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About the program

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) must be significant original research. During the course of the degree the candidate will further develop their specialist knowledge and have deep methodological capacity. Depending on the field of specialisation, the degree culminates in an 80,000-word thesis. A Doctor of Philosophy is an internationally recognised research degree and is a pathway to an academic or research career. Show more

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) must be significant original research. During the course of the degree the candidate will further develop their specialist knowledge and have deep methodological capacity. Depending on the field of specialisation, the degree culminates in an 80,000-word thesis. A Doctor of Philosophy is an internationally recognised research degree and is a pathway to an academic or research career.

Each faculty offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree. For further information, click on the menu items below. Show less

ModeOn Campus
DurationMaximum of 48 months/4 years
Starting semesters
  • January 2018
  • May 2018
  • September 2018
  • September 2017
Program typeDoctorate by Research
Study areaActuarial Science, Architecture and Built Environment, Business and Commerce, Communication and Creative Media, Foundation Programs, Health Sciences, Hotel and Tourism, International Relations and Humanities, Law, Medicine, Social Sciences, Psychology and Counselling, Sport
Program code
CRICOS code063150J
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: sbc@bond.edu.au

The annual program fees for the Doctor of Philosophy are:

  • $34,644
  • $35,856

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than if you went to another university.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

Program Code:  BN-13051

About the program

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program offer by the Bond Business School develops independent research skills and the ability to relate a specific research topic to a broad framework of knowledge. The program places a major emphasis on independent inquiry, a thorough understanding of domain specific knowledge, competence in research methodologies and on the ability to communicate research results.

Professional outcomes

The program provides you with the research skills for academic careers in the university sector or for roles in research-intensive organisations.

Structure and subjects

The Doctor of Philosophy dissertation should be a major, substantially original, theoretical or empirical study of an issue pertaining to the student’s major field of study. Students are expected to work closely with staff and be exposed to the research activities of the staff and other students. It would not be uncommon for the student and the supervisor to be co-authors in publications resulting from the student’s dissertation.

Doctoral candidates may be required to successfully complete at least three research methodology subjects, including qualitative and quantitative analysis, in the first year of candidature. A confirmation of candidature process occurs at the end of the first year of enrolment to evaluate progress and suitability to continue in the degree.

Each student will be supervised by two appropriately qualified academic staff. The Faculty is responsible for approving the student's dissertation proposal prior to the examination process.

Entry requirements

Applicants for the Doctor of Philosophy are normally required to have a minimum first or upper second class undergraduate Honours degree (equal to at least a grade point average of 80%); Masters (Honours) degree; Masters by Research degree, with major studies in a relevant subject area; and/or corresponding demonstration of research capacity.

Masters coursework degrees or MBA degrees do not normally satisfy academic requirements for direct entry into the doctoral program; however, a suitably completed thesis component may be considered. Doctoral students shall be admitted as full-time only and are expected to study on-campus throughout their candidature.

Program Code:  CC-63027

About the program

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a program of significant original research. During the course of the degree the candidate will further develop their specialist knowledge in the field, and become highly skilled with deep methodological capacity. Depending on the field of specialisation, the degree culminates in a final written thesis. The Doctor of Philosophy is an internationally recognised research degree and is a pathway to an academic or research career.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Health Sciences and Medicine) allows you to undertake supervised research studies in one or more of the Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine's research areas and groups.

Potential areas for research opportunity include:

  • Anatomy
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Genetics
  • Health Professions Education
  • Immunology
  • Indigenous Health
  • Medical Ethics
  • Medical Research
  • Neuroscience
  • Physiology/Pharmacology
  • Physiotherapy
  • Public Health
  • Sports and Exercise Science
  • Sports Management
  • Stem Cells
  • Urology

Bond University research students have access to the specialist expertise of our internationally published academics as well as state-of-the-art facilities.

Related courses

Professional outcomes

The Doctor of Philosophy (Health Sciences and Medicine) provides you with research expertise as well as transferable skills that will prepare you for both academic and executive careers in academia, research and industry.

Graduates at this level will have expert, specialised cognitive, technical and research skills in a discipline area to independently and systematically generate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution to a discipline or area of professional practice.

Information for prospective students

Before seeking to apply, prospective PhD students must seek contact with a potential supervisor. Applications will only be considered for enrolment where a supervisor is available. The proposed research must fit within the Faculty’s strategic research plan and within an area of Faculty expertise. Once a potential supervisor has been sourced, the following information is required in order for applications to be assessed:

  • A detailed thesis proposal.
  • University academic transcripts for all studies to date (undergraduate and postgraduate). If not already in English, these documents must be translated and certified by the translating body.
    University grading scale if applicable – the grading scale may be found on the reverse of the university academic transcript.
    A Certificate of Completion (Degree/Diploma) is required if the transcript does not indicate that the degree has been awarded/conferred. Both certified translated and untranslated copies of both transcripts and Certificate of Completion should be provided.
  • A resume detailing previous work and study history.
  • Two written references which should cover the candidate’s abilities, key personal attributes and capabilities (a minimum of one external reference excluding Bond University will be required).
  • International students previously instructed in a language other than English are required to provide certified translated and untranslated copies of both transcripts and Certificate of Completion.
  • Applicants whose previous study was not completed in one of the countries listed where English is considered a first language, must provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language.  For details please visit: English Language Proficiency Requirements
  • A budget proposal for all research supplies. A budget template is available by emailing hsmresearch@bond.edu.au

For any enquiries, please email: hsmresearch@bond.edu.au

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

The minimum requirements for this program is a University Bachelor's Degree with Honours (First Class or 2A) or a research Master's Degree in a relevant discipline, with evidence of the ability to conduct supervised research; or a qualification or combination of qualifications deemed to be equivalent by the Faculty Research Committee.

English language proficiency requirements

Applicants whose previous study was not completed in one of the countries listed where English is considered a first language, must provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. For details please visit: English Language Proficiency Requirements.

How to apply

Research applicants for Bond University will need to complete an Expression of Interest Form.

Program Code:  LA-43039

About the program

The Doctor of Philosophy offered by the Faculty of Law program is a research higher degree awarded for a substantial thesis, which is a significant and original contribution and original to the knowledge or understanding of an aspect of law. The PhD will display the capacity of the student to carry out independent research at the appropriate level.

Work experience & internships

Internships and work placements are available with permission from the Faculty.

Professional outcomes

This doctorate qualification in law provides you with the research skills for academic careers in the university sector or research roles in law or related fields.

Structure and subjects

The duration of a full-time PhD candidature must be not less than 24 months and not more than 48 months. Half-time candidates must be enrolled for not less than 48 months and not more than 96 months. In each case, Academic Senate, in special circumstances, may extend the period of candidature to a total not exceeding 7 years.

There is no residence requirement under the PhD program. However, it is common for doctoral students to spend two semesters at Bond at the beginning of their candidature, and a further semester when writing the final draft of their thesis. The supervisor must be satisfied with the progress of individual candidates who should determine, in consultation with their supervisor, any periods during which they will not be in residence at the University. Certain periods in residence are essential for candidates to progress in their research under appropriate supervision.

All postgraduate students who wish to present a dissertation or thesis must submit a preliminary written proposal on the dissertation or thesis topic, together with an outline of the research methodology to be used, for the consideration of the Associate Dean Research. The Associate Dean Research will consult with potential supervisors, who may discuss the proposal with the candidate before a formal appointment is made.

Supervision

The Associate Dean Research will formally appoint a supervisory team to supervise the work. The candidate and the supervisors will then finalise the appropriate thesis topic. This may require considerable refinement of the initial proposal. It is expected that there will be considerable discussion between the candidate and the supervisors. This is particularly important in the initial research stage, as each chapter or section is finalised and while the thesis as a whole is finalised.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have:

  • Completed a Master of Laws degree from a recognised university; or
  • A bachelor of Laws or Juris Doctor degree with an Honours average of at least 75  per cent or an equivalent grade elsewhere; or
  • At the Associate Dean Research’s discretion, the applicant may also be required to provide documented evidence of prior successful completion of a research exercise or course of study sufficient to convince the Associate Dean Research that the candidate has the appropriate level of experience in research methodology and relevant research skills.

In exceptional circumstances and by approval of the Higher Degree Research Subcommittee, an applicant may be admitted with qualifications or experience that, on the recommendation of the Associate Dean Research, are equivalent to or are a satisfactory substitute for either of the qualifications prescribed in this section.

Admission is on the basis of an approved research proposal and availability of appropriate supervision.

Program Code:  HS-23073 or BN-13053

About the program

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs offered by the Faculty of Society & Design are purely research only. Prior to formal application, intending applicants need to give consideration to the specific research topic they wish to investigate. This should be determined in consultation with a member of the academic staff of the Faculty to see whether the Faculty can provide the appropriate supervision. The candidate must be familiar enough with the relevant research area to be able to undertake specialised study in that field.

Statement of research interest

Prior to formal application, applicants need to give consideration to the specific research topic they wish to investigate. After consultation with a member of academic staff, the applicants for the PhD should write a brief statement (1000-1500 words) indicating the area in which the research is to be conducted. This statement should include: a proposed topic; prior research conducted by the applicant that relates to the proposal; previous publications by the candidate that relate to the proposal; literature references that provide relevant background; possible research methodologies (where relevant); and the name of a potential supervisor within the Faculty.

Professional outcomes

The Doctor of Philosophy program provides students with the necessary research skills for academic careers in the university or research sector, or professional employment.

Structure and subjects

Under normal circumstances, the minimum duration for the PhD program is 2 years full-time or 4 years part-time. Maximum duration is 4 years’ full-time, 8 years’ part-time.

The first year (or equivalent) of PhD candidature is probationary.

Regular meetings with a supervisor are required; so candidates are normally expected to reside in Australia.

Your thesis submitted for examination must be between 80,000 to 100,000 words in length, and written in English.

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements for admission is:

  • A four year (eight semesters) honours degree- First Class or 2A; or
  • A research master’s degree ; or
  • A qualification or combination of qualifications deemed to be equivalent to the above by the Higher Degree Research Committee.

Candidates who have completed more than nine months of a master’s by research and who meet the requirements for admission to PhD candidature may apply to be admitted to confirmed PhD candidature. In successful cases, the PhD candidate will be considered to have begun at the time of commencement of the research master’s degree.

English language proficiency requirements

Prospective candidates for whom English is not a first language must be able to demonstrate proficiency in English as specified by the University’s English language requirements.

Credit for prior study

Transfer credit is not available for this program.