Doctoral degree in Creative Arts.
Victoria University's Doctoral Degree (PhD) is an advanced research program offered across VU’s research focus areas.
Conduct original research in an area that is of interest to you and of broader significance to the University, industry and the community, with the assistance of an experienced research supervisory team.
The PhD includes:
- engagement in a substantial research project at the frontier of its field leading to the presentation of a thesis in an approved thesis format
- a component of required coursework usually undertaken in the first year
- training and other opportunities for the development of research, generic and transferable skills through participation in both formal and informal learning.
You will also learn to be an effective communicator through the presentation and defense of your research in a wide variety of contexts such as:
- refereed quality academic outlets appropriate to your field (e.g. ranked journals, good quality academic conferences, your thesis, book chapters, monographs
- public presentation to broader audiences.
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.
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.|
The PhD is a research based degree with a maximum duration of 4 years (full time) and 8 years (part time).
As well as enrolling in Research Thesis units Doctor of Philosophy (Science) students will be required to complete two coursework units, ROP8001 and ROP8002.
An average result of 70% is required in the compulsory coursework units in order to proceed to candidature confirmation. Ongoing progression is subject to policy and procedures for candidature management as per the VU HDR Policy.
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.
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.
- Bachelor/Honours degree: Completed a relevant Masters degree or four year undergraduate degree with Honours or its equivalent at a high standard.
- International: Achieved an IELTS, (Academic Module) result with an overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6) or equivalent and completed a Masters degree or a relevant four year undergraduate degree with Honours or its equivalent at a high standard.
English language requirements
Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.
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.