The Doctor of Philosophy through the CSU Faculty of Arts offers graduates who have an excellent academic record and proven research skills the opportunity to conduct research at a level that is going to contribute to the knowledge base of their discipline.

In the Faculty of Arts the areas in which research can be conducted include Australian history, Australian literature, communication and culture, drama, fine arts, justice studies and police studies, professional and applied ethics, psychology, sociology, rural social studies, social work, social welfare and social policy and theology.

The program consists entirely of completing an individual research program under supervision. Students are required to develop a research proposal, carry out the research and write a thesis. Students are also required to make presentations of their work at on campus colloquia. Offshore students are required to visit the appropriate campus at least twice during their candidature in order to meet with their supervisor(s) and to present their research.

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THL701 Part Time (minimum 3 years, maximum 8 years)
THL702 Full Time (minimum 3 years, maximum 4 years)

Admission Requirements

An applicant to the Doctor of Philosophy degree must hold:

  • an Honours degree (minimum Class 2 (Division 1) in a related field


  • a Master degree with Honours, or equivalent, in a related field


  • have demonstrated in scholarship or professional performance potential to undertake research at the doctoral level. (In such cases the applicant must supply a justification for entry to the doctoral program and supporting evidence).