Contribute important findings to society and the scientific community, with a PhD in Science from VU. We offer high-tech laboratories, world-class research institutes and industry collaborations.
PhD in Science program at VU
Victory University has several research focus areas for your doctoral degree. Benefit from expert supervisors in these areas, as you undertake original research at the forefront of its field.
You’ll research an area aligned with your qualifications and passions. We have exciting and diverse research options, including biotechnology, ecology, chemical and analytical science, and medical science.
Our institutes and research centres offer fantastic opportunities to take part in collaborative projects producing real benefits for local and global communities. They include sports science, medical science, sustainability and technology.
You’ll present your research as an academic thesis, and make contributions to scientific journals and conferences.
Footscray Park has excellent science facilities, including a $68 million high-technology facility with biomechanics, biochemistry and exercise physiology labs.
Werribee Campus is part of a modern technology precinct with cutting-edge science facilities, including advanced food systems research and the Institute for Sustainable Industries & Liveable Cities.
We have labs dedicated the full range of science topics, including:
- cell culture and PC2 facilities
- analytical chemistry
- polymer research
- elemental analysis
- food analysis
- small-animal testing
- imaging research.
In our various science-research streams we have dozens of industry, government and university collaborations. You can benefit from embedding your research in a relevant organisation, or from staff expertise and advice.
Partnerships and collaborations include the following:
- Western Health (AIMSS)
- City West Water
- Departments of Health, Primary Industries, Sustainability and Environment
- Modern Olives
- Fosters Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science
- National Heart Foundation
- University of Melbourne
- Dept. Sustainability Environment
- Florey Neuroscience Inst.
- Australian Government Collaborative Research Network
- Brockhoff Foundation
- Arthritis Australia
- Diabetes Australia Research Trust
- LEW Carty
- Active Living
- ARC Linkage Project
- University of Ballarat
- Florey Neuroscience Institute.
Our institutes and research centres let you be part of real projects for government and industry. They produce applicable, relevant research that benefits communities in Australia and overseas.
Receive research support and mentoring in our research communities:
These incorporate important research undertaken in:
VU Research gives you opportunities to:
- connect with other researchers
- participate in research festivals and competitions
- develop your research skills
- get funding for your research
- publish and promote your findings.
We offer support for graduate researchers including:
- an orientation program
- a specialised Office for Researcher Training, Quality & Integrity
- study spaces
- units to help you conceptualise and contextualise your research
- research ambassadors and student association.
Find out more about graduate opportunities at VU.
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Conduct world-class research in our well-equipped labs
Award-winning VU ecologist Dr Patrick-Jean Guay researched ways to safeguard the wild temperament of the endangered Tasmanian devil.
Careers in scientific research
Following your PhD, you will be ready for roles in scientific research and innovation, government advisory bodies, or academia.
Use the government site Job Outlook to find average salaries in Australia for various professions:
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.
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.|
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.
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.
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 chair or academic adviser.