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Doctor of Philosophy (Natural and Physical Sciences)

University of Tasmania
Program overview
Full time
Doctorate / PhD
Scholarships available
English
Start dates
Burnie
36,200 AUD
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Launceston
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Program description

Doctor of Philosophy (Natural and Physical Sciences)

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.

A research degree is an advanced study program that gives you an opportunity to deeply explore a topic of your choice and the expertise of their supervisors. To find an expert in your field of interest, see the Web Access Research Portal (WARP) site.

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.

Course Objectives

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 will fulfil the skill requirements in the ;Australian Qualification Framework for this degree and the University of Tasmania expects all graduates of a Doctor of Philosophy to meet its Generic Attributes.

Admission requirements

Applicants should apply after finding a potential supervisor and discussing and agreeing on their proposed topic. An applicant may propose their own research project or apply for one of our available PhD projects.

Applicants will be considered who have:

  • 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.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website


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Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Qualification

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge

Graduates of a Doctor of Philosophy will be able to:

  • Make an original and substantial contribution to knowledge of a subject within or across academic disciplines or areas of professional practice;
  • Demonstrate a systemic and critical understanding of a substantial and complex body of knowledge of a subject within or across academic disciplines or areas of professional practice; and
  • Demonstrate a detailed understanding of applicable techniques for research and advanced academic enquiry.

Skills

Graduates of a Doctor of Philosophy will be independent researchers able to:

  • Evaluate the appropriateness and usefulness of various perspectives, methods and processes in research projects;
  • Independently and systematically develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge or professional practice;
  • Expert technical and creative skills applicable to the field of work or learning; and
  • Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise new and complex ideas;
  • Work collaboratively in a team, recognising the need for and value of complementary expertise/skill sets, and work productively with other people; and
  • Communicate orally and in written form sufficient to publish and present their work, and communicate ideas and conclusions clearly and effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

Application of Knowledge

Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will have the knowledge and skills to be able to:

  • Undertake research with autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility as an expert and leading practitioner or scholar.
  • Understand and apply the social and ethical implications of research and appropriate professional behaviour consistent with the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and other relevant guidelines.

Career opportunities

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.

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University of Tasmania

Tasmania is a place unlike any other.  Our island is a living laboratory where environment, industry and society are uniquely connected.  With 45% of the island being National Park or World Heritage listed it is a stunning place to get...


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