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PhD in Australia

Course overview

A doctorate of philosophy (PhD) involves choosing a specialisation and research on a subject that leads to new knowledge or re-interpretation of existing theories or approaches. Those who complete the course will develop a thorough understanding of the chosen field and its relevant methodologies, as well as the ability to evaluate existing norms critically and presenting them in a concise and clear way. While requirements for PhD programs vary between universities, students are usually required to hold a Master's degree with high academic standing to be considered.

Why get your PhD in Australia?

In addition to a strong reputation of excellence and quality across its higher education and training programs, Australia is known for the quality of life in its cities, with Melbourne ranked third-best to study and Sydney ninth. With world recognised university reputation and highly advanced laboratories, Australia has one of the highest PhD completion rates, as well as a number of scholarship options for international students.

Admission requirements for Australian universities

While requirements may differ across universities, typical key requirements for taking a PhD include:

  • Bachelor’s Degree & Master’s Degree – To apply for a PhD program in an Australian university, a student needs to have completed a 3-4 year minimum graduation degree, along with a 2 years master program.
  • IELTS Exam – To certify your English language proficiency if English is not your native language.
  • Letter of Reference – Reference letters can be from college lecturers, academic professors, or work employers, depending on the university
  • Research Proposal – Your proposal should be feasible, and have a synopsis with enough information for evaluation.

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Cost of study

Study cost in Australian schools varies depending on the course of your choice. While rankings and institution prestige are the common factors that affect the preference of students, it is of utmost importance that fees and overall purpose of study are also taken into consideration.

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Studying in Australia timeline

IDP can walk you through the step-by-step process of studying in Australia. For starters, here’s a timeline you can follow to fast-track your international study journey.

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