Professional Doctorate

Find Solutions to Problems that Benefit Business & Community

At UNSW Canberra, we’re committed to transforming world-class research into innovations that improve lives and tackle some of the greatest challenges facing society today.  

The Professional Doctorate program combines doctoral research and coursework components with professional practice and is designed to meet the needs of industry and professional groups. Through workplace-based projects, you will generate and analyse evidence to address real-world problems and produce a thesis that reflects applied investigation, problem-solving, and original research.  

This degree is multi-disciplinary and linked to the fulfilment of self-directed career development and life-long, personalised learning. You will collaborate with industry, government, and community partners to find innovative solutions that benefit business and community at a local, national, and global level.  

Our state-of-the-art facilities and superior partnerships, together with the strength of our research focused community create exceptional career development opportunities for higher degree research (HDR) students by developing the capacity of individuals to lead the development of knowledge in their professional contexts. 

Explore Your Research Options

Explore our available Professional Doctorate openings and be inspired to join a diverse group of scholars and research students making positive impacts worldwide. 

Please note: academic credits from previous study do not apply for Master of Philosophy and Professional Doctorate programs


Scholarships & Funding

UNSW offers a wide range of scholarships and funding to both domestic and international students at all levels of study. Research candidates with exceptional potential who plan to undertake a higher degree by research are invited to apply for scholarships that provide a range of benefits and financial support such as an annual stipend, tuition fees, and student health cover. 

Find a Research Supervisor

UNSW Canberra academics are leaders in their fields and are eager to work with emerging researchers from around the world. The expertise of our scholars covers a wide breadth of research areas. They will guide and support you through your higher degree postgraduate research study. 

Access to World-Class Teaching & Research Facilities

We’re home to several cutting-edge facilities dedicated to finding solutions to the world’s most complex problems.  

Our purpose-built workshops, laboratories, and specialised training facilities make UNSW Canberra the ideal location to gain hands-on experience and prepare you for your future career.  

School Contacts

Student Enquiries:

Higher Degree Research Coordinator
Dr Katie Moon
T: +61 2 5114 5694



General Enquiries:

Research Coordinator (Admissions)
Dr Daryl Essam
T: +61 2 5114 5130



Student Enquiries:

Research Coordinator
Dr Christina Spittel
T: +61 2 5114 5069



General Enquiries:

Postgraduate Research Coordinator
Dr Timothy Trudgian
T: +61 2 5114 5026