Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
A PhD is a research degree which generally requires at least three years of full-time study (or the part-time equivalent) beyond a Master degree of a superior standard and inclusive of a substantial research component. A Bachelor degree with a superior grade of honours may lead to acceptance into a PhD program. The PhD is a thesis-based research degree. A student may be required to undertake research training as part of the PhD program. The PhD research and the resulting thesis are an independent supervised systematic advanced level investigation into a significant question or related questions, problems or phenomena. The thesis must make an original and substantial contribution to knowledge.
The Professional Doctorate seeks to improve the relationship between professional and academic knowledge. In particular, it aims to generate a research-based approach providing answers to questions relevant to the professions or industry and encouraging a systematic way of collecting, analysing and interpreting data.
Consequently, prospective students must seek the support of a relevant professional body/employer/industry group in defining the research area to be explored.
Each candidate will be assigned University-based supervisors who will provide support and academic guidance throughout the coursework and research components of the degree. Academic supervision will be complemented with mentorship by an expert, familiar with the intended topic area, who will come from the industry or profession relevant to the student's research area. The professional mentor and research supervisors will continue to mentor and direct the candidate throughout the research phase and up to the point the thesis is put forward for examination.
The research component of a Professional Doctorate equals approximately two thirds of a PhD. All theses are assessed through external examination.