Satisfactory completion of the Doctor of Philosophy will enable candidates to: 

  • Demonstrate advanced understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the frontier of their field of study, including knowledge that constitutes an original substantial contribution, and to reflect critically on and evaluate that knowledge to synthesise new and original advances.  
  • Design, conduct, analyse, and communicate a complex investigation of original research for external examination against international standards, using established research methodologies.  
  • Generate original knowledge and understanding that makes a substantial contribution to the discipline and disseminate and promote new insight to other scholars and the broader community.  
  • Demonstrate adaptability, autonomy, leadership, authoritative judgement, initiative, resilience, and responsibility as an expert and leading scholar. 

The Institute provides a variety of opportunities in addition to the supervised research program, to facilitate a candidate’s acquisition of these attributes.