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Postgraduate research journey

The postgraduate research journey is a guide through the different stages involved in undertaking a Masters by Research, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Professional Doctorate. Use this journey as a reference point for the steps you will need to take, the timelines by which you must complete each step and to identify the help available to you throughout your journey.

Considering a Masters by Research, PhD or Professional Doctorate

What is a Masters by Research degree?

A Masters by Research typically involves one year of research skills development units before embarking on a year-long research program which culminates in the submission of a thesis. Our Masters by Research degrees are generally two years full-time (or the equivalent part-time study), depending on the discipline.

What is a PhD?

A PhD is a significant research degree program culminating the submission of a thesis. This typically involves three years of research which results in the submission of a thesis.

What is a Professional Doctorate?

A Professional Doctorate involves some coursework units and a significant research program that includes the submission of a thesis.

Before you apply

You should discuss your potential research topic and the availability of possible supervisors with the Postgraduate Coordinator prior to submission of an Application for Admission.

University Rules

The Edith Cowan University Rules (Admission, Enrolment and Academic Progress) govern all aspects of admission, enrolment and academic progress through courses at the University.

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