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Doctor of Philosophy, Australian Centre on China in the World

A single four year research degree offered by the Australian Centre on China in the World

  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
  • Academic plan 9513XPHD
  • CRICOS code 082979F
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
  • Academic plan 9513XPHD
  • CRICOS code 082979F
Doctor of Philosophy, Australian Centre on China in the World

Program Requirements

The Doctor of Philosophy requires the submission and successful examination of a thesis of up to 100,000 words.

Study consists of two to four years of full-time study.

From 2016, newly enrolled PhD students will need complete 12 credits of coursework. Appropriate courses will be determined by the student and his/her Chair, and might include two online Master’s level courses offered by CIW:

  • ASIA9513 China: the Big Questions (6 units, Semester 1)
  • ASIA9514 China: Wealth and Power (6 units, Semester 2)

A student may also be asked by their supervisor to undertake additional courses to aid the successful completion of their dissertation.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy program you will be required to have completed at least a four-year Australian degree with at least upper second class honours or its international equivalent, or a Graduate Diploma or Master's Degree with a significant research thesis component. There must be a supervisor within the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific available to supervise your research.

Students in the CIW program are expected to engage deeply with issues related to China from all disciplinary backgrounds. Thus, proficiency in Chinese is strongly recommended.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students.

You may be granted admission if you can demonstrate that you have a background equivalent to these qualifications.

If you think you qualify, check out our guidance on how to apply.

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

Domestic students

Domestic research students are not required to pay tuition fees as they are enrolled under the Research Training Scheme which funds the fees. For further information see

International students

Indicative fees for international students are:

International student fees (ISF)

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Exceptional research degrees at ANU

The Australian National University provides PhD students with a vibrant research community and outstanding program support. When selecting a research program, an institution's reputation is everything. ANU is one of the world's leading universities, and the smart choice for your research program.

As a PhD student you will work with increased independence, under the direction of a supervisory panel of experts in the field. Your research will make an original and important contribution to human knowledge, research and development.

The Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW) was established in 2010 as a joint venture between the ANU and the Australian Government. It is an interdisciplinary research institution established to enhance the existing capabilities of ANU in the field of Chinese studies. It aims to be an integrated, world-leading institution for Chinese Studies and the understanding of China, or what has been called 'Greater China' or the 'Chinese Commonwealth' (the People's Republic of China, the Hong Kong and Macau Special Administrative Regions, as well as Taiwan and the Chinese diaspora), on a global scale.

For a better understanding of the breadth and scope of the Centre’s activities, please visit our website and The China Story website.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

This program is available for applications until second semester, 2019

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