single degree

Doctor of Philosophy, Culture History and Languages

A single four year research award offered by the School of Culture History and Language

  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
  • Academic plan 9050XPHD
  • CRICOS code 048359F
  • Length 4 year full-time
  • Minimum 192 Units
  • Academic plan 9050XPHD
  • CRICOS code 048359F

Program Requirements

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

The PhD for Culture, History and Language consists of three to four years of full-time study (or part-time equivalent) and the completion and successful examination of a thesis.

Your PhD at ANU will equip you with the skills and methodological framework you will need to excel in your research and beyond. Your supervisory panel will discuss required training with you, which will include topics such as research methods, concepts, ethics and other topics as appropriate to your skills and research topic. You will receive at least 12 units (equivalent to two courses) worth of targeting training for PhD candidates to support you during your time with us.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy program in Culture, History and Languages you will be required to have completed at least a four-year Australian undergraduate degree or equivalent with a result of at least H2A.

You may be granted admission if you can demonstrate that you have research experience equivalent to these qualifications, including factors such as competence in a relevant language, cultural knowledge and work experience in Asia or the Pacific..

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

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)

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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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.

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.

Employment Opportunities

Our graduates enjoy successful careers in fields including academic research and teaching; journalism; foreign aid and development; foreign affairs; global governance; consulting; the arts and culture.


They work for world-leading universities and think tanks; governments in the Asia Pacific region; aid and development organisations; global institutions like the UN; private consulting firms with an interest in the Asia Pacific region; art and cultural institutions like museums and galleries.

Further Information

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