School of Economics and Finance

PhD Students

Doctoral level study is the highest degree offered by the School. It is by thesis only, and available for suitability qualified candidates in areas where appropriate supervision is available.

A PhD consists of an individual piece of supervised research taking a minimum of two years full-time (or four years part-time) and a maximum of four years (six years part-time).  The thesis is written in close consultation with at least two staff members, a Primary and a Secondary, who act as supervisors. At submission, the candidate submits a piece of work constituting a significant contribution to the body of knowledge in the subject area chosen. 

The thesis is then assessed by three examiners and this may be followed by an oral examination. Detailed PhD statutes can be found in the University Calendar.

Students admitted to a PhD will normally be required to have completed a Master’s degree with a thesis component.

The staff research areas page may be useful when thinking about topics and potential supervisors. You may also discuss your plans with the School's PhD Admissions Director Professor Ilan Noy.

The Faculty of Graduate Research provides the first port of call for all students interested in enrolling in a PhD at Victoria as well as providing continued support throughout your studies. The website provides application forms, details of available funding, application dates, and answers to a host of questions. Application deadlines are 1 March, 1 July and 1 November each year.