Enrolment and commencement generally occurs in February-March and July-August each year.
||If you are offered a place in a higher degree by research, please follow the instructions on your Letter of Offer to accept your offer and arrange your enrolment.
Victoria University International will you a Letter of Offer, which will include the fees (and/or details of any agreed fee scholarship arrangements), enrolment deadline, and overseas student health cover details.
If you are offered a place in a higher degree by research you will be contacted to arrange your enrolment.
Please be aware of the deadlines for the acceptance of the offer.
Master by Research
For Master by Research applicants, initial admission is to the pre-candidature phase, which usually continues for the first 6 months effective full-time (EFT) enrolment. Standard duration for a Master by Research is 2 years EFT.
Your candidature must be approved before you become an official candidate for the degree. Your ongoing enrolment is also provisional until your candidature is approved.
Doctor of Philosophy
For PhD applicants, initial admission is to the pre-candidature phase, which usually continues for up to 12 months effective full-time (EFT) enrolment. Standard duration for a Doctor of Philosophy is 3 years EFT, while the maximum duration should not exceed 4 years.
Your candidature must be approved before you become an official candidate for the degree in which you are enrolled. Your ongoing enrolment is also provisional until your candidature is approved.
You will be required to enrol in and complete two (2) core coursework units in the first semester (effective full-time). Find out more about our PhD coursework units.
Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated)
For PhD (Integrated) applicants, initial admission is to the Year 1 program of intensive research training with minor thesis. If you meet the requirements to progress to Years 2-4, at the conclusion of Year 1 you will proceed to the pre-candidature phase of the PhD with a fast track to candidature confirmation. This includes intensive mode delivery of the core PhD coursework unit, Conceptualising and Contextualising Research early in Year 2.
The duration of the PhD (Integrated) is normally 4 years. Your PhD project and thesis should incorporate the initial research work undertaken in Year 1. Your candidature must be approved before you become an official candidate in your degree. Your ongoing enrolment is also provisional on approval of candidature.
If you entered the PhD (Integrated) via the alternative pathway, you will be eligible to exit early with a Master of Research Practice after Year One if you:
- achieve a pass mark of 50% or above in all Year 1 units, but do not fulfil the hurdle requirement (70% average across the coursework units and 70% in the Year 1 thesis); or
- do not wish to proceed to years 2-4.
Professional Doctorate applicants need to enrol and commence study according to the University semester start dates, in February or July each year.
Initial admission is to the coursework component of your degree, with progression to the research phase subject to satisfactory performance.
Standard duration for a Professional Doctorate is 3 years effective full-time (EFT), not exceeding 4 years EFT.