Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences

Up to 4 years full time/8 years part time (part-time study options available)
Parkville campus
Available to Domestic and International students
Semester 1 & 2 entry
Course CRICOS code: 006670B

The PhD is an internationally recognised and highly transferable qualification designed for graduates to demonstrate academic leadership, independence, creativity and innovation in their research work.

The Melbourne School of Health Sciences is a preeminent centre in health sciences research, and part of a leading international university with a tradition of excellence in research and research training. Undertaking the PhD can broaden your career pathways, developing you as a researcher and enhancing leadership opportunities in your specialty practice area.  

Under the supervision of health sciences academic staff, students complete a thesis of approximately 80,000–100,000 words over a maximum period of up to four years full-time. 

PhD graduates build expertise in their specialist area, acquiring a wide range of advanced and transferable skills. 

Graduating with a PhD marks a student’s admission to the community of health scientists and scholars. 

Research projects are available in the discilines of: audiology, nursing, optometry, physiotherapy, speech pathology or social work.

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Entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences



This course is supported by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP). Under the RTP, domestic students are exempt from tuition fees for the normal duration of the course. This exemption is valid for up to four years for students enrolled in a doctoral program and up to two years for a research master’s degree. More details on RTP and other fees you may need to pay.

Research Training Program (RTP) only. Australian fee-paying places not available

Credit/Advanced standing

If you have completed post-secondary study, you may be eligible for credit/advanced standing towards your studies at the University. Find out more