There are no set subjects within this course.
Students are required to devise a range of research tasks relevant to their professional development.
Applicants need to discuss their proposed research topic with an appropriate research advisor. To identify an appropriate advisor, use the Find an Advisor service from the Graduate Research School.
Doctor of Health Professional Education [Research]
Doctorate by Research (AQF level 10)
Division of Tropical Health and Medicine
Medicine and Dentistry
Requirements for admission can be found HDR Degree Requirements
Minimum English language proficiency requirements
Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 2 – Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.
Special admission requirements
Applicants must have professional experience in a relevant health-related area approved by the appropriate Head of School for a minimum of five years.
Academic Requirements for Course Completion
EFTSL to complete (equivalent full-time student load)
Course learning outcomes
Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will have:
Graduates of a Doctoral Degree will demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills:
PD7006:03 Professional Doctorate Research Thesis (Health)
RD7001:03 Planning the Research: Doctoral Candidates
RD7002:03 Situating the Research: Doctoral Candidates
RD7003:03 Professional Development: Doctoral Candidates
COURSE AVAILABLE AT
Expected time to complete
4 years full-time or equivalent part-time
Maximum time to complete
Maximum leave of absence
Research Education Sub-Committee (RESC)
Confirmation of candidature
Subsumption of coursework subjects
Maximum credit points of coursework subjects
21 credit points of non-core coursework subjects
Allowed coursework subjects
As approved by the Dean, Graduate Research School
A person admitted to candidature on the basis of previous enrolment in a research Masters degree relevant to the proposed Doctoral program, may be given credit transfer for work towards the Masters degree. In exceptional cases credit may be given to a candidate for relevant research work undertaken at another university.
The amount of credit to be awarded shall be determined by the RESC on the recommendation of the Academic Head.
The University will not normally accept a candidate who has been enrolled at another institution for more than two years (full-time equivalent) or release a candidate who has been enrolled for more than two years (full-time equivalent).
Doctor of Health Professional Education
Inclusion of field of research on testamur
The field of research shall not appear on the testamur.
Exit with a lesser award
After examination of the thesis, and subject to the requirements under HDR Degree Requirements, the RESC may approve the degree be not awarded but that the candidate be awarded an appropriate Masters degree.
JCU, with the support of the Australian Government’s Research Training Program, will cover the costs of tuition fees for Australian citizens/permanent residents and New Zealand citizens.
All candidates can also apply for a competitively-awarded stipend to help with living and tuition costs.
A Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.
The pathway into a JCU Doctor of Philosophy is to have achieved a Bachelor’s Degree with at least Honours 2A, a postgraduate qualification with a supervised research component of at least one semester, full-time equivalent or a Master of Philosophy.
Applicants must have a minimum of five years professional experience in a relevant health-related area.
To be eligible for entry, applicants must have attained at least one of the following:
a) a Bachelor’s degree with at least Second Class, Division A (Honours) in a degree program that included a total of at least a semester of supervised project work, the results of which contributed to the Honours grade;
b) a postgraduate qualification which included: (a) supervised research component(s) of at least one semester or equivalent and resulted in the production of output(s) graded at the equivalent of Distinction or better, and (b) at least one research methods subject;
c) a Research Masters degree, where at least two thirds of the degree consisted of a supervised research component and resulted in the production of a thesis or equivalent;
d) enrolment at this or another Australian university in a higher degree by research for the equivalent of at least 0.5 EFTSL with demonstrated satisfactory performance in the supervised research component(s);
e) a combination of qualifications, research training and experience, considered equivalent to the above by the Dean of the College to which the Candidate is applying, e.g., senior authorship of at least one peer-reviewed publication plus completion of an appropriate research methods subject.