La Trobe University

Doctor of Philosophy


Semester starts
4 years
Annual tuition fee (A$)
35 800

This degree requires you to undertake a major original research project under supervision and to submit a thesis. While coursework is not a requirement for the degree, selected subjects may be recommended. Areas of study include: exercise physiology, health systems, policy and management, social policy, social participation, evidence based-practice, ageing and aged care, public health, health systems policy and management, mother and child health, human communication sciences, musculoskeletal research, nursing and midwifery, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, orthoptics, podiatry, prosthetics and orthotics, social work and social policy, rehabilitation, dietetics and human nutrition, injury prevention and sex, health and society.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 10.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirement

You must have an Australian Master's degree or Bachelor's degree with Honours at H1 or H2A level, or an approved international
equivalent. You must also provide evidence of substantial prior research expertise.

English language requirement

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0.

Please refer to our English Language Requirements page for details of other Accepted English Proficiency tests and additional recognised English Language Proficiency Measures, such as English as the language of instruction.

Career outcomes

RED Team

Effective professional development for graduate researchers and early career researchers.


We pair a highly motivated PhD student with an industry leader with similar interests.

Industry internships

We offer internships to Master by Research and PhD students in various disciplines.

Our researchers

A selection of La Trobe researchers talk about the exciting work that they're doing.

Fees and costs

Annual tuition fee (A$)

35 800


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

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See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

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