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Doctor of Professional Studies

Doctor of Professional Studies (DPRS)
CRICOS: 0100909

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Online
  • Toowoomba
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
  • Feb, Jul, Nov


  • USQ’s Doctor of Professional Studies allows you to combine your professional practice with study. The program is specifically designed for people wanting to focus on a real-world, real-time work-based challenge and gain a doctoral degree.
  • Your study is based on your work. Rather than traditional university programs, this Doctor of Professional Studies is personalised to your work and profession, and built on an ethos of quality, engagement and support. The degree is multi-disciplinary and linked to the fulfilment of self-directed career development, life-long learning and personalised learning.
  • You gain skills to critically review resources and address theoretical and practical issues in your organisation or community by designing and implementing a work-based learning and research project.
  • Being part of the Professional Studies program means that you are contributing to a ‘triple dividend’ outcome principle. Your unique contribution leads to benefits for your own individual professional development, your organisation’s improvement and the body of professional knowledge relevant to your practice.
  • Enhance your engagement by participating in dynamic learning communities of students, staff, your peers or fellow professionals from around the world.

Career outcomes

  • As a graduate, you will gain the skills to enrich your professional practice, influence the sector and be prepared for a variety of career opportunities. You can use this degree to illustrate your advanced standing in your profession. You can advance your career in the public service, become a leading professional in the private sector, develop leadership in specialised practice and become a thought leader. 

Entry requirements

  • Admission is by written application and interview.
  • Bachelor degree with honours, or a masters degree or equivalent, from an Australian university, plus minimum of 5 year's of experience in your field.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree 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.


USQ offers a number of bachelor with honours and master degrees for you to study to help you meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 24 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
2 x core courses 4
1 x workplace-based research course up to 20
4 x approved courses (optional) 4
Total 24

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this degree:

Study Mode Cost

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 30240

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 30240

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2021. 


At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2021- Monday 22 February, 2021
  • Semester 2, 2021 - Monday 12 July, 2021
  • Semester 3, 2021 - Monday 15 November, 2021.

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