The Doctoral Degree qualifies individuals who apply a substantial body of knowledge to research, investigate and develop new knowledge, in one or more fields of investigation, scholarship or professional practice.
Research degree candidates are driven by naturally inquiring minds, and have a passion to solve problems and advance humanity. A research degree allows you to conduct your own, unique research, and produce new knowledge and expertise that is innovative, relevant, and enlightened.
Research degrees equip graduates with the transferable skills and attributes necessary for challenging and diverse roles in industry, government and business, as well as in research and academic organisations.
At the University of Tasmania, a research degree is a true mark of endeavour, providing you with the training and skills necessary for a career in academia and beyond.
A Doctor of Philosophy produces individuals who can apply a substantial body of knowledge to research, investigate and develop new knowledge in one or more fields of investigation, scholarly expertise or professional practice.
The Degree provides candidates with skills that include the capacity to formulate a significant problem and to develop mastery of appropriate conceptual and methodological practices.
Candidates will acquire advanced specialist research training and provide evidence for independent thought and critical analysis, effective communication and expert knowledge of the discipline within a broader framework of knowledge in the international context.
At the University of Tasmania candidates are encouraged to demonstrate academic leadership, increasing independence, creativity and innovation in their research and are supported in their acquisition of a wide range of advanced and transferable skills.
Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will have:
cognitive skills to demonstrate expert understanding of theoretical knowledge and to reflect critically on that theory and practice
cognitive skills and use of intellectual independence to think critically, evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, undertake systematic investigation and reflect on theory and practice to generate original knowledge
expert technical and creative skills applicable to the field of work or learning
communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions
communication skills to present cogently a complex investigation of originality or original research for external examination against international standards and to communicate results to peers and the community
expert skills to design, implement, analyse, theorise and communicate research that makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge and/or professional practice
In Australia and around the world, Doctor of Philosophy graduates are highly regarded as potential employees.
The Doctor of Philosophy is a demonstration of a candidate's ability to conceptualise and implement an independent program of research, manage a project, organise resources, work and cooperate with colleagues and communicate effectively in writing at a high level. As a result, PhD graduates have the opportunity to pursue diverse career paths, including professions in research and academia, as well as a broad spectrum of professions in the public and private sector.
A Bachelor's degree with upper second class Honours or better from a recognised tertiary institution.
A research Masters degree with at least two-thirds of the degree comprising a thesis; or
A coursework Masters degree or graduate diploma which includes a research project or thesis of 10,000 to 20,000 words (must equate to a minimum 25% research component of the entire degree); or
A qualification at a level from another tertiary institution considered equivalent by the Dean.
IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) - 6.5 (6.5 for writing and speaking and no other band less than 6.0 (academic module))
TOEFL (Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language) - 92 (26 in writing and speaking, and 20 for reading and listening)
PTE Academic 58 - 58 (58 for writing and speaking with no other score lower than 50)
UTAS Access Level 7 English Language Training - 65 (65 for writing and 65 for speaking and no other test score less than 60)
CAE (Cambridge Advanced English) - B (Equivalent to the Council of Europe level (CEFR) of C1 or above)
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