Design Options for the Future Doctorate

Project abstract

The doctorate is instrumental to maintaining quality and capacity at the  highest levels of the knowledge workforce. The project proceeds from a growing  perception that the Australian doctorate, while effective, is not optimised to  best serve the interests of industry, academia or candidates. This project is  advanced as a landmark re-thinking of the doctorate. Working from current  policy and practice, the project will help Australian universities fashion  targeted and effective futures for the research and professional doctorates.  This project delivers research-driven options for building the quality of the doctorate in Australia, as well as a suite of resources to inform institutions  and candidates. The project engages leaders in the field and extends prior  institutional, national, scholarly, and international investigations into the  doctorate as well as academic and professional work. It involves research and  environmental reviews, proposals for policy and strategy, surveys and  interviews, and consultation with Australian and institutional stakeholders.


Project plan

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Project team

This 2015 OLT Strategic Innovation and Development project is led by The University of Melbourne in collaboration with Griffith University, James Cook University, La Trobe  University, Macquarie University, Monash University, Queensland University of  Technology, The University of Queensland, The University of Sydney, The University  of Western Australia, and University of New South Wales,

For more information, please contact the Project Manager Gail Maddigan.