Doctor of Philosophy - Arts

  • CRICOS Code: 056954J

Course overview

  • 4 years full time / 8 years part time
  • On Campus (Parkville)
  • Available to domestic and international students
  • January-June commencement - March



The Doctor of Philosophy – Arts – also known as a PhD or Doctorate – is the highest Arts degree offered by the University of Melbourne. By writing a sustained thesis (80,000-100,000 words) of independent research which examines a specific problem, issue or topic, you will make a significant and original contribution to an existing area of knowledge in your field of study.

While researching for your thesis, you can utilise the specialist support for higher research degree students, including lectures and seminars, three-minute thesis competitions, and research leadership programs. Choose to specialise across the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSHSS), as well as in the Asia Institute.

Who is it for?

Entry to a the Doctor of Philosophy – Arts requires you attain a minimum grade in an honours year or masters degree. You must also have the sponsorship and approval of a supervisor prior to enrolment. The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSHSS) only accepts applications for Semester 1 commencement – there is no mid-year intake for the PhD. You are expected to begin your degree by the first week of Semester 1.

A Doctor of Philosophy – Arts degree is useful to develop advanced knowledge and experience in your chosen field of specialisation. Researching and writing a thesis refines and cultivates your expertise and theoretical understanding within your chosen subject matter.

Sarah, Doctor of Philosophy – Arts candidate

“My supervisors are experts in their fields and it means I get an extra level of insight into the direction of my research.”
– Sarah, PhD candidate

Research projects recruiting students

Funded PhD Position in International Political Economy in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne commencing 2021

Expressions of Interest are invited for a PhD scholarship associated with an interdisciplinary Australian Research Council Discovery Project ‘Balancing National Security and Economic Interests in Foreign Investment’ supervised by Professor Andrew Walter at the University of Melbourne. This is an exceptional opportunity to work closely with a senior and interdisciplinary team of researchers based in Melbourne including Professor Tania Voon (Law), Professor Phil McCalman (Economics), and Dr Laura Puzzello (Economics, Monash). The position is full time and the successful applicant will pursue an independent PhD research project aligned with the larger ARC project under the primary supervision of Professor Walter and in collaboration with other members of the team.

Deadline for Expression Interest is 30 August 2020

More information and Expression of Interest form