Doctor of Philosophy

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Fee type for this course: Full fee



Undertake your PhD at a world-leading research institute. Victoria University provides expert supervision in a wide range of disciplines.

Studying within our Institute for Health and Sport (IHES), you'll discover extraordinary opportunities to conduct research into the health, fitness and wellbeing of communities and individuals.

You'll develop best-practice research methods, and complete an original doctoral thesis at the forefront of its field. You'll also acquire the advanced skills needed to present your findings in publications and at conferences.

Victoria University conducts highly-ranked research:

Our cross-disciplinary approach allows for broad research opportunities, aligned with our focus areas. Within IHES you may study towards a qualification in a range of disciplines, including business, medical sciences, nursing, psychology, society and culture, and sport.

Specialise in your area of passion and personal interest within our research programs, which incorporate:

  • 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 educational achievements and work experience, as well as your 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 related course or unit(s). We call this a ‘pathway’.

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

Fees & Scholarships

The fee expressed below is the highest research fee for full time study for the current year.

Fee range for a full-time domestic student: AU$26,200—AU$32,200.




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 as: