciences
  • Civil Engineering
  • Earth Sciences
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology
  • Engineering Technology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Fisheries Studies
  • Human Movement
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Technology
  • Medical Studies
  • Mental Health
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies
  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Political Science and Policy Studies
  • Process and Resource Engineering
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Sociology
  • Studies in Human Society
  • Veterinary Studies


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