Higher Degrees by Research

Whatever your area of research interest, we have the right degree for you. Across our PhD and MPhil programs we have over 170 degrees to choose from.

PhD degrees and MPhil degrees

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

You will demonstrate the capacity to conduct research independently with a high level of originality and quality. You should uncover new knowledge, either by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative re-interpretation of known data and established ideas. If studying full-time, you will be expected to complete your degree within four years, if you study part-time this may take eight years.

We assesses all applications on a case-by-case basis. For more information on whether this is the right degree for you, check the Eligibility requirements.

Information on the general program principles and structures for UON Doctoral Degrees can be found in the Doctoral Degree (Research) Awards and Programs Schedule. Further information on the progression requirements of HDR degrees can be found on the Major Milestones page.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

You will demonstrate a thorough understanding of the relevant techniques in the field, both by application and an extensive review of the literature. If studying full-time, you will be expected to complete your degree within two years, if you study part-time this may take four years.

We assesses all applications on a case-by-case basis. For more information on whether this is the right degree for you, check the Eligibility requirements.

Information on the general program principles and structures for UON Research Masters Degrees can be found in the Masters Degree (Research) Awards and Programs Schedule. Further information on the progression requirements of HDR degrees can be found on the Major Milestones page.

Studying across universities

We are dedicated to providing quality research training of PhD candidates and enriching the experiences of our PhD candidates while undertaking their chosen field of study. One of the ways we do this is by offering opportunities to study and gain PhD qualifications from UON and a partner university.

Our Dual Award and Jointly Awarded Doctoral Degree Programs allow you to experience multiple research environments and cultural approaches to research. By completing one of these programs you will build a wider research and professional network and enhance your career opportunities and internationalisation skills.

Ready to apply?

Once you’ve chosen the right degree for you the next step is to find a supervisor to help turn your research proposal into a reality.