Doctor of Philosophy - Science

  • CRICOS code: 056958E

What will I study?


Course structure

Typically taken over 3.5 years full time (part time available), you’ll be working independently on an innovative research project that results in an 80,000-word thesis, which will make a distinct contribution to knowledge in your field.

You'll have regular progress reviews with a supervisory panel to ensure good progress towards completion of your thesis. As they're completed, sections of your research thesis can be submitted for publication in scientific journals.

The Doctor of Philosophy (Science) involves no compulsory coursework, though with approval you may be able to take coursework subjects that are relevant to your research.

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Edward Nagul

PhD candidate Edward Nagul talks about the importance of networking and communication skills for future scientists

I've been motivated to pursue chemistry ever since Year 10 at school; unlocking the secrets of the physical world and using them for creative applications was just as alluring to me then as it is now.

The University of Melbourne has an excellent reputation for being well-known and well-connected in a variety of circles across industry and academia, and it was this opportunity for networking which ranked highly amongst my reasons for studying at the University.

Doing research requires that you love what you do, as the motivation must come from yourself, and not your supervisor. It's an exciting way to indulge your curiosity, particularly if you love problem-solving and understanding what truly makes things work, and it's up to you as a communicator to explain to people why your work is valuable and what can be gained from it.

I have also been able to facilitate networking amongst academic and industrial contacts through my studies at the University. This is of particular importance to me, as I plan to cultivate as many scientific career options as possible before my PhD finishes.