Doctor Philosophy PHD
PhD is a doctorate program which stands for Doctor of Philosophy. A person should be highly dedicated in specific subject area to get a PhD degree. It might take number of years to earn this degree. A person with a goal of making a career in research can take PhD degree programs. Students who want to pursue a career in teaching at university should be mentally prepared to spend more time on teaching and remaining time in carrying out research, composing papers on behalf of university and take part in conferences for research presentation. In Australia, international students can enjoy the weather, food, surfing and hiking as well as advanced facilities in universities where they can conduct research while pursuing their PhD degree. You will be satisfied with the environment in the university and teaching methods used by the professors or expert supervisor. The universities in Australia have conducted remarkable research in Ecology, antibiotic therapy, renewable energy and more.
A PhD degree received from Australian University is valued in the world and it will make a difference in your CV as well. There are world class universities in Australia which are ranked among the best universities in the world. The research conducted by these universities has international reputation. They provide great opportunities for students to get the best education while pursuing their PhD degrees. There are few doctoral researches such as Marine Biology at the Great Barrier Reef or Anthropology at Ayers Rock, which can properly be conducted only in Australia. PhD graduates of Australian university are highly valued by the Government of Australia therefore they can apply for post study visa which let them stay and work in Australia for the period of four years. The assessment may not include traditional PhD viva voce which is quite common in Australia because many students are not eager to defend their thesis in oral exam.
The number of universities in Australia is 43. The government of Australia supports and accredits all these universities which are publically funded. These universities have the responsibility to train PhD students and conduct valuable research. In order to provide practical knowledge and professional training, Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutions can only offer post graduate courses except PhD degrees which are only offered by universities. PhD degrees are offered in many subject areas including Art Studies, Education, General Studies, Humanities Studies, Law Studies, Management Studies, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences.
The recent Times Higher Education and QS World University Rankings has shown that there are eight Australian universities ranked among the top 150 universities in the world because of their remarkable and renowned research. The PhD research in Australia is quite similar with that of UK in numerous ways. Students will study in a nicer weather in Australia as compared to UK but they will gain same experience as other students get while studying in other top universities in different locations.
The PhD qualification in Australia is purely based on research. Modules or training sessions may be included in some degree programs just for the career advancement and professional development of the student. A student has to entirely focus and work on doctoral thesis which is independent assignment by contributing their knowledge in that particular area. It will include literature review, original research, analysis, experiment, surveys and data collection. The length of the doctoral thesis should be around 100,000 words or just bit lesser or more than that. It has to be submitted in the written form at the end of your degree program. Student need to summarize their findings and support them with evidence in proper manner. If a student is pursuing PhD in creative field such as arts then they may be required to take part in a practical project or presentation along with their thesis.
Students are supervised by the expert. One will gain valuable experience while preparing their thesis. This is the most important aspect of PhD degree. Australian supervisors will assist the student from the moment they receive PhD application.
The duration of PhD degree is three years in Australia if student is studying full time. It may take longer depending on the circumstances such as late registration or insufficient funding. Students enrolled for part time PhD degree program can complete it in maximum six years but usually international students do not have this option because they have to comply with the Australian student visa condition of studying full time.