CU56 - Doctor of Professional Studies
At a glance
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.
|Study modes||On-Campus, Online|
|Availability||Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Noosa, Sydney, Bundaberg, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Perth, Rockhampton, Townsville, Online Study|
|Duration||4 years full-time, 8 years part-time|
|Intake dates||March, July, November|
Doctor of Professional Studies graduates aim for high level management positions that allow them to inform and influence within their chosen field of employment. A PhD is the highest academic degree that can be undertaken.
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 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.
Structure and assessment
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.
For example units you could study as part of the Doctor of Professional Studies course please click here.
If you have any questions regarding this course, call 13 27 86.
Credit transfer information
If you have already completed study relevant to the course you have enrolled in, you may be eligible for credit transfer.
To successfully complete your studies, you may be required to demonstrate that you can meet course requirements associated with your course. For more information on these course requirements please view the ‘Course Requirements’ section found under the ‘What do I need to start?’ page under the ‘Getting Started’ tab of the Student Handbook . Additional information on student placements and work integrated learning can also be found in the Student Handbook, on the ‘Course Features’ page under ‘Getting Started’.
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;
- 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.
It is essential that you supply sufficient information with your application form to enable assessment to occur quickly. Lack of information/documentation will incur delays in the assessment process.
International students please click here for admission information.
Please note: If you are an international applicant you are required to meet CQUniversity's English entry requirements.
Fees and scholarships
Degree-level students should check their Offer Letter to confirm the type of place they have been offered as this determines which fees apply to their enrolment. Students offered
- Commonwealth supported places are liable to pay Student Contributions;
- domestic full-fee places are liable to pay Tuition Fees;
- international full-fee places are liable to pay International Tuition Fees.
In addition to these fees, degree-level students pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee. NOTE: Some students who are exempt from paying Student Contributions and Tuition Fees, e.g. Research Higher Degree candidates, will be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee.
Fees are calculated upon enrolment, and recalculated after any enrolment change made prior to census date. Fees are also recalculated after administrative changes or updates are made to a student record, e.g. changes to citizenship status or Fee Liability Category.
Once calculated, fees can be viewed by logging into MyCentre, which also allows students to view and print Fee Notices on demand. The due date for payment is detailed on the Fee Notice.
PLEASE NOTE that paper Fee Notices are not issued by CQUniversity – students must access their Fee Notices in MyCentre.
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How to Apply
You've made an excellent choice. Now that you've decided to train or study at CQUniversity, the next step is to apply, and we're here to assist you every step of the way.
CQUniversity Australia offers a range of Research Higher Degree programs to meet your needs.
Unlike coursework study, a Research Higher Degree typically does not follow a structure of lectures, tutorials, assessment items and examinations. A research higher degree is a program of supervised research and study leading to the preparation and submission of a thesis.
An application for Admission to a Research Higher Degree at CQUniversity may be submitted at any time throughout the year.
You can apply to study a research higher degree by visiting our CQUni International Web page. To do so,
- Follow this link
You can apply to study a research higher degree by visiting our CQUni Handbook. To do so,
- Enter the name of the Course you wish to study into the search field here
- Select the Apply Now button.
The Research Higher Degrees Course Guide (available here) provides detailed information about Eligibility, benefits provided by CQUniversity, and the Application, selection and offer process.
The Research Higher Degrees Course Rules Policy and Procedure includes information about qualifications for admission, supervision, responsibilities, and attendance at the University. The Policy and Procedure can be accessed here.
Should you require any assistance please contact our Student Advice team by calling 13 27 86 or send us an email via http://contactus.cqu.edu.au.
Frequently Asked Questions
Research Higher Degree applications may be submitted at any time of the year. The commencement date for candidature will be negotiated between the candidate and the University, and may be reliant on resources or supervisor availability.
The Research Higher Degree online application process begins with an Expression of Interest which asks you to select your course, campus/study mode and provide a brief description of your proposed research topic.
Following receipt of your EOI your application will be assessed for availability of supervision. A proposed supervisor may contact you via email to discuss your proposed topic, assist you to develop a research proposal, and determine availability of resources and alignment with the University’s research priority areas.
You may then be invited to submit a full application for admission. The University reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant
Depending on the outcome of your application, you may be made an offer to study at CQUniversity. You will be advised on the outcome of your application admission via email, generally within fourteen days from receipt of your full application. If you choose to accept your offer you must commence your candidature within six months from the Offer date.
An applicant who does not meet the Entry Requirements for a Research Higher Degree may be offered a place in a lower level research higher degree and/or required to complete prescribed units prior to or concurrent with admission to the course.
International applicants or domestic applicants with educational qualifications from an institution that does not instruct in English may be required to present evidence of English language proficiency, prior to admission being granted.
Pursuing your research higher degree at CQUniversity is more affordable thank you think. You can benefit from a range of stipends and scholarships, as well as access to training and other study resources. For more information view our fees and resources section.
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For further information
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