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The primary aim of CSU's doctoral program is to produce graduates capable of successfully completing research which results in a significant and original contribution to knowledge. We offer high level, supervised, research training which fosters the development of independent research skills and scholarly analysis.

  • Why study this course?

    In choosing the Doctor of Philosophy, students are admitted to a dynamic academic community of scholars within the Faculty who are dedicated researchers in a variety of disciplinary and inter-disciplinary areas of research. The degree gives you the opportunity to make an original and significant contribution to knowledge in your discipline area. It also allows you to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the scholarly debate relevant to your chosen field, and a capacity for both critical analysis of, and constructive contribution to, that debate.

    The design and delivery of the course offers students study flexibility; flexibility of study location, either on campus or distance education using online resources and tools, as well as a choice of either part-time or full-time study. The Doctor of Philosophy has a minimum full-time duration of three years and applications for admission are considered at any time throughout the year.

    To qualify for the award, candidates will be required to submit a thesis embodying the results of their research.

    Students with a significant body of published research may also be eligible for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy by publication, enabling them to gain formal recognition for their existing research and published material.

    Graduates will have demonstrated the capacity to:
    • design and implement at a high level of originality and quality, either an original research project(s) of significance to a discipline or cross-disciplinary field
    • present a substantial and intellectually coherent thesis or dissertation for submission to external examination against international standards.

  • Career opportunities

    The Doctor of Philosophy is a qualification that can be used in the pursuit of an academic career within a university.

    PhD graduates also gain employment in private and public sector organisations in senior research positions.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

     The following field of research (FOR) areas are approved categories of research supervision in the Faculty of Business:

    Accounting, Auditing and Accountability
    Financial Accounting
    Management Accounting

    Applied Mathematics
    Applied Mathematics not elsewhere classified

    Applied Economics
    Agricultural Economics
    Environment and Resource Economics
    Industry Economics and Industrial Organisation

    Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
    Adaptive Agents and Intelligent Robotics
    Computer Vision
    Neural, Evolutionary and Fuzzy Computation
    Pattern Recognition and Data Mining
    Simulation and Modelling

    Business and Management
    Human Resource Management
    Industrial Relations
    International Business
    Organisational Behaviour
    Organisational Planning and Management
    Business and Management not elsewhere classified

    Distributed Computing
    Distributed and Grid Systems
    Web Technologies

    Information Systems
    Computer-Human Interaction
    Information Systems Management

    Marketing
    Consumer-Oriented Product or Service Development
    Marketing Management (incl., Strategy and Customer Relations)
    Marketing Theory
    Marketing not elsewhere classified

    Subject Enrolment
    In consultation with the Course Coordinator, students will enrol in one of the following research subjects during the period of their candidature:
    ACC701  Doctoral Research (Part-time)
    ACC702 Doctoral Research (Full-time)
    ECO701 Doctoral Research (Part-time)
    ECO702 Doctoral Research (Full-time)
    ITC701   Doctoral Research (Part-Time)
    ITC702   Doctoral Research (Full-Time)
    MGT701 Doctoral Research (Part-time)
    MGT702 Doctoral Research (Full-time)
    MKT701 Doctoral Research (Part-Time)
    MKT702 Doctoral Research (Full-Time)

    Enrolment pattern

    No enrolment pattern is specified. Students are advised to contact the Sub-Dean (Graduate Studies), Faculty PhD Coordinator, or Supervisor for relevant information.

  • Admission information

    The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of the University holds the delegated authority to approve admission to a research higher degree programs. 

    Doctor of Philosophy

    Basis of Approval for Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy
    The RAC shall base its decision on admission to a proposed Doctor of Philosophy candidature upon the following evidence, that:

    • the proposed program of study and research is at a level appropriate to the degree being sought;
    • the  proposed  area of research  falls  within  an  approved University  field  of  research  for  admission  to  a higher degree by research;
    • the proposed supervisors are sufficiently expert in the area of research, and have the time and commitment to be able to provide appropriate supervision, and that adequate physical resources are available;
    • the applicant has the appropriate background and ability to undertake the proposed course (refer also to Entry Qualifications, below); and
    • the applicant has given the necessary commitment to work regularly on the approved program of study and research and maintain regular contact with the supervisor(s).

    Entry Qualifications for Doctor of Philosophy Degree
     

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

    • qualified for the award of a Master by Research at an acceptable level; or
    •  an appropriate Bachelor degree with class 1 or class 2(i) honours from another Australian university or an equivalent overseas tertiary institution, taken over a minimum of four years (full-time equivalent); or
    •  qualified for entry into a Charles Sturt University Master by Research program and duly enrolled and shown exceptional ability in the conduct of a research project which is clearly capable of being extended to a doctoral level; or
    • qualified for the award of a coursework Master’s degree with a research component. It is normally expected that a grade equivalent to the appropriate class of Honours will have been obtained; or
    • some other appropriate combination of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications (such as relevant graduate diplomas) and research experience that demonstrate  capacity   to   undertake   research   at   a Doctoral level.

    Doctor of Philosophy by Prior Publication

    Basis of Approval for Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy by Prior Publication
    The RAC shall base its decision on admission to a proposed Doctor of Philosophy by Prior Publication candidature upon the evidence required for admission to a Doctor of Philosophy and in addition the following evidence:

    1. the publications (which may include books and non-print materials) that will be included in the submission presented for examination;
    2. any information  on  the  quality  and  citations  of  the publications to be included in the submission;
    3. a statement making clear the applicant's contribution to all jointly-authored publications;
    4. a statement from the co-authors of any jointly-authored publications confirming the extent of the applicant's contribution to these publications;
    5. a statement of no more than five pages that: 
    • indicates the way in which the work has developed;
    • demonstrates   the  contemporary   relevance  of  each publication;
    •  makes clear the way in which the publications make an original scholarly contribution to knowledge;
    • provides  a  thematic  overview  which  serves  to  link  the individual publications into an integrated whole;
    • confirms the papers have not previously been submitted as part of a degree;
    • a statement indicating whether or not additional research activity  may   be   required   in   order to convert the publications to an integrated whole, and if so, an outline of the necessary work;
    • the  names  of  two  persons  who  are  able  to  provide academic references relevant to the proposed PhD candidature.

    The application for the Doctor of Philosophy by Prior Publication will be subject to external assessment.

    Entry Qualifications for Doctor of Philosophy by Prior Publication Degree
    A candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy by Prior Publication is expected to be an experienced researcher with a significant historical record of refereed publications of doctoral standard. An applicant for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy by Prior Publication shall meet the requirements specified for admission to a Doctor of Philosophy program. Admission to candidature will be subject to external assessment.

    An applicant who has already been awarded a PhD will not be admitted into the Doctor of Philosophy by Prior Publication.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees are relevant for 2016 only and are subject to change in future years. Tuition fees quoted do not include the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

    In some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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    Tuition costs
    Fee-paying place
    3000*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    As a fee paying student, the Australian Government does not contribute towards your study costs. You pay a tuition fee for each subject you undertake.

    Options:

    1. Defer your payment using a FEE-HELP loan, which is repaid through the taxation system once your income reaches a certain threshold
    2. Pay your tuition fee up-front each session

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about fee-paying places

    Distance education students receive one free textbook per subject.

    On campus (onshore) study mode
    3300*Tuition fee per 8 point subject
    Distance education (offshore) study mode
    3300*Tuition fee per 8 point subject

    * Fee for students commencing study in 2016.

    More information about international student fees

  • Scholarships

    CSU offers a range of scholarships to PhD students. Scholarships are available to full-time students that include both a living allowance and tuition payment. For part-time students, tuition fee free placements are available. 

    Scholarship applications normally open in early September, with a closing date of 31 October.

    Find out more.

  • Course details

    Enrol type
    Course title
    Mode
    Campus
    Fee type
    Session 1
    Session 2
    Session 3
    Admission code

    Direct

    Doctor of Philosophy

    Distance Education

    Uni Wide

    FPPG

    Y

    Y

    Y

    OBZY

    Direct

    Doctor of Philosophy

    On Campus

    Uni Wide

    FPPG

    Y

    Y

    Y

    OBZZ

    Direct

    Doctor of Philosophy

    Distance Education

    Uni Wide

    FPOS

    Y

    Y

    Y

    JBZZ

    Direct

    Doctor of Philosophy

    On Campus

    Uni Wide

    FPOS

    Y

    Y

    Y

    IBZZ

    Direct

    Doctor of Philosophy (By Prior Publication)

    Distance Education

    Uni Wide

    FPPG

    Y

    Y

    Y

    OBPH

    Direct

    Doctor of Philosophy (By Prior Publication)

    On Campus

    Uni Wide

    FPPG

    Y

    Y

    Y

    GBPP

    Direct

    Doctor of Philosophy (By Prior Publication)

    Distance Education

    Uni Wide

    FPOS

    Y

    Y

    Y

    JBPH

    Direct

    Doctor of Philosophy (By Prior Publication)

    On Campus

    Uni Wide

    FPOS

    N

    Y

    Y

    IBPP

    Direct

    Doctor of Philosophy (By Prior Publication)

    On Campus

    Uni Wide

    FPOS

    Y

    N

    N

    NT-120

    Direct

    Doctor of Philosophy (Extended)

    On Campus

    Uni Wide

    FPOS

    Y

    Y

    Y

    IBZE

     

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete a thesis (192 points), to the satisfaction of the Research Advisory Committee.

  • How to apply
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    CRICOS Code(s)

    016829A (Uni Wide)

    Thinking of deferring?

    Find out more about deferral

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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