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University of New England

Armidale , NSW ,Australia

Doctor of Philosophy (Innovation)

The UNE Doctor of Philosophy (Innovation) — Ph.D.I — is a unique, project-based, higher research degree. The Ph.D.I run across all our schools and disciplines, linking professional and industry expertise with academic theory in creating innovation.

It involves contextual research on a project that identifies one or more tangible or process-based innovations that have identifiable impacts when implemented.

This doctorate suits anyone wishing to carry out project-based research on innovation within their field of expertise. It currently attracts candidates from Australia and internationally who want to research a chosen field of expertise and develop innovation through research.

Campus Information


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Application Process

More Information Required
10 Days
Possible Interview call from the Institution
10 Days
Provisional / Unconditional offer
10 Days
Visa process
30 Days

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

No matter what your connection to UNE — as an undergraduate or graduate student, alum, faculty member, or employer partner — Career Services has resources available for you. Career Services offers a blend of career and personal interest exploration, resume and cover letter assistance, and guidance during the transition to employment. We also coordinate annual career fairs and serve as liaison between the campus communities and area employers.

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PSW Opportunity

International students studying at regional universities will be eligible to access an additional  2 years in Australia on a post-study work visa  (Which means a Bachelors or Masters graduate can get up to 4 years of PSW visa)


Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

A candidate shall:

In addition to meeting the requirements for entry to UNE Doctoral Programs, to be admitted into candidature in the Doctor of Philosophy (Innovation) (PhD. I) an applicant must:

  • (a) fulfill both academic and industry/profession requirements;
  • (b) have a minimum of five (5) years relevant experience in an industry/profession; and
  • (c) wherever possible, but mandatory in cases where criteria for standard entry into a Ph.D. has not been met, demonstrate he/she has successfully undertaken prior contextualized research activity in a relevant industry/profession at the equivalent of Masters's level. Such demonstrated prior contextualized research could include previous research surrounding the development and implementation of new knowledge; policy research; market research; research association with commercialization activities; action research; workplace evaluations; evaluation of new knowledge and/or innovation adoption; change management, monitoring and evaluation; and/or any other evidence of research and development capacity deemed sufficient and relevant by the Ph.D. I Coordinator.

International candidates will need to reside in Australia during the first 12 months of candidature while they complete the Ph.D.I Research Learning Program. The following three (3) years of candidature they will return to and reside in the country where their Innovation project and Innovation project Portfolio research is being conducted. Candidates are required to return to Australia for intervals of time sufficient to complete their portfolio as agreed between the candidate, supervisors, and Head of School or delegate (for example HDR Coordinator) under the oversight of the ADR.

All candidates will complete the Ph.D.I in two phases. Phase 1: Ph.D.I Research Learning Program, which must be completed prior to the commencement of Phase 2: the Innovation project Portfolio. Progression to Phase 2 is contingent on successful completion of Phase 1, as demonstrated through Confirmation of Candidature.

  • Course Code: 084916E
  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Doctoral Degree/PhD
  • Duration: 03 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 94800 AUD
    Annual Cost of Living: 21041 AUD
    Application Fee: N/A
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