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’ll 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 coursework leadership programs. Choose to specialise across the the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSHSS), as well as in the Asia Institute.
Who is it for?
Entry to a PhD 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. GSHSS only accepts applications for Semester 1 commencement – there is no mid-year intake for the PhD. You’re also expected to begin your degree by the first week of Semester 1.
A PhD 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.
Where will it take me?
As a Doctor of Philosophy (Arts) you’ll have the ability to traverse the academic world. As an internationally recognised qualification, you can pursue roles including:
- Researcher and academic
- Professorships and lecturing
- Consultant and subject matter expert.