UTS Framework for Doctoral Education

The UTS Difference

There is a global movement to review and change doctoral education which is driven by a number of inter-related factors:

  • Growing recognition of the importance of doctoral education to support innovation and economic development, together with
  • An expected decline in the supply of research qualified people for employers, including universities
  • Drive to increase the number of students completing higher degrees in order to meet workforce demands across the sectors
  • Varying academic and professional backgrounds, experiences and research skills of today’s doctoral stuedents.

At UTS we also have specific reasons for developing a new Framework for Doctoral Education:

  • Increasing the quality and number of our doctoral students will help boost our research capacity and performance
  • UTS is committed to developing workforce ready graduates – from undergraduate to doctoral level. The new Framework strongly aligns with our practice oriented teaching model.

As a result the UTS Framework for Doctoral Education differs from our national and international competitors:

  • Integrated, whole of university approach, which combines faculty and research centre specific aspects
  • Perceives and treats doctoral students as early career researchers
  • Provides a mix of disciplinary, research method and researcher development modules throughout the program.

This mix ensures that students are industry or academia ready.