We are proud to offer some of the best PhD and professional doctorate degree programs in Australia, representing groundbreaking research in business, psychology, design, engineering, health, IT, law, science, technology and more.
What is a PhD?
PhD stands for Doctor of Philosophy and is considered the highest postgraduate achievement you can earn.
To complete a doctorate you must produce significant and original research. You’ll develop a critical knowledge and understanding of a particular research area.
A PhD is a doctoral degree with an academic focus. Under appropriate academic supervision, you’ll develop a significant, original piece of research, usually equivalent to 70,000 to 100,000 words.
While a PhD focuses on academic research, a professional doctorate makes a significant and original contribution to furthering professional practice.
A professional doctorate consists of coursework and a thesis of between 70,000 and 100,000 words.
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