Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy


Our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is a three year full-time equivalent research degree consisting of an externally assessed thesis with a maximum length of 70,000–100,000 words.

A PhD is awarded for research that demonstrates that the candidate’s thesis has the capacity to:

  • make a distinct contribution to knowledge in the area with which it deals
  • affords evidence of originality shown either by the discovery of new facts or by the exercise of independent critical power
  • is satisfactory as regards to literary presentation, and
  • contains a substantial amount of material suitable for publication.

A candidate's program of study will be supervised by eligible academic staff members consisting of a principal and associate supervisor. External adjunct supervisors may be appointed who have demonstrated expertise in the area.

Cotutelle/Joint PhD Program

We also encourage cotutelle and joint PhD enrolments with overseas partner institutions, for either inbound or outbound students. Macquarie University has been participating in cotutelle and joint PhD programs since 1999.

Why we do it?

We aim to establish deep, continuing relationships with international research universities through joint research candidate supervision.

Financial Support

Because of the prestige of joint supervision programs, we offer scholarships to a select group of high quality candidates that include:

  • scholarships for tuition fees for up to three years
  • stipend while the student is on campus at Macquarie
  • return economy airfare between Australia and the country of the partner institution.

What is the difference?

Under both joint supervision models, the student is enrolled at two universities with a principal supervisor at each. Both universities sign an agreement for the candidate, which outlines the research and enrolment arrangements. Under a cotutelle, a single thesis is submitted to both universities, who each have separate examinations resulting in 2 testamurs. With a joint PhD, a single thesis is submitted to the lead university, where there is a joint examination and one joint co-badged testamur.

We have completed or are currently completing cotutelles with a number of overseas partner institutions including:

  • Copenhagen Business School (Denmark)
  • Paris Dauphine University (France)
  • University of Göttingen (Germany)
  • Goethe University Frankfurt (Germany)
  • Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt (Germany)
  • Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany)
  • University of Giessen (Germany)
  • University of Bergamo (Italy)
  • Complutense University of Madrid (Spain)
  • Linköping University (Sweden)
  • Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (China)
  • East China Normal University (China)
  • Fudan University (China)
  • Jinan University (China)
  • Nankai University (China)
  • Peking University (China)
  • Renmin University (China)
  • Wuhan University (China)
  • Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (China)
  • Trisakti University (Indonesia)
  • Mahidol University (Thailand)

Please see the Cotutelle and Joint PhD Program website for more information.


PhD candidates receive up to $10,000 for project support over their candidature time. This funding assists with costs relating to:

  • fieldwork
  • research visits
  • academic conferences
  • data sets, and
  • copy editing, thesis printing and binding.

PhD candidates can also apply for up to $5,000 in competitive funding through the Macquarie University Postgraduate Research Fund (PGRF).

In addition to this funding and University funding, there are University-wide scholarships available that provide a tuition fee offset for up to 3 years, and a yearly $27,596 (2019 rate) tax free stipend (living allowance) including:

  • Research Training Program scholarships (RTP) and Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) for domestic candidates, and
  • International Research Training Program scholarships (iRTP) and International Macquarie Research Excellence Scholarship program (iMQRES) for international candidates.

PhD graduates find employment opportunities in:

  • Academia
  • Government
  • Financial institutions
  • Management and senior research positions in various industries, as well as in organisations that set national and international research agendas, norms and standards, articulate evidence-based policy options, and monitor trends.

Entry requirements

Refer to the Office of Higher Degree Research Training and Partnerships website.

Dedicated rooms and facilities, including individual lockers for HDR students, are available in the Faculty building. The University library also provides designated HDR space.

Length of candidature

The minimum period of candidature is two years and the maximum period is three years for full-time candidates and six years for part-time candidates. Extensions may be granted in special circumstances, but may be subject to an out of time (OOT) fee.

Part-time candidates must be able to spend on average throughout the year at least 20 hours a week on a program of research and advanced study and attend the University on an average of at least once a week for consultation with their supervisors.

Fees and costs/scholarships

More information

  • To find an available research supervisor please lodge an Expression of Interest in PhD study.
  • Don't qualify for entry into the PhD program? Find out about our pathway program being the Master of Research.

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