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Doctor of Philosophy

This course structure contains information about the units which comprise the course as well as the credit points required to successfully complete it.

The Doctor of Philosophy program comprises a study program of two to three years full-time, or four to six years part-time involving research culminating in the submission of a thesis which makes a significant and original contribution to the area of study. Candidates are expected to participate in seminars and workshops on topics of research and related study areas. A panel of supervisors will oversee the development and progress of the student's research.

A prime requirement is that a Doctor of Philosophy must make a substantial contribuiton to knowledge in a designated field of study. It should show how theory is extended or tested to provide new knowledge. The research methods can be either quantitative or qualitative. The thesis should consist of 75,000-100,000 words. An adapted version of the Doctor of Philosophy thesis should be of a standard that could be suitable for publication in a reputable journal.

Student in the doctoral program are required to make satisfactory progress in each semester for thesis preparation units. Students who do not make satisfactory progress will not be eligle to remain in the course.


Each semester students enrol into thesis unit: AFE7200 at 50 or 100% of the full-time enrolment.

Students are required to continue re-enrolling in the thesis component of their study until the thesis is submitted for examination. Doctoral candidates will normally complete no less than two years and no more than four years of full-time equivalent study by the time their thesis is submitted for examination.

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AFE7200Doctor of Philosophy Thesis 0

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