Professional Doctorate in Public Administration (Research)

University of Canberra

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
CRICOS: 00212K

If you are a public administration professional, this course will see you extend and build upon your professional experience via a combination of coursework, a relevant choice of electives and a research dissertation. You will undertake advanced study and reflection on theory and practice in the professional field of public administration and public policy, while drawing on, and extending, your professional experience and expertise. As a doctoral student, you will choose a real-world public administration problem to explore as a research project and will be encouraged to do so in the context of your own workplace, organisation or community. You will graduate from the program having made a unique contribution to professional practice in the field of public administration and ready to progress your career to the next level. As a Higher Degree by Research (HDR), this course is covered under the Australian Government's Research Training Program (RTP) funding model, which provides a fee offset for domestic students for the standard duration of the course.


72 credit points

Standard entry requirements

  • Before a candidate is admitted to the Doctor of Public Administration, the Faculty must be satisfied that it is able to supervise the candidate's proposed dissertation and that the candidate satisfies the following admission requirements: holds at minimum a Bachelor degree and a post-Bachelor Honours year by research, or a Master or Graduate Diploma degree of 1 to 2 years full-time duration in a relevant field with a credit or greater average and evidence of having performed in some subjects relevant to the proposed study at Distinction level or above
  • Has five years of professional practice in a relevant area
  • Provides evidence of capacity for independent research under the guidance of a supervisory panel at the doctoral level and relevant professional development
  • And provides evidence of superior professional performance both intellectually and technically. A requirement for proceeding to the research component of the degree is completion of the coursework component of the degree and the acceptance and approval of a research proposal and research plan by the course convener.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Canberra International: $120,000 Yes
  • Full-time : 4 years

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