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Doctor of Philosophy

Candidates applying for admission to PhD candidature can apply throughout the year. Applications for admission are accepted subject to availability of facilities and supervision. The maximum period of PhD candidature is four years full time or 8 years part time. More information about the rules relating to Doctor of Philosophy Awards (Phd).

Schools

School of Arts and Social Sciences
The School of Arts and Social Sciences is a multidisciplinary and creative learning community, providing quality teaching and focused research. The School delivers degrees spanning Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Community Engagement, Media Arts, Visual Arts, Writing, Music and creative and performing arts. For further information please visit the School of Arts and Social Sciences research page.
School of Business and Tourism
The School of Business and Tourism incorporates a wide variety of diverse but interrelated research areas. These include management (organisations and employees), communities & regions, policy and governance, and business education and pedagogy. The School prides itself on its ability to produce high-quality research for a wide variety of stakeholders, including local business, government and non-for-profit groups. For further information please visit the School of Business and Tourism research page.
School of Education
The School of Education has a range of exciting and eclectic research entities and groups which include: Centre for Children and Young People, Sustainability Environment and Education (SEE) Research Cluster, Cluster for Higher Education Policy and Practice, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Group, Teacher Education Research Group (TERG), Creativity, Arts & Education (CreArE) Research Group, Early Childhood Education and Care Research Group (ECECRG) and The Learning Sciences Research Group (LSRG). For further information please visit the School of Education research page.
School of Environment, Science and Engineering
With a 30 year history of excellence in teaching and research, Southern Cross University's School of Environment, Science and Engineering has an outstanding international research profile. Research at Southern Cross University's School of Environment, Science and Engineering is facilitated through three key Research Centres: Centre for Coastal Biogeochemistry Research, Marine Ecology Research Centre and Forest Research Centre. For further information please visit the School of Environment, Science and Engineering research page.
School of Health and Human Sciences
Academic staff in the School of Health and Human Sciences are engaged in a range of research activities across the disciplines of nursing, midwifery, occupational therapy, speech pathology, podiatry, pedorthics, clinical sciences, clinical exercise physiology, exercise science, psychology, cognitive neuroscience and public health. The School encourages multidisciplinary approaches in health and human sciences research and research training under the broad areas of nursing and midwifery; health workforce development; brain, behaviour and cognition; social perception; and exercise, health and human performance. For further information please visit the School of Health and Human Sciences research page.
School of Law and Justice
Research at the School of Law and Justice encompasses projects that engage in critical scholarship from a variety of perspectives and research methodologies, and is linked to and complements Southern Cross University's research strengths. Areas of strength within the School include: Ecological jurisprudence, Law, society and cultural change and Global law and justice. For further information please visit the School of Law and Justice research page.
Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples
Gnibi College of Indigenous Australian Peoples seeks to empower Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples through providing units of study that increase the knowledge of and understanding about Indigenous peoples, cultures and worldviews. A dedicated team of staff work with integrity towards Indigenous teaching and research to provide students with positive learning outcomes.

Research Centres

Southern Cross GeoScience
Mitigating the complex environmental challenges our society currently faces, requires a deep understanding of our natural world. Southern Cross GeoScience specialises in multidisciplinary research that broadens our knowledge and understanding of ancient and contemporary environmental systems. Our core areas of research are: Environmental Geochemistry, Theoretical Geochemistry, Archaeogeochemistry and Biogeochemistry and our finding are key to ensuring healthy waterways, clean groundwater and productive soils for future generations. For further information please visit the Southern Cross Geoscience website.
Southern Cross Plant Science
Southern Cross Plant Science carries out research underpinning the cultivation and utilisation of plants. We harvest knowledge of how genetic and environmental factors contribute to end-use properties of crops and other added-value natural products. Research strengths include: crop and forest tree genetics, genomics and bioinformatics, abiotic stress proteomics, agronomy, plant secondary products and nutritional composition of grains.

SCPS manages the Postgraduate Training Program in Plant Science Innovation. This provides students with enhanced skills and knowledge for future world-class leadership in academia or industry. The PTP is open to Masters or Doctorate (PhD) students in the area of plant science.

Postgraduate research projects on offer address: food security, nutrition, crop adaptation to climate change, agricultural soils, agronomy, pre-breeding, abiotic stress tolerance, and crop genetic diversity.