Graduate research

Doctor of Philosophy

The Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy offers a world-class PhD program for high-calibre candidates from around the world. We offer supervision by academics recognised as research leaders by their peers and funding for your fieldwork and conferences.

There are two program pathways for completion of your PhD; the standard PhD requires the completion of two courses relating to research methodology, whilst the professional pathway targets candidates with considerable diplomatic experience and requires the completion of 1 year of coursework (including courses on methodology). Entrance requirements for each are different, but both end with submission of dissertation of up to 100,000 words.

Duration of candidature

A PhD normally takes between three to four years full-time or up to eight years part-time study. Students are generally required to submit a thesis of up to 100,000 words that makes a substantial contribution to the relevant scholarly literature and demonstrates how their research relates to their discipline.

Admission criteria

Admission to the standard PhD program normally requires as a minimum qualification an Australian university honours degree (at the level honours 2A or above), or equivalent prior studies in Australia or elsewhere (for example a bachelor’s degree plus a graduate diploma or a master’s degree) that includes some research work.

Professional qualifications and work experience of at least 10 years are required for admission via the professional pathway.

There are also English language requirements.

Application deadlines

PhD applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. However, please keep in mind that: (a) there are deadlines for scholarships; and (b) there are advantages to commencing study at the beginning of the Australian academic year (February).

To meet ANU scholarship application deadlines, prospective students should express their interest in the APCD Graduate Program (see How to apply) no later than 31 May (international students) or 31 August (domestic students). For all other scholarships, prospective students should express their interest in the APCD Graduate Program at least two months in advance of the scholarship deadline (if formal acceptance to a university is a scholarship eligibility requirement).

How to apply

Follow these 5 preparatory steps prior to submitting your formal application to the ANU.

Fees and scholarships

Domestic students (ie, citizens of Australia and New Zealand and permanent residents of Australia) are eligible for the Research Training Scheme (RTS) – their tuition fees are covered by a HECS Exemption scholarship.

All other students are required to pay International Student Fees (ISF) unless these are covered by a scholarship.


The HDR Convenor in the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy is Professor Geoffrey Wiseman

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