PhD Organisational Leadership

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Course Information

The Doctor of Philosophy is an integrated program of study and research which combines advanced coursework in research methodology and preparation, and an academic discipline, for the purpose of systematic and critical investigation and analysis in a field of learning to uncover new knowledge by discovery, the formulation of theories and/or the innovative re-interpretation of known data and established ideas. The Doctor of Philosophy program offers a specialisation in Organisational Leadership.
The course has been designed in order to satisfy the intersecting requirements of:
(a) the Australian Qualifications Framework;
(b) Excelsia College’s Graduate Attributes; and
(c) the designated Learning Outcomes of the course.
Students are required to undertake nine units of study as part of the Doctor of Philosophy course, four of which are advanced postgraduate units in a discipline area related to the proposed research topic area; one ethics unit; three units which are a combination of advanced research methods learning and research preparation during which students will be required to prepare and present their research proposal, develop a literature review and other relevant background investigations, and devise an appropriate methodology for the conduct of the proposed research; and the thesis itself. Over the period of the research methods and preparation units, students will be required to progress their research proposal through all relevant Institute procedures and reviews for approvals, including ethics approvals and confirmation of candidature. Once candidature is confirmed, candidates will then concentrate on supervised research, analysis and other activities associated with the implementation of their approved research proposal, the final examinable product of which will be a thesis.
Course Units
The course structure is based on six semesters (each of 15 weeks duration), with four subjects/units representing a full-time study load in each of the first two semesters, followed by the two-year doctoral thesis. The course comprises:
4 compulsory Discipline units (24 credit points);
1 compulsory Ethics unit (6 credit points);
3 compulsory Research Methods units (18 credit points); and
1 compulsory Thesis unit (96 credit points).
Course Structure
To qualify for the award of the Doctor of Philosophy a candidate shall accrue 144 credit points through satisfactory completion of all the subjects/units noted on the tab on the left.

Admission requirements

The first stage of applying to Excelsia College is the online application form. As you proceed with the form, please read carefully, complete all fields and attach all documentation listed on the checklist. Once you have submitted your online application, the Registrar’s Office will email you confirming: the receipt of your application, which round of offers you are in and when the offer date for that round is and any missing or uncertified documentation. After your application details have been confirmed your chosen school will contact you regarding the next stage. Please keep in mind that under the privacy legislation, Excelsia College is able to communicate only with the applicant about their application, and not with family members or other representatives.
1. The entry criteria for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy program shall normally be:
(a) a Bachelor degree with at least upper second-class Honours in an appropriate discipline (AQF Level 8) from an Australian higher education institution; or
(b) a research Master’s degree (AQF Level 9); or
(c) a coursework Master’s degree with a research thesis of at least 25% of the course; or
(d) a qualification recognised by the National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (NOOSR) as equivalent to any of the above; or
(e) other qualifications and experience as may, on application by the student, be deemed equivalent to (a) by the Academic Board of the Institute.
2. A student’s entry qualification need not include studies in business, management or related fields, but studies in these fields would be an advantage.
3. Industry and/or professional experience in organisational leadership, management, business and/or a related field is normally a requirement for entry. Candidates seeking entry to the program without relevant industry/professional experience will have to provide documentation to satisfy the Admissions Committee that they possess the relevant skills and background to successfully complete the course.
4. In certain circumstances where it is unclear to the Admissions Committee or the Academic Board whether a student has the qualifications and/or experience to enter the program, the student may be required to attend an interview to determine their eligibility for entry to the program.

Credit and Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

For more information regarding RPL and credit contact us on 02 9819 8823.

International Students

Candidates whose qualifying studies were completed in a language other than English will normally be required to demonstrate English proficiency equivalent to the overall minimum score of 7.0 in the IELTS Academic test.
3 years full time
February & July
8 + a doctoral thesis


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