Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Steve Rood

Profile: Steve Rood, PhD candidate and artist

The innovative and collaborative environment is why Steve Rood decided to complete his Doctor of Philosophy in creative technologies.

“Creative technologies balances a number of differing approaches and unifies them in a unique way. The combination of people from various disciplines – from art and design to engineering and computing – creates an open and investigative atmosphere."

Read more about Steve's journey here.

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Creative Technologies

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is an advanced postgraduate degree undertaken by research only and leads to advanced academic and theoretical knowledge in a specialist area. The PhD is suitable for students who want to pursue an academic or research career.

The programme enables you to make an original contribution to knowledge or understanding in your field of study and meet recognised international standards for such work. You have a minimum of two supervisors to guide and advise you, with one assigned as the primary supervisor.

A PhD qualifies students as experts in their fields. The opportunities to apply this knowledge will be extensive, both in industry and academia.

Quick facts

Programme Code: AK3518
Level: 10
Points: 360
Duration: 3-6 years
Venue: City Campus
Start date: Anytime


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Career opportunities

  • Research
  • Teaching

Entry requirements

AUT encourages early application. Places are limited.

Current list of transdisciplinary research and research-led learning clusters.

Application process

If you would like information on your eligibility for admission to the PhD, you can contact the Associate Dean Postgraduate. International students can email

You should provide official copies of academic transcripts, and evidence of previous independent research outputs, such as an honours-level project of master's-level dissertation or thesis. You should also provide evidence of successful completion of studies in research methodology at a postgraduate level.


Stage one
You are admitted provisionally in the first year where you will refine your preliminary proposal into a fully fledged PhD proposal (the PGR9 document). This document critically reviews the significant work done in the area of research. The PGR9 proposal should also contain a suitable research methodology and methods along with a time-frame for completion of the degree that highlights important milestones to be achieved in the next couple of years. Once your PGR9 proposal is completed and approved through the faculty processes it is submitted to the University Postgraduate Board for full admission approval.

Stage two
Once you have completed your research proposal, you will typically refine your design, collecting data and conducting your research as appropriate. Results are analysed and may be published through international conferences, journal publications and peer review as this lends further credibility to the research.

Stage three
The first step in the final stage of the PhD is spent finalising the data analysis. Thereafter, the PhD thesis should be written and submitted to the supervisors for feedback. It should be noted that the process of finalising the thesis is time consuming as typically two or even three draft versions need to be produced before the thesis is in a form that is ready for submission and examination.

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Last updated: 14-Dec-2017 4.05pm

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