Doctor of Philosophy Edith Cowan University
A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an opportunity to pursue a topic you're passionate about at the highest academic level.
A PhD is an independent, supervised research project that is assessed on the submission of a thesis or creative work and exegesis. This course may be undertaken in any School within ECU, provided there are supervisors available in your proposed research area, and the resources and facilities required to complete your proposed project are accessible. ECU encourages interdisciplinary research that may span two or more disciplines. As a PhD candidate, you will be expected to develop a project that can be completed in three years full-time. You may submit your thesis any time after two years of full-time study, and the maximum course duration for a PhD is four years full-time. A PhD is a significant undertaking, and if enrolled full-time you are expected to commit at least 35 hours per week to your research.
- Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley, South West or Online
- Semester 1: Study part-time Online
- Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley, South West or Online
- Semester 2: Study part-time Online
Students are required to continue re-enrolling in the relevant discipline-specific thesis unit of their study until the thesis is submitted for examination.
For candidates commencing from 2018, the examination process will consist of both a written and oral component.
|Unit Code||Unit Title||Credit Points|
|AGR7200 ^||Doctor of Philosophy Thesis (Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies)|
|ARC7200 ^||Doctor of Philosophy Thesis (Architecture and Building)|
|ART7200 ^||Doctor of Philosophy Thesis (Creative Arts)|
|COM7200 ^||Doctor of Philosophy Thesis (Management and Commerce)|
|ERT7200 ^||Doctor of Philosophy Thesis (Engineering and Related Technologies)|
|ETN7200 ^||Doctor of Philosophy Thesis (Education)|
|HLT7200 ^||Doctor of Philosophy Thesis (Health)|
|INF7200 ^||Doctor of Philosophy Thesis (Information Technology)|
|NAT7200 ^||Doctor of Philosophy Thesis (Natural and Physical Sciences)|
|SCL7200 ^||Doctor of Philosophy Thesis (Society and Culture)|
^ Core Option
PhD Unit Sets you can study in this course
- Communication, Media Studies and Journalism
- Computer Science
- Cyber Security
- Engineering - Chemical
- Engineering - Civil
- Engineering - Computer Systems
- Engineering - Electrical and Electronic
- Engineering - Environmental
- Engineering - Materials
- Engineering - Mechanical and Mechatronics
- Engineering - Petroleum
- Environmental Studies
- Exercise and Sports Science
- Medical Science
- Nursing and Midwifery
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Occupational Therapy
- Paramedical Science
- Performing Arts
- Politics and Government
- Public Health
- Security Science
- Social Science
- Speech Pathology
- Visual Arts and Design
Course Learning Outcomes
- Apply communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions, and cogently present findings of a complex and original investigation to peers and the broader community
- Integrate substantial and systemic understanding of complex discipline knowledge with research principles and methods to demonstrate expertise in the field
- Take responsibility and show initiative for designing and executing original research, demonstrating the capacity to generate new knowledge with intellectual independence.
- Use expert skills and authoritative judgement to adapt and implement research methodologies and conduct a systematic and independent investigation of theory and/or practice at the frontier of a discipline.
Throughout your PhD, you will be supported to develop high-level research and professional skills such as project design and execution; problem identification, definition and solving; critical thinking and analysis; data management; utilising research methods and methodologies; teamwork, negotiation and networking; high-level technical skills in your field; and communicating to different audiences. With the majority of PhD graduates now pursuing careers outside academia, the skills and research training embedded in the PhD assist you to move into a variety of sectors and roles, including management, consulting, commercial R&D, research management, entrepreneurship, public policy, government, finance, technical services, biotech, education, and project coordination/management.