PhD (Offshore)

Duration4 years full-time, 8 years part-time
Next start termTerm 1, 2024
Study modeOnline
Course codeCD86
First-year fee
$22,860 dffpifyf


The Doctor of Philosophy (Offshore) provides you with the opportunity to study for a PhD, recognised within the Australian Qualification Framework, whilst remaining in your home country for a substantive part of the degree.

This course is comprised of an independent research study and thesis, overseen by academic supervisors. This degree is limited to high-quality applicants wishing to pursue research in particular discipline areas. For fully offshore candidates, periods of short-term visitation in Australia will be required during this degree, and travel support is available to facilitate such visits. For candidates undertaking this course under a co-tutelle model, an extended period of study within Australia will be required, typically lasting at least six months or more.

The Research Higher Degrees Course Guide provides detailed information about eligibility, benefits provided by CQUniversity, and the application, selection and offer process.

Career Opportunities

The Doctor of Philosophy (Offshore) provides graduates with an internationally recognised degree through the Australian Qualifications Framework. Graduates will be able to secure professional roles in academia, research centres, institutes and institutions, or in broader business and industry.

Structure & Availability

On-Campus Availability

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For information on the units, you could study as part of this course, visit the Handbook and select the "Course Structure" tab.









If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.

This course has no residential schools.


Recommended study

As per the Research Higher Degrees (Offshore) Course Rules policy and procedure.

Entry into the PhD (Offshore) will require applicants to meet the admissions criteria outlined in the Research Higher Degrees (Offshore) Course Rules policy and procedure.

You will have to meet this course's inherent requirements by demonstrating essential skills and attributes.

Fees & Scholarships

Research Stipends and Scholarships

Pursuing your research higher degree at CQU is more affordable than you think. You may be eligible for stipends and scholarships to reduce costs, plus you can access project and conference financial support. For more information, visit the research higher degree fee page.

Other study costs

Part of your course costs includes Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF). Explore other study costs.

CQUniversity offers a strong sense of research community, as well as generous project funding, training and support so that you can thrive as a researcher.

CQUniversity is committed to supporting you academically throughout your research journey, providing a range of benefits including multiple supervisors, mentorship, access to RHD Academies and more.

As a Research Higher Degree student at CQUniversity, you may benefit from our scholarship opportunities which include living stipends, allowance scholarships, and tuition waivers. A research scholarship or stipend could help you pay for some or all of your tuition fees, or even contribute towards your living and study expenses.

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How to apply

Submit your application for this course directly to CQUniversity using the Apply Now button below.