Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated)

VU course code: UPAE | CRICOS: 099052C | Level of study: Research
4 years
In person

Tuition: per semester AU$19,400

City Campus, Footscray Park, St Albans, Werribee
29 July 2024


Receive intensive research training before beginning an innovative thesis in the broad areas of health and sport. Our integrated PhD program is designed for graduates who need research skills to qualify for doctoral study.

During the first year of our integrated program, you’ll receive training in best-practice research methods. On passing the first-year components with a 70% average, you’ll begin your own original research, graduating in the standard timeframe. You’ll learn to present your research in a variety of contexts, including journals and conferences.

Studying within our Institute for Health and Sport (IHES), you'll complete an original PhD thesis in your area of personal interest, under expert guidance. Our cross-disciplinary approach offers supervision in:

  • mechanisms and interventions in health and disease
  • clinical and community health and wellbeing
  • inclusive and healthy communities - sport, physical activity and culture
  • sport performance.

Further opportunities exist to complete your PhD in our sister research centre, the Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities.

Entry requirements

When assessing your application, we consider your education, work experience, current skills and personal attributes (where relevant).

Applicants for this course will need to meet the entry criteria outlined below. If you don’t meet the entry criteria, you may be able to gain entry by first completing a different course. We call this a ‘pathway’.

For PhD applicants, we offer a related ‘Integrated PhD’ which allows you to establish relevant skills before beginning your research.

You may also be eligible for course ‘credits’, where you are granted a unit or units towards your qualification for equivalent previous study or work experience, so you can graduate sooner.

Entry criteria

Credit & Entry pathways into this course

Victoria University is committed to providing a transparent admissions process. Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency. Meeting the minimum admission criteria does not guarantee entry into this course. Past academic performance may be considered.

Course structure

To attain the Doctor of Philosophy through undertaking the Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) students will be required to complete the below mentioned components consisting of:

  • Required coursework units in Year 1 to a minimum of an average standard of 70% or have approved advanced standing for the unit(s)
  • A Research Thesis unit and have had their thesis classified by a Victoria University Academic Review Panel
  • Two elective units (ROP8003, ROP8004) are available to post Confirmation of Candidature students to provide doctoral industry internships.


Fees & scholarships

As a research student at Victoria University (VU), your fees will vary based on your program of study and your success in applying for grants and scholarships.

Victoria University is proud to support research scholarship recipients each year.

10% discount for alumni

If you’ve previously completed a qualification with us (and didn't apply through an agent), you may be eligible for a 10% discount. Not available for single-package courses.

Find out how




Following your PhD, you’ll be ready for a research or management career in the private or public sectors, or to become an academic. These are usually high-level roles, and paid accordingly.

Visit the Jobs and Skills Australia website for more information about potential salaries for:

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