New and revised degrees

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La Trobe PhD - with an industry focus

Our La Trobe PhD may be tailored to provide candidates with more industry experience. As a candidate, you will be embedded within an industry partner organisation to undertake a research project that addresses a real-world problem identified by, and of critical importance to, an industry partner. This option is available to prospective applicants and may take place in a wide range of private sector, government and not-for-profit organisations. This program provides an effective and innovative means to rapidly identify and solve industry-relevant problems at a commercially relevant pace, while maintaining the academic rigour of our La Trobe PhD. Upon completion, you will graduate with a La Trobe PhD degree, but with the added benefits of having obtained additional industry experience.

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Professional Doctorates in health fields

La Trobe's Professional Doctorate Program provides a distinctive higher degree option for experienced professionals in public health, medicine, allied health and health service management.

Our innovative Professional Doctorates also provide the opportunity for multidisciplinary teams of professionals from the same clinical, government, community health or social services setting to undertake their studies together. Teams can collaborate on a common research problem from different perspectives or research distinct topics.

Professional Doctorates (comprising 1/3 online coursework and 2/3 research) are available in:

Public Health




Social Work

Clinical Sciences

The La Trobe Difference

You'll learn about concepts, techniques and practices from across research traditions and apply clinical, population health and wellbeing perspectives. This approach distinguishes our graduates as dynamic professionals who are able to work effectively in diverse teams.

Study a Professional Doctorate at La Trobe University

Course components

There are two compulsory components: coursework and a thesis.


Through coursework, you'll develop knowledge and skills in:

  • designing and conducting research
  • literature review techniques
  • critical analysis
  • writing for publication
  • designing and implementing research projects.

Coursework includes compulsory and elective subjects that provide a basis for your major research project. A range of elective subjects allow you to tailor the course to your interests and expertise. Core coursework subjects are studied online, with support from a supervisory team.


The thesis component allows you to undertake a major research project in your chosen field. You'll develop skills in research and writing for publication so you can make original contributions to your professional field. You'll also be supported to produce research papers of a quality suitable for publication in professional journals.

Throughout the degree, you'll be encouraged to present your research within the University, your work place and at national and international conferences.

You'll graduate with a research and writing portfolio to use as evidence of your accomplishments.

Mentoring and Supervision

You'll be assigned a University-based supervisor to support and guide you through the course. Once you've identified your research topic, additional supervisors may be engaged from relevant fields.

Who should apply for a Professional Doctorate?

Individual candidates

Health professionals who are seeking to extend their professional practice by undertaking advanced study and research.

Interdisciplinary professional groups

Health professionals who work in the same clinical, government, community health or human services setting are encouraged to apply for the program and study as a research group.

Admission requirements

  1. An undergraduate degree in a relevant area
  2. An Honours degree of at least H2A standard or equivalent
  3. At least three years of relevant professional experience.

Further information

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