Doctor of Philosophy(Social science and Public Policy) Level 10

The PhD is suitable for students who want to pursue an academic or research career, or a senior position in the public or private sector. Doctoral studies present you with the opportunity to generate new ideas that can benefit business and society. You will make a significant original contribution to knowledge and understanding in your field of study and meet recognized international standards for your work.


Doctor of Philosophy Level 10 with 360 Points

Doctoral students will attain the knowledge, values and attributes to make significant contributions to their professional communities and societies through further high-quality research, and developments.

Stage 1

You put together a proposal that critically reviews work done in your area of research. This requires a suitable research methodology and a timeframe for completion of the degree.

You are expected to publish one or more courses for a reputed international conference in your chosen area of research.

Stage 2

Once you have completed your research proposal, you refine your design, collect data and
conduct your research as appropriate.

Data is collected and analysed and the results are published at international conferences. A journal publication is also encouraged at this point.

Stage 3

The first step in the final stage of the PhD is finalizing the data collection and analysis. You then write your PhD thesis and submit it to the supervisor for feedback. It could take two or three drafts before the thesis is ready for submission and examination.

What will I learn?

A graduate of the Doctor of Philosophy will undertake advanced research, develop their careers personally and professionally, make significant contributions to societies and obtain (but not be limited to):

a.Advanced specialist/discipline knowledge that makes an original contribution to a particular field of enquiry and as appropriate to local and global communities

b. A mastery of a body of knowledge, including a high level of understanding of conceptual and theoretical elements, in the field of study

c. A high level of understanding and appreciation of the philosophical basis, methodologies and characteristics of scholarship, research and creative work in their field of study

d. An advanced ability to analyse information where relevant, using appropriate tools, technologies and methods

e. An advanced capacity for critical appraisal of relevant scholarly literature/knowledge

f. An advanced ability to initiate, design, conduct, sustain and report research

g. Personal, professional, intellectual integrity respect, and understanding of the ethical dimensions of research and scholarly activity and where appropriate demonstrate understanding of the Treaty principles in practice

h. A critical understanding and appreciation of the acquisition of knowledge and professional learning for work practice

i. Significant expertise through the research, practice/ work, leadership or management roles in their field of study

j. An advanced capacity to communicate ideas effectively to a range of audiences inside the field of study or discipline and to the wider community

k. Confidence and knowledge to make critical commentary on relevant and topical issues in their field of study