Course essentials

Offered by:
VU Research
VU course code:
UPSA
Delivery mode:
Blended
Block
Face to Face
Duration:
4 years full time or longer for part time

Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) in Society and Culture.

Victoria University has developed a new pathway to a Doctor of Philosophy. The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Integrated) in Society and Culture provides an alternative pathway to a PhD for applicants who have not had previous research training and/or experience. With the assistance of an experienced research supervisory team in one of our Academic Colleges, your original research in the field of Society and Culture will be conducted in an area that is of interest to you, relevant to industry and the community, and within VU’s research focus areas.

In the first year of your degree you will undertake intensive research training in the form of required coursework and a Year 1 thesis.

Upon meeting the hurdle requirement (70% average across the Year 1 coursework units and 70% in the Year 1 thesis), you will conduct further original research at the frontier of its field in Years 2-4, leading to the presentation of a doctoral thesis within the normal 4-year period and to the award of Doctor of Philosophy.

You will also learn to be an effective communicator and present and defend your research in refereed quality academic outlets in your field (e.g. ranked journals, high quality academic conferences, thesis, book chapters, monographs) and through presenting to audiences at local, national and international conferences. The PhD (Integrated) in Society and Culture includes opportunities for the development of research, generic and transferable skills through participation in both formal and informal learning.

You will need to follow the six steps to becoming a research student.

Contact the Graduate Research Centre on +61 3 9919 4522 or email apply.research@vu.edu.au if you require further information.

Careers

Become an independent, competent and highly sought-after researcher, equipped to pursue a research career in relevant industries and/or to become an academic.
As a Doctor of Philosophy graduate, you will be expected to demonstrate a scholarly and enquiring mind, and strong capabilities in:

  • research conceptualisation and design including reviewing of the literature;
  • the marshalling and critical analysis of data and evidence, and
  • conceptual innovation in order to make a significant new contribution to knowledge and society; and
  • deep disciplinary immersion and broad interdisciplinary literacy, including methodological literacy.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. expert understanding of a substantial body of theory and its practical application at the frontier of a field of work or learning, including substantial expert knowledge of ethical research principles and methods applicable to the field.  
  2. intellectual independence and cognitive skills to undertake a systematic investigation, reflect critically on theory and practice and evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, including identifying, evaluating and critically analysing the validity of research studies and their applicability to a research problem.  
  3. expert cognitive, technical and creative skills to: design, develop and implement a research project/s to systematically investigate a research problem; develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge; manage, analyse, evaluate and interpret data, synthesising key ideas and theorising within the context of key literature.  
  4. expert communication skills to explain and critique theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions; to disseminate and promote new insights; and to cogently present a complex investigation of originality, or original research, both for external examination and to specialist (eg researcher peers) and non-specialist (industry and/or community) audiences through informal interaction, scholarly publications, reports and formal presentations.  
  5. capacity to reflect on, develop and evaluate strategies for achieving their own learning and career goals.  
  6. intellectual independence, initiative and creativity in new situations and/or for further learning.  
  7. ethical practice and full responsibility and accountability for personal outputs.  
  8. autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility as an expert and independent scholar.  

Course structure

To attain the award of Doctor of Philosophy through undertaking the Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) students will be required to completed in total 384 credit points consisting of:

  • 72 credit points of Core studies in Year 1
  • 24 credit points of Elective studies in Year 1 
  • 288 credit points of Thesis units as per standard PhD

YEAR 1

Core Studies

Thesis Units (36 credit points)

Or

Select 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) Elective Studies:

YEARS 2 - 4

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: Completed a qualification at AQF level 8 or above, typically in a cognate discipline (including a qualification without minor thesis), with Honours or its equivalent at a high standard.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

You will need to follow the six steps to becoming a research student.

Contact the Graduate Research Centre on +61 3 9919 4522 or email apply.research@vu.edu.au if you require further information.

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