Doctor of Applied Science
- Semester 1 (February)
- Semester 2 (July)
- 24 units
- 3 years or part-time equivalent
Enhance your career through scientific research
Extend your qualifications in your chosen scientific research discipline with USQ’s Doctor of Applied Science. With a focus on advanced professional development, you will gain technical and research skills to independently evaluate relevant scientific theories, implement research methods and make significant contributions to the scientific profession. Unique to Australia, this degree gives you online access to a range of research facilities including our Remote Access Labs, a High Performance Computing cluster, and Mt Kent Observatory.
Doctor of Applied Science or PhD?
The Doctor of Applied Science is for the science professional looking to further expand their skills, knowledge and qualifications. The degree also provides an equivalent and efficient alternative pathway to PhD studies to achieve a Doctoral qualification through a complementary combination of coursework and research project work.
Within this degree, your studies will include 8 units of discipline-based coursework and research methodology studies, before embarking on 16 units of independent research. It is also possible for you to undertake industry-based scientific research projects, with the support of technical supervisors.
How much will it cost?
Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this program are:
|Domestic full fee paying||AUD 21320|
Loan to help you pay your fees
All Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens commencing a higher degree research program will have their tuition fees paid for by the Australian Federal Government under the Research Training Scheme (RTS). The RTS place entitles a student to a maximum period of four years exemption full time or 8 years part time on tuition fees for a Doctorate program and 2 years exemption full time or 4 years part time for Masters by Research programs. As part of the enrolment process students are required to submit proof of citizenship and transcripts of all previous academic study. It is with this documentation that USQ can determine the eligibility for RTS. Students who are eligible for RTS are:
- those who have not consumed any RTS previously
- those who have already utilised RTS and have successfully completed a research program. Once a student completes a higher degree research program full entitlements of RTS are restored.
If a student's RTS entitlement expires before they have completed their program they will be required to pay full tuition fees. As there may be limited RTS places available, some students may be required to pay fees for all or part of their program. The Office of Research Graduate Studies will advise students of their eligibility for an RTS place.
Scholarships and financial assistance
You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.
- completed a relevant Bachelor degree with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division A) or equivalent, or a Masters degree, (with a research component) or other qualifications equivalent to First Class or 2A Honours.
English Language Requirements
All students are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.
How to apply
Applying directly to USQ:
- Semester 1, 2017 - applications close Monday 20 February 2017, with Semester 1 commencing on 27 February 2017.
- Semester 2, 2017 - applications close Thursday 6 July 2017, with Semester 2 commencing on 10 July 2017.