Doctor of Philosophy (Health and Society)

Course summary

The Doctor of Philosophy is for graduates with a strong background in research who wish to explore a specialised topic in depth. This program will lead to an internationally recognised research Doctoral Degree qualification (PhD) that will enhance your research and career prospects.

The School of Health and Society offers supervision in areas related to Criminology, Epidemiology, Ergonomics, Health Promotion, Indigenous Health, Occupational Hygiene, Public Health, Risk Management, Social Policy, Social Work and Work Health and Safety.

What you will study

The supervised independent research project that produces a doctoral dissertation involves a significant original contribution to a field of knowledge. The thesis is a minimum of 80,000 words and no longer than 100,000 words in length.

Your degree

Study at the Doctoral level is by advanced research thesis and the requirements for the degree are not defined by a total credit point value, but by successful completion of the advanced research thesis. Full-time and part-time study is available in most cases.

Course information

Study area

Public Health, Research, Social Sciences, Social Work, Work Health and Safety

Campus

Wollongong

Course Code

220

Duration

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Delivery

On Campus

Cricos

092063A

UAC Code

-

Admission, Key dates, and Fees

A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures, and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Honours degree with 2nd class Division 1 or higher; Research Masters with at least ⅔ of the degree comprising a thesis. UOW Masters of Research with WAM70+; Coursework Masters with a substantial thesis and WAM75+ or GPA 3.2 out of 4. Other forms of research experience will also be considered.
Special Admission Requirements
All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

  • commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work;
  • contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

Students are advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss their project prior to applying for admission.

FEES

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$17,640 (2021)

$141,120 (2021)

Most postgraduate research degrees are covered by the Federal Government's Research Training Program (RTP).
If you receive an offer with an RTP place, you do not need to pay the cost of tuition while you are studying as long as you are within your time limits for course completion.

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Honours degree with 2nd class Division 1 or higher; Research Masters with at least ⅔ of the degree comprising a thesis. UOW Masters of Research with WAM70+; Coursework Masters with a substantial thesis and WAM75+ or GPA 3.2 out of 4. Other forms of research experience will also be considered.
Special Admission Requirements
All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

  • commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work;
  • contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course; and
  • conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

Students are advised to make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss their project prior to applying for admission.


ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

English Test

Overall Score

Reading

Writing

Listening

Speaking

IELTS Academic

6.5

6.0

6.0

6.0

6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

86

18

18

17

17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 65 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.


FEES

Tuition fees are reviewed annually: fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and are subject to increase during the period of study.

Overseas Health Cover:
Overseas Health Cover (OSHC) must be purchased for the proposed duration of the student visa. For information regarding the OSHC fees applicable, please refer to the international fees website.

CAMPUS

DELIVERY METHOD

SESSION FEE*

COURSE FEE*

Wollongong

On Campus

$17,640 (2021)

$141,120 (2021)

* Session fees are for one session for the year shown. Total course tuition fees shown are indicative, and are based on normal course length and progression.
These fees are subject to change from year to year. However, if you receive an offer to study at UOW, your fees will be fully confirmed at the time of your offer.

Admission Profile


INDICATIVE ENROLMENT



STUDENT PROFILE

This table shows the breakdown of the applicant background of the student group at UOW for this course. It provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and continued study beyond the census date at UOW in 2019.

Applicant background

2019 intake

2019 intake (%)

Higher education study Students who have studied a University course, or completed a bridging or enabling course.

-

-

Vocational education & training study Students who have undertaken vocational education or training since leaving school.

-

-

Work & life experience Students admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than higher education study, vocational education & training, or recent secondary education.

-

-

Recent secondary education

ATAR Only Students admitted only on the basis of ATAR including any applied adjustment factors.

-

-

ATAR plus additional criteria Students who were admitted on the basis of both ATAR and additional criteria (e.g. an audition or individual subject results).

-

-

Other criteria only (non-ATAR) These students were admitted on the basis of other criteria where ATAR was not a factor (e.g. UOW Early Admission).

-

-

International students All other students.

-

-

All students

-

-

< 5: Number of students is less than 5
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (hidden to prevent calculation of other numbers less than 5)


ATAR PROFILE

This table relates to all students selected on the basis of ATAR alone or ATAR in combination with adjustment factors. For more information on adjustment factors commonly available to applicants, see ‘ATAR-based admission’.

ATAR profile of ATAR-based offers in 2019

ATAR The unadjusted, raw ATARs for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR. Selection Rank The ATARs of the same student group, including the impact of adjustment factors.
Highest rank to receive an offer

-

-

Median rank to receive an offer

-

-

Lowest rank to receive an offer

-

-

< 5: Less than 5 ATAR-based offers made
N/A: Data not available for this item
N/P: Not published (less than 5 ATAR-based offers made)

More Information

For more information about UOW admission pathways, see UOW Admission Information.

Key Dates

SESSION

CAMPUS

SESSION DETAILS

2021 Autumn

Wollongong

Orientation: 23 - 25 February 2021
Session: 1 March – 24 June 2021

Applications Close
Higher Degree Research (HDR) applications can be submitted online at any time. However, applicants applying for an HDR course that includes coursework are not permitted to enrol after the commencement of second week of session.

2021 Spring

Wollongong

Orientation: 19 July 2021
Session: 26 July – 18 November 2021

Applications Close
Higher Degree Research (HDR) applications can be submitted online at any time. However, applicants applying for an HDR course that includes coursework are not permitted to enrol after the commencement of second week of session.

Course structure

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate expert, specialised cognitive technical and research skills in a disciplinary area within social sciences to independently and systematically generate original knowledge and understanding to make a substantial scholarly contribution to an area in social sciences.
2 Critically reflect on, synthesise and evaluate a substantial and complex body of knowledge at the frontier of a disciplinary area in social sciences.
3 Communicate research findings, explaining and critiquing theoretical propositions, methodologies, results and conclusions to peers and to the community.
4 Apply detailed knowledge of research, research integrity, ethics and the rights and safety of others, to plan and execute original research with intellectual independence and with full autonomy, authoritative judgement, adaptability and responsibility for personal outputs.

Course Structure

Candidates enrol in repeated instances of THES912 or THES924 up to a maximum of 192 credit points. Potential candidates should discuss their research plan with the Postgraduate Research Coordinator of the relevant School, at which time the supervision arrangements of the School will be outlined. 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
THES924 Thesis Full Time 24 per session Autumn, Spring
or
THES912 Thesis Part Time 12 per session Autumn, Spring

 Major Study Areas

The research of the Faculty is conducted through several major research centres and also under the broad areas of the School of Education, School of Health and Society, Department of Human Geography and Sustainable Communities, the School of Psychology, the School of the Arts, English and Media and the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry.
You should discuss a broad plan for your research topic with the Head of Postgraduate Studies in the school related to your academic interests, or with your potential supervisor. The Head of Postgraduate Studies will be able to help you locate a supervisor if you do not have one in mind.

Submission and Assessment

Candidates will submit their thesis wholly by written thesis, or a combination of creative work and a written thesis or exegesis.

Assessment for the Doctor of Philosophy is by two external examiners.

Submission by creative work and thesis or exegesis

A thesis submission for the PhD (Creative Arts), that includes a major body of creative work, will be accompanied by a written thesis or exegesis of approximately 35,000 words in length.  The thesis or exegesis will be substantially written, but may include other forms as a record or explication of the creative work (for example, music scores, photographs, video and sound recordings).

The creative work may be in a single discipline, involve multiple disciplines or explore new art/media forms for which there is no established disciplinary base.

The accompanying written component may take the form of:

i.   A thesis making a scholarly argument related to the body of creative work; or

ii.  An exegesis focusing on aspects such as origins of the work, structures and techniques used, and an analysis of artistic theories underpinning the work.

The accompanying written component of the thesis will be submitted no later than the presentation, exhibition or performance of the creative work.

Research Areas

Candidates may contact the Head of Postgraduate Studies for the relevant school to discuss supervision of research projects.  Research areas may include the following:

Humanities
Creative Arts
Asia Pacific Studies
Art History
Australian Studies
Creative Writing
Communications
Curatorial Practices
Cultural Studies
Graphic Design
Digital & Visual Communication
Journalism
Employment Relations
Media Arts
English Language and Linguistics
Music
English Literatures
Performance
Ethics
Theatre
Foreign Languages (French, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Spanish)
Visual Arts
Gender Studies
 
Global Labour Studies
 
Global Studies History
 
History
 
Indigenous Studies
 
International Relations
 
Media and Communication
 
Philosophy
 
Politics and International Studies
 
Postcolonial Studies
 
Science and Technology Studies
 
Development Studies
 
Sociology
 
Interdisciplinary topics as negotiated with the Head of Postgraduate Studies are also available for study.
Course Handbook

(Current year structure - subject to change)

Why choose this course

UOW is home to Public Health, Work Health & Safety, Social Work and Social Science researchers who are leaders in their field in Australia and internationally. Our academics will supervise you to build your own career through supervised independent projects and our research seminar series. At UOW you will have the opportunity to develop your practical skills and professional networks, making you a career-ready UOW graduate.

UOW Higher Degree Research training attracts candidates from across Australia and the world that are keen to work in research centres and schools where students belong to an academic community dedicated to social understanding of health and action.