2021: February and July

4 years

2021: A$17,100*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.


Begin a high-level research career in an area of science that matches your expertise and passion. If you don’t have a research background, our integrated program helps you undertake a PhD in Science.

PhD in Science integrated program

The integrated PhD in Science offers an alternative path to a doctoral degree. During your first year, you’ll receive intensive research training. On passing with a 70% average, you’ll begin a PhD thesis, graduating within the standard timeframe.

You’ll receive expert support as you undertake an original thesis in our research focus areas. We offer PhD opportunities in health and biomedicine, and environmental sciences, specialising in:

  • ecology
  • food sciences
  • medical physiology
  • sport science.

We also have world-class institutes and research centres that conduct collaborative projects with local and global organisations. The research in these institutes is at the forefront of the field in many areas, including in sports science, medical science, sustainability and technology.

You’ll learn to present your findings in scientific journals and at 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 food analysis and the Institute for Sustainability and Innovation.

St Albans Campus boasts nutrition research centres, and a collaboration with Sunshine Hospital.

We have labs dedicated the full range of science topics, including:

  • cell culture and PC2 facilities
  • thermodynamics
  • analytical chemistry
  • biotechnology
  • biochemistry
  • biomedicine
  • polymer research
  • chromatography
  • 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
  • Nufarm
  • Clariant
  • 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
  • VicHealth
  • 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:

We offer various research scholarships for our PhD students. Victoria University has several generous research scholarships for successful applicants. There are also externally funded scholarships from dozens of organisations, some of which are aimed at postgraduate students.

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:

Find out more about graduate opportunities at VU.

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Specialise in ecology with access to our advanced water-testing facilities

Our science research contributes to important advances in nutrition and food production

Careers in scientific research

Following your PhD, you will be ready for roles in scientific research and innovation, government advisory bodies, or academia.

The following are average salaries from the government site Job Outlook:


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


Core Studies

Thesis Units (36 credit points)


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

YEARS 2 - 4

Elective unit

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.

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.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Achieved an IELTS (Academic Module) result with an overall score of 6.5 (no band less than 6) or equivalent and 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.

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

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

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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