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Do you aspire to become a leader in the field of education or information studies? CSU's Doctor of Philosophy gives you the opportunity to make an original and significant contribution to knowledge in your chosen discipline.

As the highest level of qualification available, a PhD can pave the way for a rewarding career in research or academia anywhere in the world.

  • Why study this course?

    The Doctor of Philosophy allows you to pursue a detailed research investigation in an area of interest and present your findings in a thesis.

    Build your research expertise

    You will design and implement a high-quality original research project of significance to your discipline. Through this process, you will develop a thorough knowledge of scholarly debate in your field and the capacity to critically analyse and constructively contribute to that debate.

    Join the CSU research community

    As a PhD candidate, you will be admitted into a dynamic community of scholars who are dedicated researchers in disciplinary and interdisciplinary areas of research. You will complete your doctorate under the supervision of experienced academic staff with expertise in your discipline.

    Choose a study option to suit you

    The Doctor of Philosophy has been designed with flexibility in mind. You can choose from full-time, part-time, on-campus and online study options, and applications for admission are considered at any time throughout the year.

    Consider applying for a scholarship

    CSU offers a number of merit-based scholarships to help you realise your study or career goals. 

    Doctor of Philosophy by publication

    If you have a significant body of published research, you may be eligible for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy by prior publication. This program enables you to gain formal recognition for your existing research and published material.

  • Career opportunities

    Qualifications at the highest level provide diverse opportunities for career advancement. As a specialist in your discipline, you could work in policy or research roles. Alternatively, you could take up leadership or management positions. Completion of a doctorate also heralds your admission into a community of scholars and can pave the way for a rewarding academic career.

  • Workplace learning

    Working with Children Check

    All teacher education students in Australia must comply with the working with children legislation requirements of the state / country of where their placement is occurring. Students will be required to provide evidence to the Faculty of Arts and Education’s Professional Experience Unit of a Working with Children Check (WWCC) clearance letter prior to undertaking any placement in a school or early childhood service. The checks are intended to identify people who have convictions for such things as violence or sexual offences and who may put clients'/children’s personal safety or health at risk. Traffic violations and other minor offences are not of interest.

    Prospective students should be aware that not passing a Working with Children Check will make it difficult for them to complete a teacher education course satisfactorily because of the unavailability of suitable school or preschool professional experience placements.

    The Working with Children Check expires every five years. You will be required to ensure it remains current and valid to the end of the final placement in the course. Please note that a WWCC can take an extended period of time, so it is recommended that you commence the process early to prevent timing problems. The Australian Institute of Family Studies provides useful information and links relevant to the Australian states and territories. Information on the current Working with Children Check must be uploaded to the student’s information site on InPlace.

  • Subjects
    Residential School

    The Faculty holds a three-day forum each year for all Doctor of Philosophy candidates and their supervisors. While attendance is not compulsory, the forum provides candidates with the opportunity to meet other candidates and members of the Faculty, and participate in workshops on relevant topics. All candidates attending are required to give a short presentation on their research.

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The following field of research (FOR) areas are approved categories of research supervision in the Faculty of Arts and Education: 

    Education Systems Curriculum and Pedagogy Specialist Studies in Education Other Education Library and Information Studies

    Students enrol in one of the following research subjects for the period of their candidature:

    ERT701 Doctoral Research (Education) (Part-time)
    ERT702 Doctoral Research (Education) (Full-time)
    INF701 Doctoral Research (Information Studies) (Part-time)
    INF702 Doctoral Research (Information Studies) (Full-time)

    Enrolment pattern

    No enrolment pattern is specified. Students are advised to contact the Sub-Dean Graduate Studies for relevant information.

  • Admission information

    The Research Advisory Committee (RAC) of the University holds the delegated authority of approval for admission to research higher degree programs. 

    Doctor of Philosophy

    Basis of Approval for Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy
    The RAC shall base its decision on admission to a proposed Doctor of Philosophy candidature upon the following evidence, that:

    * the proposed program of study and research is at a level appropriate to the degree being sought;
    * the  proposed  area of research falls  within an approved University  field  of  research  for  admission  to  a higher degree by research;
    * the proposed supervisors are sufficiently expert in the area of research, and have the time and commitment to be able to provide appropriate supervision, and that adequate physical resources are available;
    * the applicant has the appropriate background and ability to undertake the proposed course (refer also to Entry Qualifications, below);
    * the applicant has given the necessary commitment to work regularly on the approved program of study and research and maintain regular contact with the supervisor(s).

    Entry Qualifications for Doctor of Philosophy Degree
    The entry qualifications required for admission to a Doctor of Philosophy program are:

    * qualified for the award of a Master by Research at an acceptable level; or
    * an appropriate Bachelor degree with class 1 or class 2(i) honours from another Australian university or an equivalent overseas tertiary institution, taken over a minimum of four years (full-time equivalent); or
    * qualified for entry into a Charles Sturt University Master by Research program and duly enrolled and shown exceptional ability in the conduct of a research project which is clearly capable of being extended to a doctoral level; or
    * qualified for the award of a coursework Master's degree with a research component. It is normally expected that a grade equivalent to the appropriate class of Honours will have been obtained; or
    * some other appropriate combination of undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications (such as relevant graduate diplomas) and research experience that demonstrate  capacity  to  undertake  research  at  a Doctoral level.

    Doctor of Philosophy by Prior Publication

    Basis of Approval for Admission to the Doctor of Philosophy by Prior Publication
    The RAC shall base its decision on admission to a proposed Doctor of Philosophy by Prior Publication candidature upon the evidence required for admission to a Doctor of Philosophy and in addition the following evidence:

    i. the publications (which may include books and non-print materials)   that   will   be   included  in   the   submission presented for examination;
    ii. any information  on  the  quality  and  citations  of  the publications to be included in the submission;
    iii. a statement making clear the applicant's contribution to all jointly-authored publications;
    iv. a statement from the co-authors of any jointly-authored publications confirming the extent of the applicant's contribution to these publications;
    v. a statement of no more than five pages that:
    * indicates the way in which the work has developed;
    * demonstrates   the  contemporary   relevance  of  each publication;
    * makes clear the way in which the publications make an original scholarly contribution to knowledge;
    * provides  a  thematic  overview  which  serves  to  link  the individual publications into an integrated whole;
    * confirms the papers have not previously been submitted as part of a degree;
    * a statement indicating whether or not additional research activity  may   be   required   in   order to convert the publications to an integrated whole, and if so, an outline of the necessary work;
    * the  names  of  two  persons  who  are  able  to  provide academic references relevant to the proposed PhD candidature.

    The application for the Doctor of Philosophy by Prior Publication will be subject to external assessment.

    Entry Qualifications for Doctor of Philosophy by Prior Publication Degree
    A candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy by Prior Publication is expected to be an experienced researcher with a significant historical record of refereed publications of doctoral standard. An applicant for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy by Prior Publication shall meet the requirements specified admission to a Doctor of Philosophy program. Admission to candidature will be subject to external assessment.

    An applicant who has already been awarded a PhD will not be admitted to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by Prior Publication.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Scholarships

    Visit the scholarships website for information on Australian Postgraduate Award and International Postgraduate Research Scholarships.

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationUni WideFPPGNYYOEZZ
    DirectDistance EducationUni WideFPOSNYYJEZW
    DirectOn CampusUni WideFPOSNYYIEZZ
    DirectOn CampusUni WideFPPGNYYGEZZ

    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete a thesis (192 points), to the satisfaction of the Research Advisory Committee (RAC).

  • How to apply
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  • About the School

    School of Information Studies

    The School of Information Studies operates from CSU’s Wagga Wagga Campus. It is one of the leading providers of distance education for the information industries and has been educating and researching in the Information and Library Studies field for more than 40 years. Today, well over half of Australia's information and library studies students study at CSU. Teaching staff are world-renowned experts and have strong links with the professions nationally and internationally. Many of our staff have extensive professional experience in industry and continue to be engaged in their field, helping to ensure that what students are learning is based on current practice. CSU’s courses are recognised by relevant accrediting bodies and include areas such as information studies, records and archives management, teacher librarianship, information architecture, audiovisual archiving and applied research.

  • Academic expectations

    For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.

    Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.

    Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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    By research, Full-time: 3 years minimum / 4 years maximum, Part-time: 6 years minimum / 8 years maximum, , Extended – for international students only, Full-time: 3 years minimum / 4 years maximum, , By prior publication, Full-time: 6 months minimum / 1 year maximum, Part-time: 1 year minimum / 2 years maximum


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    By research, Full-time: 3 years minimum / 4 years maximum, Part-time: 6 years minimum / 8 years maximum, , Extended – for international students only, Full-time: 3 years minimum / 4 years maximum, , By prior publication, Full-time: 6 months minimum / 1 year maximum, Part-time: 1 year minimum / 2 years maximum


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