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Doctor of Philosophy

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Course overview

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a program of supervised original research. It culminates in the submission of a thesis that demonstrates the ability for critical analysis and research that makes a significant and original contribution to the knowledge and understanding of the field of study.

Your research topic

Applicants need to discuss their proposed research topic with an appropriate research supervisor. Please contact us for details.

James Cook University will form an advisory panel comprised of a Primary Advisor, Secondary Advisor and Advisor Mentor to assist HDR (Higher Degree by Research) candidates in their research journey.

Research areas available include: arts, anthropology, social sciences, game design, banking and finance, tourism, psychology, aquaculture, marine ecology, interdisciplinary topics, and other themes can be arranged to meet the needs of candidates.

Campus
Singapore
Start dates
March, July, November
Duration
4 years full-time | 8 years part-time
Study mode
On campus
Intake
Term 1 (January to June) Term 2 (July to December)

Subjects

Study Program

Candidates are required to complete the core subjects before embarking on the thesis component as per course structure below

Course Structure

Core subjects

  • Planning the Research: Doctoral Candidates
  • Situating the Research: Doctoral Candidate
  • Professional Development: Doctoral Candidates

+ One of the below

  • Doctor of Philosophy Research Thesis (Information Technology)
  • Doctor of Philosophy Research Thesis (Management and Commerce)
  • Doctor of Philosophy Research Thesis (Education)
  • Doctor of Philosophy Research Thesis (Society and Culture)
  • Doctor of Philosophy Research Thesis (Agriculture, Environmental and Related Studies)
  • Doctor of Philosophy Research Thesis (Health)

Eligibility & Requirements

Entry Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to undertake research at the Doctoral level by the attainment of at least one of the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with at least Second Class Honours in a degree program that included a total of at least a semester of supervised project work, the results of which contributed to the Honours grade;
  • A postgraduate qualification which included: (a) supervised research component(s) of at least one semester or equivalent and resulted in the production of output(s) graded at the equivalent of Distinction or better, and (b) at least one research methods subject;
  • A Research Masters degree, where at least two thirds of the degree consisted of a supervised research component and resulted in the production of a thesis or equivalent;
  • A combination of qualifications, research training and experience, considered equivalent to the above and deemed appropriate by the university, e.g., senior authorship of at least one peer-reviewed publication plus completion of an appropriate research methods subject.

Note: Candidates who do not meet any of the above may apply for a higher degree pathway offered in the form of the Graduate Certificate of Research Methods and the Graduate Diploma of Research Methods.

English Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 (no component lower than 6.0)/TOEFL iBT 90 (with minimum writing score of 21) /Pearson (PTEAcademic) 64; or
  • Satisfactory completion of James Cook University Singapore English Language Preparatory Program (ELPP) Level 4.
  • Students who have successfully completed 2 years of full-time study in English medium of instruction may satisfy the English Language Requirement

Advanced Standing

A person admitted to candidature on the basis of previous enrolment in a higher degree by research relevant to the proposed Doctoral program may be given advanced standing on a case by case basis.

Attendance Requirements

International students holding a valid Student's Pass are required to attend at least 90% of scheduled classes per month. Failure to attend classes is a breach of the student visa conditions. Being absent from classes for a continuous period of seven days or more, or attendance falling below 90% without valid reasons will result in the student needing to surrender their Student's Pass for cancellation.

Domestic students must attend at least 75% of the scheduled lecture and tutorial activities to be eligible for assessment.

Tuition Fees

Domestic* International
S$122,729 S$128,935

*Fees apply to all Singapore residents (Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents and all pass holders excluding those holding a Student Pass)

Note: All course fees include prevailing 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST)

Download the Higher Degrees by Research brochure here.

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Note: International students in Singapore on a Student Pass are not permitted to work. For more information please visit http://www.ica.gov.sg.

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Disclaimer
Although James Cook University endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.