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CD62 - Doctor of Philosophy - Sciences, Engineering and Health

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Career Opportunities

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) qualification 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.

Course Overview At A Glance

Program at a glance
Duration 4 years full-time, 8 years part-time 
Availability/Campus Contact Domestic - BDG; BNE; EMD; GDC; GLD; MEL; MKY; NSAHB; ROK; SYD; External
International - BDG; GLD; MKY; ROK; External
Courses/Units of Credit not applicable
Faculty Interdisciplinary
How to Apply

direct to the Office of Research (at any time of year)

Entry Requirements

please refer to the entry requirements section

Professional Accreditation

not applicable

Residential School

not applicable

Practicum/Work placement

not applicable

Exit Awards not applicable
Interim Awards not applicable
Post Nominal PhD 
Be What You Want To Be Phone: 13CQUni (132786); Enquire: Admissions
CRICOS Codes 058808C - QLD (International students holding student visas can not study externally whilst in Australia.)

Program Aims

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a program of supervised research and study leading to the submission of a thesis which makes a significant original contribution to knowledge. The program is governed by the Program Rules for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy which provide details regarding all aspects of admission, progression, submission and examination of the thesis. 

Program Structure

To complete the program, a candidate will normally study for an expected period of 4 years (full-time) or 8 years (part-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 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, or part-time.  Mode of attendance shall be determined at admission or re-enrolment.

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;
  • 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; and
  • Veterinary Studies.

Courses Offered

A course listing is not applicable to this program

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