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The University of Queensland (UQ)

  • 29% international / 71% domestic

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Doctorate (PhD)

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an internationally recognised graduate research program that will enable you to become an independent researcher.

Key details

Degree Type
Doctorate (PhD)
4 years full-time
Course Code
7501, 0100213
Intake Months
Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct

About this course

With the guidance of an advisory team, you will undertake a research project and produce an 80,000-word thesis and complete an oral examination.

A PhD will take you 3 to 4 years to complete full time and is intended to develop advanced research skills and knowledge in your chosen field.

Your research project will be developed with advice from your advisors and allow you to develop discipline and broader research skills and knowledge.

The thesis is a substantial document that makes and original contribution to the field of research.

You will need a strong academic background and you may need to submit a research proposal and other documents to support your application. About 1,000 PhD candidates join UQ each year researching a wide range of topics.

Research areas

UQ is one of Australia's top research-intensive universities. Our research addresses national and global cultural, environmental, economic and social challenges.

UQ continually builds on its reputation in key research impact areas

of national and international significance.

Learn more about UQ's research impact

Study locations



St Lucia

What you will learn

  • Be inspired and challenged to explore new ideas and develop greater understanding of complex questions with leading researchers.
  • Access premier resources including one of Australia's largest libraries, with more than 2 million physical resources and 116,800+ journal subscriptions.
  • Foster and improve your skills through the Career Development Framework, created with industry.
  • Learn from researchers whose work addresses national and global cultural, environmental, economic and social challenges.