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Doctor of Philosophy

Charles Sturt University’s Doctor of Philosophy offers graduates who have an excellent academic record and proven research skills the opportunity to conduct research at a level that is going to contribute to the knowledge base of their discipline.

Generous Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) scholarships are offered for this course, with applications closing on 31 October in the year prior to entry. Applicants with an excellent proposal and a strong CV, or enrolled students who are progressing well, may be awarded an AGRTP scholarship that covers course fees and gives a tax-free stipend. 

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  • 3 years full-time
  • 6 years part-time
  • Online (Distance Education)
  • On campus – Canberra


Applications with the area of research interest clearly stated may be lodged at any time during the academic year. Initial contact with the Course Coordinator is highly advisable.


The entry qualifications required for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy program are:

  • a relevant Bachelor degree at Honours Class 1 or Honours Class 2 Division 1; OR
  • a relevant Master by Research; OR
  • enrolled in a Charles Sturt University Master by Research program and has demonstrated exceptional ability in the conduct of a research project which is clearly capable of being extended to a doctoral level; OR
  • a relevant coursework Master’s degree with evidence of research at a Distinction level or above; OR
  • other qualifications acceptable to the Faculty of Arts and Education and the Research Advisory Committee.

Students should contact the course coordinator or potential supervisor to discuss possible research topics. Students wishing to undertake research in an area strategically aligned with a designated University Research Centre should also contact the Director of that Centre.

In accordance with the University’s Higher Degree by Research regulations, students will be assigned an appropriate supervisor who will assist the student to develop a research proposal and title for the research project, and guide the student during the research process and thesis preparation.

Each student will be allocated one of the following research subject codes, in which the student will enrol for the period of his or her candidature:


Subjects are listed in both their full-time and part-time modes, where 701 = part-time and 702 = full-time.

As the highest level of qualification available, a PhD could pave the way for a rewarding career in research or academia anywhere in the world.

A Doctor of Philosophy in Theology opens up teaching and research careers, chaplaincy opportunities, and leadership positions in church and parachurch organisations.

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