Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The Australian National University provides research 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.

The major component of a research program is a substantial written work known as a thesis, which investigates a particular subject or issue. As a research student you will work with increased independence, under the direction of an academic supervisor or a supervisory panel of academic staff.


The Doctor of Philosophy award will take you between three and four years of full-time research to complete (you can also complete a part-time equivalent). 

Admission requirements

You are most likely to gain admission to a Doctor of Philosophy program if you hold a Masters of Philosophy or a Bachelor degree with First Class Honours. You may also be granted admission if you can demonstrate that you have a background equivalent to these qualifications.

This award is conducted in English and is made principally on the basis of a research thesis comprising of original written work, most typically up to 100,000 words. Your thesis will be independently assessed by no fewer than two external expert examiners of international standing. Depending on your discipline an alternative to a written thesis may be submitted and assessed.

Indicative fees

Domestic students

Domestic research students can be offered Research Training Program (RTP) scholarships for one or more of the following:

  • tuition fees offset
  • stipend for general living costs
  • allowances related to the ancillary cost of research degrees.

The RTP provides funding for the research program for a minimum of three years, up to a maximum of four years for a PhD program.

Domestic postgraduate research student funding (RTP):

International students

Annual indicative fees for international students are $36,528.


ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential. 

Eligibility 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.

What next?

Research study at ANU requires the identification of a supervisor and an area of research.

Each ANU College has information on their website to help students find potential supervisors depending on their area of interest and expertise. Visit the sites listed below to find more information around research opportunities in each College, and the appropriate contacts.