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PhD and Research Masters degrees

Why a research degree?

Join the next generation of researchers

If you are a high achieving student with an analytical mind and an intrinsic desire for problem solving, a research degree (PhD or Masters) could be the foundation of your exciting career in research.

A research PhD or Masters is the recognised qualification for a career in academia as well as many other diverse and rewarding opportunities in the public and private sectors, domestically and internationally.

Challenge yourself as a Master or Doctor of Philosophy Candidate

As a Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy candidate, you will have the opportunity to use your own problem solving ability to master new skills and make a contribution of new knowledge to your chosen discipline. The chance to immerse yourself in your field and persevere with your research over a number of years will give you an overwhelming feeling of great personal achievement.

Broaden your career options

Research is a growth industry, and gaining a research higher degree will give you a significant advantage in the job market.

The unemployment rate for people of working age in 2006 with a PhD was only 2.2% (Edwards, 2010). The same article suggests that the "total Australian workforce is expected to grow by 16.6 per cent between 2007 and 2020, but the doctorate degree level component of this workforce has a projected 47.9 per cent growth over this time".

A report into research training commissioned by the Australian Government confirmed that the academic population is aging and that the number of young academics coming through will be insufficient to meet the future needs of research in Australia (Bradley, Noonan, Nugent and Scales, 2008).

The option of a career in academia is likely always to remain open for you if you complete a PhD, both immediately after graduation and as you continue to build knowledge and gain experience in your discipline.

Contribute to critical knowledge

Research involves defining and solving problems and constantly striving for improvement in your chosen discipline. We regularly receive feedback from graduates that doing a PhD has given them a real sense of achievement and the feeling of having contributed to something positive for the future.

Develop your passion for research

Graduates frequently report that their research journey was extremely challenging and for that reason, highly rewarding.

Research candidates generally work on their research 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday from January to December with four weeks off for recreational leave usually over the summer period.

Your research is likely to involve several milestones including the development of a research proposal, literature review, confirmation hearing, data collection and analysis, regular progress reporting, and several thesis drafts before the final version is ready for examination.