CD86 - Doctor of Philosophy (Offshore)
At a glance
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.
|Study modes||On-Campus, Distance|
|Courses/units||144 units of credit|
|Availability||Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Melbourne, Noosa, Sydney, Bundaberg, Gladstone, Mackay, Perth, Rockhampton, Townsville, Distance Education|
|Duration||3 years full-time, 6 years part-time|
|Intake dates||March, July, November|
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.
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.
Structure and assessment
For example courses you could study as part of the Doctor of Philosophy (Offshore) program please click here.
If you have any questions regarding this program, 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’.
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.
If you have English as your second language (international or domestic students born outside of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA), you need to meet different English language proficiency requirements depending on the level of study and/or course you wish to undertake. Click here for more details.
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.
For current degree-level fee schedules and information about HELP schemes, please select from the following:
Please see our Scholarships site for scholarships that you may be interested in.
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 Webpage. 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.
A range of resources are provided to assist research higher degree candidates to complete a research higher degree, whether you are studying full-time or part-time, on campus or studying by distance. Refer to the Fees and Resources page (menu to the left of this page) for further information.
Eligible Domestic students will be allocated a RTP Tuition Offset Scholarship which will fully extinguish the candidate's tuition fee liability for the duration of the Scholarship.
Information about fees and charges for International students can be found here.
CQUniversity offers a range of scholarships for research higher degree candidates. Information about current CQUniversity scholarships can be found here.
For more information on applying for Doctor of Philosophy (Offshore), please click here.