Our research higher degree candidates choose Flinders University for the chance to work with highly qualified and recognised professionals who consistently attract significant research funding and gain quality research outcomes.

The aim of a research higher degree is to provide training in a manner that fosters the development of independent research and critical thinking skills and demonstrates the ability to pursue scholarly research that answers significant questions.

We offer these types of research higher degrees:

Study a Masters by Research degree

When studying for a Masters by Research you learn techniques in research and critical evaluation specific to your field of study. You will be required to apply the methodology in a specified program of research under supervision. The degree is awarded primarily on the basis of a thesis describing the results of a research project.

A Masters by Research candidature normally takes two years full-time or four years part-time.

Flinders offers these Masters by Research degrees:

Study a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

When studying for a PhD you receive training to conduct research independently at a high level of originality and quality. You're expected to conceive, design and complete a research program and create new knowledge.

This program can involve the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative re-interpretation of known data and established ideas.

A PhD candidature normally takes four years full-time or eight years part-time to complete. Note: international candidates undertaking their candidature in Australia must be enrolled on a full-time basis.

We offer these PhDs:

Study a Professional Doctorate

A Professional Doctorate comprises up to one-third coursework and two-thirds research and enables you to make an original, sustained contribution to knowledge in professional policy, management and practice through a major research thesis.

You will develop an advanced understanding of politics and ethics of education policy, research and management enabling you to undertake a variety of advanced professional roles in your field.

A Professional Doctorate will generally take three years full-time or six years part-time. For some Professional Doctorates the course rule might allow for a longer maximum timeframe to complete.

We offer these Professional Doctorates:

Study a Cotutelle Doctorate

A Cotutelle Doctorate is a doctoral degree program that is undertaken jointly at Flinders University and an international higher education institution. You will spend two-thirds of your candidature time at your home institution and one-third at your host institution.

This type of international research degree will expose you to different educational environments and encourage you to forge personal and professional links that will increase your career prospects.

Cotutelle Doctoral degrees provide substantial benefits to Research Higher Degree candidates including:

  • Mentoring by an overseas principal supervisor as well as a principal supervisor at Flinders.
  • Experience and travel in new research environments.
  • Career development and networking opportunities on an international scale.
  • Opportunities to co-publish internationally.
  • A parchment awarded by both Flinders and an overseas institution.
  • A tuition fee waiver at the overseas institution (or at Flinders for an international student).

More information about Cotutelle Doctorates and how to apply.

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