Ph.D. in Australia

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Why Study in Australia?

  • As per QS World University Rankings 2018, 5 Australian universities figure in the top 50 list – The Australian National University (Rank 20), The University of Melbourne (Rank 41), The University of New South Wales (Rank 45), The University of Queensland (Rank 47), The University of Sydney (Rank 50) and a total of 7 universities is in the top 100 list
  • Australia provides globally renowned and recognized programs, most accredited by AACSB and EQUIS.
  • Presence of Innovative Research Universities (IRU) – A collaboration of seven newly­-founded universities, focusing on pioneering research work, teaching and research activities. The universities are Charles Darwin University, Flinders University, Griffith University, James Cook University, La Trobe University, Murdoch University, Western Sydney University
  • Presence of Australian Technology Network (ATN) – A group of universities dealing with and aiming to increase industrial and enterprise partnerships, along with establishing the Industry Doctoral Training Centre. The universities are University of Technology Sydney, RMIT University, University of South Australia and Curtin University.


Top Universities

  • University of Melbourne
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Queensland
  • RMIT University
  • University of Western Australia
  • University of Adelaide
  • University of Sydney
  • The University of New South Wales
  • Monash University


Powerful Reasons to Study in Australia

Top Quality Education Affordable Education Immigrant Friendly Destination Strong Employment Prospects
Strong in research; exposure to hands-on experience on working on cutting edge/capstone projects Affordable Tuition and Living Costs Attractive Post-Study Work Options Extensive Job Opportunities
Go8 universities; highest PhD completion rates High Standard of Living Permanent Residency Opportunities Internships, part-time roles, etc.


Popular Fields of PhD Study

  • Anthropology
  • Marine Biology
  • Education
  • Creative Arts
  • Philosophy


Types of PhD Programs

Research doctorate Professional doctorate
Students work closely with a research supervisor and typically write an in-depth thesis. Coursework and research, and are usually completed by professionals already working in the field.


Program Duration & Cost of Education

Duration Cost of Education per annum (Tuition Plus Living)
Duration of three to five years Program fees/tuition costs range from AUD 14,000 to 37,000 per year. Average tuition costs: AUD 20,000-37,000 per annum Living Costs: AUD 20,000 per annum


However, as an international PhD student, various sources of funding are available including Studentships from Australian Universities, Endeavour scholarships, and research training programs.


A PhD student can work for 40 hours/fortnight while the program is in session. During holiday/vacation time, a doctorate student can work for an unlimited period.


Eligibility Criteria for PhD Programs

Strong Academic Credentials Standardized Test Scores Other Aspects of Profile
An undergraduate degree & master’s degree from a recognized & accredited institution GRE is not mandatory for most programs at most universities IELTS/TOEFL/CAE/PTE is required Strong Academic Profile, projects, internships, papers


For certain programs, applicants may need to clear an interview.


Intake & Application Deadlines

  • PhD programs may begin at any point in time during the year. The applications can be made year round, but ideally you should start applying at least four months before you plan to begin your doctorate.


Student Visa Terms and Provisions

The visa application process is online and the document checklist, which varies for each program, is available on the DIBP website. This site mentions all the necessary requirements. Information is also available at the nearest Australian visa office.

  • To be eligible for a student visa, you need to first enrol in a full-time program registered with the Commonwealth Registry of International Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS). In order to obtain a visa, you must first enrol in a course of study that is listed on the CRICOS.
  • After enrolment with CRICOS and payment of necessary fees, you will receive a Letter of Offer or Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) from the university.
  • You must then show proof of sufficient financial resources (~AUD 21000 per year) to support yourself during the course of the program.
  • Health insurance.
  • The Visa Application fee (AUD 560).


Work Permit

  • After completing the PhD, you can live and work in Australia for a minimum period of four years.

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