Doctor of Applied Science
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 25200|
Loan to help you pay your fees
All Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens commencing a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) program will have their tuition fees paid by the Australian Commonwealth Government under the Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset scheme. The RTP Fees Offset scheme covers program fees for an HDR student up to a maximum period of four years for full-time study or up to eight years part-time study for a Doctoral program, and up to a maximum period of two years for full-time or four years part-time for a Masters by Research program.
As part of the enrolment process, students are required to submit proof of citizenship or permanent residency status and transcripts of all previous academic study. This documentation enables the University of Southern Queensland to determine eligibility for an RTP Fees Offset place.
If a student's RTP Fees Offset entitlement expires before completion of the program, the student will be required to pay full tuition fees.
Students eligible for an RTP Fees Offset place are those who:
- have not used RTP Fees Offset funding in the previous three years; or
- have already used RTP Fees Offset funding and have successfully completed an HDR program. Once a student completes an HDR program, full entitlements of RTP Fees Offset are restored.
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
You 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, 2019 - applications close Monday 18 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 25 February 2019.
- Semester 2, 2019 - applications close Monday 1 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 15 July 2019.