PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

PhD candidates are required to make a significant and original contribution to a discipline or profession by submitting one of the following, equivalent to 70,000 – 100,000 words:

  • a written research thesis
  • a written research thesis including associated papers
  • an artefact, such as a creative work or design product, with an accompanying exegesis (critical explanation).

As a PhD candidate, you're expected to:

  • conduct independent research of high originality and quality
  • independently conceive of, design, conduct and complete a research project or program
  • develop a critical knowledge and understanding of the research area and methodological approaches
  • communicate convincingly with clarity and relevance to appropriate audiences.

Partnered and offshore PhD Programs

Our Partnered and offshore PhD programs allow you to complete your research degree jointly at Swinburne and at an international or Australian partner university.

Entry requirements

Students wanting to enrol in a research degree at Swinburne must have a demonstrated ability to undertake significant research in a defined area of interest.

Research ability may be demonstrated in a variety of ways. When applying to undertake a higher degree by research, you must:

  1. comply with Swinburne's English language requirements
  2. have met one of the minimum entry requirements listed in one of the study areas (further down the page) or demonstrate equivalent prior learning and research experience as set out in Swinburne’s required standards of achievement and research experience.

Graduate Certificate of Research and Innovation Management

As part of your Doctor of Philosophy program, you will concurrently earn a Graduate Certificate of Research and Innovation Management (GC-RESIM).

You will complete the coursework (two core units and two electives) alongside your PhD program. Course material is delivered via both online units and on-campus workshops. The assessments for core units are embedded within existing PhD milestones to avoid disruption.

This course will expose you to various industry practices within your chosen field, and provide you with a wider range of career options, and has been designed to enhance the experience, career prospects and employability of PhD students through innovative research training.

Research training