A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) gives you the opportunity to develop specialised research skills and gain systematic and critical understanding of a complex field of knowledge.
PhD students graduate with specialised cognitive, technical and research skills in their chosen discipline. They are able to independently and methodically:
- generate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution to a discipline
- engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation
- develop, adapt and implement research methodologies to extend and redefine existing knowledge
- disseminate and promote new insight to peers and the community.
Prior to candidature confirmation, you will engage in coursework to prepare you for conceptualising and contextualising your research, and for undertaking research in an ethical manner.
There are two possible pathways to a PhD at VU: the standard pathway PhD and the alternative pathway PhD (Integrated).
You may report your doctoral research by way of a thesis, a creative project with exegesis, or a thematic set of scholarly publications with exegesis.