The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree provides training and education with the objective of producing graduates with the capacity to conduct research independently at a high level of originality and quality.
A PhD candidate will uncover new knowledge either by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative re-interpretation of known data and established ideas.
Philosophy at Western
The award of a PhD is a recognition of successful research experience of international standard in the discipline.
Doctorates are completed within 3 years full-time candidature, with a maximum enrolment of four years full time, or part-time equivalent.
Candidates undertake their independent research under the expert guidance of a panel of supervisors.
Fees and delivery
Fees: As a Domestic (HDR) student you are usually provided with a funded government place under the Research Training Program.
As a PhD student this place is a maximum of four and half years full time.
As a Masters Honours student this place is a maximum of two and a half years full time.
There are overtime fees for Higher Degree Research studies where RTP and Western Sydney University funded EFTSL has been exceeded.
Fees: Fees vary depending on area of study. Please see our International Research Fee Schedule for more information.
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As a philosophy research graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in:
- Business and Industry
- Community and Non-Government Organisations
Academia involves being a Lecturer and/or Tutor as well as undertaking world-class research in philosophy. As a teaching academic you prepare and deliver lectures and conduct tutorials in one or more subjects within a prescribed course of study and conduct research in philosophy.
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The tuition fees quoted above are the fees for the normal full-time study load of the course (80 credit points) per annum. International students will be subject to a variable fee regime; i.e. enrolled students will be required to pay fees during their course based on the approved fee for each calendar year. Fee changes (if any) will occur at 1 January each calendar year. Students who extend their course past the normal finish date of the course will be required to pay additional fees based on the prevailing fee level. Western Sydney University is a multi-campus institution. The University reserves the right to alter the location of its courses between campuses and other locations as necessary. Students should be aware of the possibility of change of location for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol and should plan for the need to travel between Western Sydney campuses.