PhD (Offshore)

Duration4 years full-time, 8 years part-time
Next start termTerm 3, 2023
Study modeOnline
Course codeCD86
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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.

  • Vietnamese researcher Do Van Huong
    I received the Australia Awards Scholarship, as well as additional research funds, enabling me to purchase laboratory chemicals and to attend domestic and international conferences. CQU is generous to their students and this made my study feasible.

    Do Van Huong

    Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) I Vietnam

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


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.

On-Campus Availability

Term 3, 2023Distance
Term 1, 2024Distance
Term 2, 2024Distance
Term 3, 2024Distance

Majors and minors are not applicable to this course.


Recommended study

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

IELTS Academic: 6.5 with no individual band score of less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet-based: Overall score of 79 with no score less than 21

Pearson Test of English Academic: Overall score of 62 with no score less than 54

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

2023 Indicative Fees

Fee TypeFees
International Indicative First Term FeeA$12,672
International Indicative First Year FeeA$25,344

Please refer to our international course fees page.

Pursuing your research higher degree at CQUniversity is more affordable than you think. You can benefit from a range of stipends and scholarships, as well as access to training and other study resources. Visit our research for international students for more information.

Scholarships are not applicable for this course.

How to apply

Our easy to use online application system for international students will guide you through the process of applying for a course at CQUniversity Australia.