Details for PhD Research Thesis

This subject is designed to equip students to be independent researchers and make a substantial contribution toward advancement of knowledge and practice within their chosen field. Students will undertake a thesis in consultation with an approved supervisor.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: RES803
  • Credit points: 240
  • Subject coordinator: Ben Myers



Awards offering PhD Research Thesis

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Identify and develop a complex research question which demonstrates specialist knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to the relevant field;
  2. Autonomously and analytically engage in critical reflection, synthesis and evaluation of the body of theoretical knowledge related to a particular area in the field of specialisation;
  3. Demonstrate intellectual independence to think critically, evaluate existing knowledge and ideas, undertake systematic investigation and reflect on theory and practice to generate original knowledge;
  4. Produce a substantial body of creative and innovative work which communicates effectively complex theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions in a coherent, sustained argument for proposed solutions to peers and general audiences;
  5. Demonstrate an expert level of independent, integrative reflection which will inform and enhance theoretical knowledge and/or professional practice from a Christian worldview, and provide creative responses to contemporary challenges.*
*The Commonwealth Government defines research as follows: The creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way so as to generate new concepts, methodologies and understandings. This could include synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it leads to new and creative outcomes

Subject Content

  • Determined in consultation with the supervisor

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Individual Supervision

As this subject is delivered over 3 years, students re-enrol each semester (A, B, C, D, E, F) as an additional administrative check for the subject co-ordinator to ensure their progression.

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Research Proposal (8,000 words)
  • Research Thesis (80,000 words)

Prescribed Text

  • Determined in consultation with the supervisor