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Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated)

Course code J42

The Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) is a research degree commencing with a cohort-based foundation year of research preparation followed by an independent, supervised research project.

The subjects covered in the first year support the development of the research project and include generic research training and discipline-specific units. These provide you with strategies for a successful research journey, appropriate research design and methodology, timely completion, and effective writing and communication skills. You must achieve an overall weighted average mark (WAM) of 70% in the first year of research preparation in order to continue into the thesis component of the course. A PhD(I) may be undertaken in a variety of areas 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 multiple research fields and Schools. We encourage you to view the Research Activity pages of the School websites for ECU’s areas of research focus.

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

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Course code

J42

Fees

The Australian Government's Research Training Program provides tuition fee offsets for domestic students who are enrolled in Higher Degree by Research courses.

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Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

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Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT PT FT PT
Mount Lawley FT PT FT PT
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

J42

CRICOS code

085717D

Fees

International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $34,300

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup FT FT
Mount Lawley FT FT
South West
Online FT PT FT PT
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

See Course Details for further information.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley or Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley or Online

Semester availability

Semester 1: Study full-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley or Online

Semester 1: Study part-time Online

Semester 2: Study full-time at Joondalup, Mount Lawley or Online

Semester 2: Study part-time Online

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit TitleCredit Points
For candidates commencing from 2018 the examination process will consist of both a written and oral component.
RES5115Research Preparation: Principles and Approaches20
WRS6000Writing and Reading Skills for Researchers20
PRO6000Research Project 120
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
CPR6100Communicating and Promoting Research20
PRO6110Research Project 240

Students must achieve an overall weighted average mark (WAM) of 70% in the first year of coursework in order to continue to the thesis component of the course.

Year 2 - Year 4
Unit Code Unit TitleCredit Points
Each semester students enrol into the relevant discipline specific research thesis unit at 50% or 100% of full-time enrolment.
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)
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

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

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Course notes

Important course notes

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. 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.
  2. Integrate substantial and systemic understanding of complex discipline knowledge with research principles and methods to demonstrate expertise in the field.
  3. Take responsibility and show initiative for designing and executing original research, demonstrating capacity to generate new knowledge with intellectual independence.
  4. Use expert skills and authoritative judgement to adapt and implement research methodologies and conduct systematic and independent investigation of theory and/or practice at the frontier of a discipline.

Fees and Scholarships

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If you're a domestic student enrolled in a Higher Degree by Research program, you won't be required to pay tuition fees. The Australian Government provides domestic students with tuition fee offsets under the Research Training Program (RTP) for up to 4 years full-time (or equivalent) for Doctoral studies.

Note The RTP covers your tuition fees only. You will still be required to pay all other non-tuition fees applicable to your course, such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee.

AUD $34,300 *

* International students - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, and has been calculated based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for each individual unit you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you’ll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

ECU has a scholarship program that provides many opportunities each year to students undertaking studies here.

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Career Opportunities

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 prime 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.

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Student
stories

  • "Writing, rewriting and more rewriting!"
    Danica Lee Larcombe
    Danica-Lea LarcombeIntegrated PhD candidate (Biodiversity and Human Health)

    The skills I have learnt while studying the Integrated PhD have assisted with my research proposal, literature reviews, data analysis and grant writing.

    My ethics application helped with recruitment of participants and surveys. I've also learnt how to develop and analyse complex surveys.

    I've attended many workshops run by GRS and found them invaluable. And the GRS SOAR centre helped when I experienced issues designing my surveys.

    My greatest challenge has been multitasking between data analysis, writing literature and coordination of participants. Also writing, rewriting and more rewriting!

    In the future I want to work with developers and government, and continue writing and teaching about the importance of nature to human health.

  • "There are so many highlights to studying an Integrated PhD at ECU"
    Lea Beatty
    Lee BeattyIntegrated PhD (Education) student

    Becoming a member of the ECU research community and having the opportunity to meet, work alongside, and get to know PhD students from across all Schools is a real benefit of the coursework component.

    I also love how much my general knowledge has increased. Not only have I received training and experience to assist me with undertaking a PhD, but I now have a broad knowledge of research-related industry, business and the media.

    Finally, I’m enjoying how welcoming and inspirational the School of Education staff are. The genuine interest that the academic staff have in my research and their willingness to share their expertise makes undertaking an Integrated PhD at ECU an absolute privilege.

  • "I would like to become a professor and strength and conditioning coach"
    Yosuke Kotani
    Yosuke KotaniIntegrated PhD candidate (Exercise Science)

    I got a masters degree in the United States, but had no research experience before I came to ECU. I wanted to pursue my PhD under Dr. Haff and Dr. Nosaka, plus ECU is ranked 13th in the world in the field of exercise science.

    The first year of the Integrated PhD really helped me to gain research skills such as writing, reading, presenting, and skills needed for experimentation. My supervisors have been devoting so much of their time to assist me to gain these skills.

    In the longer term, I would like to become a professor and strength and conditioning coach at the university and to coach elite athletes.

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