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The Doctor of Professional Studies (DProfSt) is a doctoral course of supervised research and research tasks designed for professional practitioners/educators, comprising structured research tasks, proposal development, and thesis component.

DOMESTICINTERNATIONAL
STUDY MODES

On Campus, Online

DURATION

4 years full-time, 8 years part-time

AVAILABILITY

Adelaide, Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Distance, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Melbourne, Noosa, Perth, Rockhampton, Sydney, Townsville

CRICOS

084706D

The Doctor of Professional Studies is a degree for the 21st century that focuses on creativity, innovation and enterprise to generate new knowledge in the context of an application that has commercial potential. We live in a time where there has never been such a prodigious rate of innovation, with science and technology taking the lead. The Doctor of Professional Studies builds on this paradigm to create new knowledge in a range of professions and occupations.

You already have a solid education background but you now find yourself dealing with more fragmented issues and complex demands, demands that are hard to satisfy. The Doctor of Professional Studies acknowledges your experience and leverages it against high-level workshops and creative research; so at the end of the process, you will have achieved at least two goals: top-level success; and a solution to a workplace issue or knowledge relevant to your organisation.

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

Core Units 0 Major Units None
Electives None Minor Units None

COURSE STRUCTURE

The Doctor of Professional Studies (DocProfSt) is a doctoral course of supervised research and research tasks designed for professional practitioners, comprising of:

  • Six (6) Professional Research Tasks that are submitted for scholarly peer review, and that shall culminate in the production of a portfolio of written work;
  • A Confirmation of Candidature process that encompasses the production of a written research proposal and an oral presentation of that proposal; and
  • A Thesis that is based on a substantial investigation into a selected aspect of professional practice.


UNIT INFORMATION

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


CREDIT TRANSFER INFORMATION

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

QUALITY EDUCATION, WHEREVER YOU ARE
Between our reputation for learning, teaching and research, our renowned online education offering, and our status as Australia’s largest regional university, rest assured you will get a world-class education when you choose CQUniversity.

WIDE CHOICE OF STUDY AREAS

Select from allied health, accounting, aviation, business, digital media, education, engineering, hospitality, human resource management, information systems and technology, management, nursing, psychology, science, tourism, transport and safety sciences, social innovation and more to suit your personal interests and career goals.

EXPERIENCE AND SUPPORT 
CQUniversity's strong focus on student experience ensures that you are prepared and supported on your student journey. Support services include on-campus orientation to assist your transition into university life, course and career advice, financial support options, study support, ongoing assistance through the Student Mentor program, counselling services, support for students with a disability or medical conditions, Indigenous student support and more.

ONLINE STUDY 

A pioneer in online study, CQUniversity has more than two decades of experience providing high quality online learning experiences. Benefit from the flexibility to study online in your home country.

GRADUATE WORK READY

Our graduates are some of the most sought-after in Australia, due to our reputation for work-integrated learning and industry-aligned courses, and experience some of the nation's best graduate outcomes in terms of full-time employment and starting salary. CQUni is also regarded as the nation's most inclusive and engaged university, with our award-winning academic and research staff making a real impact on the communities and industries we serve. 

LIFE-LONG LEARNING

You will have the opportunity to gain crucial life-long learning and transferable generic skills, such as critical thinking and problem-solving. You will be able to apply these skills to a range of employment opportunities and life situations.

On-Campus Availability

Term 1 - 2021Adelaide Brisbane Bundaberg Cairns Emerald Gladstone Mackay Melbourne Noosa Perth Rockhampton Sydney Townsville
Term 1 - 2022Adelaide Brisbane Bundaberg Cairns Emerald Gladstone Mackay Melbourne Noosa Perth Rockhampton Sydney Townsville
Term 2 - 2021Adelaide Brisbane Bundaberg Cairns Emerald Gladstone Mackay Melbourne Noosa Perth Rockhampton Sydney Townsville
Term 2 - 2022Adelaide Brisbane Bundaberg Cairns Emerald Gladstone Mackay Melbourne Noosa Perth Rockhampton Sydney Townsville
Term 3 - 2021Adelaide Brisbane Bundaberg Cairns Emerald Gladstone Mackay Melbourne Noosa Perth Rockhampton Sydney Townsville
Term 3 - 2022Adelaide Brisbane Bundaberg Cairns Emerald Gladstone Mackay Melbourne Noosa Perth Rockhampton Sydney Townsville

Online Availability

Term 1 - 2021Available Online
Term 1 - 2022Available Online
Term 2 - 2021Available Online
Term 2 - 2022Available Online
Term 3 - 2021Available Online
Term 3 - 2022Available Online

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

You may be considered for admission to the Doctor of Professional Studies course if you:

  • have been awarded a masters degree either by research or with a substantial element of research work within it, from a University or any other approved higher education institutions; or
  • have qualified for the award of a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate discipline with first class or second class honours conferrred by a University or any other approved higher education institution; or
  • hold, from an institution of tertiary education, qualifications which are deemed by the Committee to be equivalent to either of the two points listed above.

· International English requirements: https://www.cqu.edu.au/international-students/entry-requirements/english-requirements.

Security Requirements

Not applicable

Health Requirements

Not applicable

Assumed Knowledge

The Doctor of Professional Studies is a program of research and study, undertaken independently and with guidance from two academic supervisors. 

Doctor of Professional Studies graduates aim for high level professional positions that allow them to inform and influence within their chosen field of employment. This doctoral level research integrated, workplace-engaged course is designed to enhance career opportunities to make distinctive, strategic, innovative contributions in a variety of workplaces and communities. The expert, specialised cognitive, technical and research skills developed through this course are widely applicable in many professions.

Please refer to our international course fees page.

We offer a range of scholarships to support international students and encourage you to apply for one that's right for you.

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

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. CQUni is generous to their students and this made my study feasible.

Do Van Huong

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

RESEARCH AT CQUNI

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