Doctor of Philosophy (Health Studies)


Doctor of Philosophy (Health Studies)


The course includes the following awards:

Doctor of Philosophy PhD


Doctor of Philosophy (Science - By Publication) (4905SP)

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Online - Uni Wide

Availability is subject to change, please verify prior to enrolment.

Period of Candidature

Duration for a Higher Degree course is defined in terms of Minimum/Maximum Period of Candidature.

Please consult the Higher Degree by Research Policy: Enrolment and Progress for specific information for Higher Degree duration.

Admission Criteria

CSU Admission Policy

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

Admissions Policy: PhD, PhD by Prior Publication and Master by Research 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);
  • 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 an 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 completed a minimum of 4 years full-time equivalent study, 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 Masters degree with a research project and thesis/dissertation 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:

  • the publications (which may include books and non-print materials)   that   will   be   included  in   the   submission presented for examination;
  • any information  on  the  quality  and  citations  of  the publications to be included in the submission;
  • a statement making clear the applicant's contribution to all jointly-authored publications;
  • a statement from the co-authors of any jointly-authored publications confirming the extent of the applicant's contribution to these publications;
  • the names of two persons who are able to provide academic references relevant to the proposed PhD candidature;
  • 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;
    • includes 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.

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 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 to the degree.


CSU Credit Policy


Graduation Requirement

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 192 points.

Course Structure

Students will work with their supervisory team to complete all aspects of their research project. The supervisory team will be comprised of one principal supervisor and at least one co-supervisor who are both permanent academic staff at Charles Sturt University. Supervisory teams may include additional co-supervisors who are adjuncts and/or external to CSU with appropriate qualifications. All supervisors will be required to meet minimum qualification and professional experience standards and have been formally registered on the CSU Supervisor Registry.

Under the guidance of their supervisors, students will determine an appropriate area of study that aligns with the Facultys designated fields of research, where appropriate, gain ethics and other approvals, conduct a detailed research investigation, and write and submit a thesis for examination.

Students are also required to complete and submit a formal research proposal that has been reviewed and endorsed by a review panel and approved through the School-based endorsement of candidature process. This will normally be required to be completed within the first year of full-time equivalent enrolment. Students will also be required to engage with University progress reporting requirements as advised by the Research Office on admission. Additional requirements and conditions of enrolment, probation and progress may be applicable to individual students.

PhD by Prior Publication
Under the guidance of their supervisors, students will demonstrate extensive, high quality, peer-reviewed research, write an integrating essay or chapter, and additional materials as deemed necessary and relevant by the supervisors, and submit this together with their publications for examination.

Enrolment Pattern

Students will be enrolled in a single 192-point subject for the duration of their degree. The subject code will be determined according to the School in which students are enrolled within the Faculty of Science.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: February 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.