PhD Degree


PhD Degree

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Doctoral Degree (typically 3 years study) in Australia
Australia is a very popular country in which to commence studies. Around 50% of all international students from over 80 different countries are studying at Australian universities. Master and PhD Students and their dependants can apply for permission to work after their course commences, and are allowed to work full-time whilst the course is running.


During semester breaks, international students are allowed to work full-time. If you are completing a Masters degree or a Doctorate, family members have unrestricted work rights too. To keep a student visa the student must maintain 80% attendance and fulfil all course requirements.

The terms 'University' and 'Degree' are protected in Australia so that only institutions, which meet Australia's rigorous quality assurance processes, are allowed to use these titles. Under the Australian Qualifications Framework, all universities that are registered have approximately 4000 formal agreements with universities around the world. Some Australian universities concentrate on traditional areas of learning, whilst others are more vocational. All combine tuition with research.Tuition fees vary between AU$30,000 and AU$40,000 per year. Unfortunately, student loans are not available for international students. We provide multiple programs free of charge for international students, should they appoint us as their agent. Simply submit your application to us. Students receive free of charge information on Australian education institutions. Either select your courses and study locations or ask for more information. Based on this, students will receive a list of institutes that are best suited for them within a short period of time.

Research Excellence

Students at Australian universities are taught by academics recognised internationally for quality research. Australian universities are leading producers of new and critical ideas, and are major participants in international research projects and initiatives. Australia has produced six Nobel Prize Laureates in the natural and medical sciences and one for literature. And it remains at the forefront of such challenging fields as biotechnology, solar power, drug design and astrophysics, as well as those enterprises only now beginning to emerge, such as nanotechnology and artificial intelligence.

The Australian Government invested $5.7 billion in universities and other major research organisations in 2000. Through the Backing Australia's Ability initiative, $2.9 billion will be invested over the next five years to fund research that will stimulate economic and scientific innovation. Over $140 million will be spent over the next five years to establish Federation Fellowships. The fellowships aim to recruit world-class researchers to Australia, with up to five of the fellowships each year awarded to high-profile non-Australian researchers from overseas. More than 25 per cent of international students in Australian universities are enrolled at the postgraduate level. There are 35 special Research Centres and Key Centres of Teaching and Research based at Australian universities undertaking high-level research and providing a diverse range of undergraduate, postgraduate and specialised professional education courses in a variety of fields. Another 63 Cooperative Research Centres which foster joint research between universities and private industry.

How to apply for a postgraduate degree by research

If you want to be admitted to research-only PhD programs you can apply at any time of the year. There are several steps to follow:

Contact a graduate research coordinator in the appropriate school to get all the information you need related to the specific area of research.