- Length 4 year full-time
- Minimum 192 Units
- Academic plan 9640XPHD
- CRICOS code 048375F
- Academic contact
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 or part-time equivalent.
To be admitted to our Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program you need to have completed an Australian Bachelor Degree with at least Upper Second Class Honours (First Class Honours is usually required) or its international equivalent, or a Master Degree with a significant research thesis component. There must also be a supervisor at ANU.
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 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 students.anu.edu.au/fees/domestic/research.php
Indicative fees for international students are:
For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees
- 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.
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.
Career options following the Doctor of Philosophy include many opportunities in addition to an academic path. Some of our alumni are employed by research institutions such as CSIRO and ANSTO; others work in the mineral industry either in mines or exploration companies; other alumni are in private consulting from environment to water management and mineral resources; others are employed at Geoscience Australia or the State Geological Surveys; Government Departments in various fields are another destination for Earth Science Graduates; there is also a continuing need for geologically qualified secondary school teachers.