Doctor of Philosophy - Indigenous Knowledge

  • CRICOS code: 111523E

Where will this take me?


Career outcomes

A PhD is an essential qualification for a research career in many industry and community settings. A PhD is also a ticket to international research opportunities and being competitive for research funding that can greatly help Indigenous communities.

Many of our graduates go on to work as postdoctoral researchers and as academics with research and teaching careers. They also move into industry and community careers, where the research and professional skills that come with completing a PhD are highly valued. Indigenous academics with PhDs and potential for research excellence are widely sought by university employers.

Employers of PhD graduates include:

  • Universities
  • International research institutions like CSIRO, the Max Planck Society, and NASA
  • UN agencies like UNESCO, the World Health Organization, and World Intellectual Property Organization
  • NGOs like ANTaR, CARE Australia, and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities
  • Government departments like NIAA, DFAT, and Melbourne Water
  • Statutory authorities like the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Australia Council for the Arts, and the Australian Communications and Media Authority
  • Copyright collectives like APRA AMCOS and CAL
  • Consulting firms like Deloitte and PWC
  • Software and computing companies like IBM, IRESS, and Quantium
  • Large financial services companies like ANZ and NAB
  • Schools and professional training providers.

Technical and professional skills

On completion of your PhD, you’ll have high-level knowledge and skills in your chosen area of research. Additionally, you’ll have strong professional skills in:

  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Research ethics and methods
  • Research collaboration with Indigenous stakeholders
  • Research planning, methods and reporting
  • Research communication, both written and oral
  • Project management.