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Doctor of Applied Science (DASC)

Study Mode
  • External

  • Semester 1 (February)
  • Semester 2 (July)

Number of Units
  • 24 units

  • 3 years or part-time equivalent

  • -

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Enhance your career through scientific research

Extend your qualifications in your chosen scientific research discipline with USQ’s Doctor of Applied Science. With a focus on advanced professional development, you will gain technical and research skills to independently evaluate relevant scientific theories, implement research methods and make significant contributions to the scientific profession. Unique to Australia, this degree gives you online access to a range of research facilities including our Remote Access Labs, a High Performance Computing cluster, and Mt Kent Observatory.

Doctor of Applied Science or PhD?

The Doctor of Applied Science is for the science professional looking to further expand their skills, knowledge and qualifications. The degree also provides an equivalent and efficient alternative pathway to PhD studies to achieve a Doctoral qualification through a complementary combination of coursework and research project work.

Within this degree, your studies will include 8 units of discipline-based coursework and research methodology studies, before embarking on 16 units of independent research. It is also possible for you to undertake industry-based scientific research projects, with the support of technical supervisors. 

Courses to be studied Units
Core courses 8
plus 16 research courses
Total 24
Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

How much will it cost?

Approximate annual costs1 for international students' first year of study (8 units) in this program:

Study Mode Cost
External/Online AUD 31360

Scholarships and financial assistance

You may be able to apply for scholarships to help with your study costs.

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2018 and costs will vary depending on the actual courses selected during your study. Fees may also vary from year to year as they are reviewed annually.

Entry Requirements


  • completed a relevant Bachelor degree with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours (Division A) or equivalent, or a Masters degree, (with a research component) or other qualifications equivalent to First Class or 2A Honours.

English Language Requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements. This program requires a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

If you do not meet the English language requirements you may apply to study a University-approved English language program.

How to apply

Closing dates

USQ accepts applications all year. Semester start dates are:

  • Semester 1, 2020 - Monday 24 February 2020.
  • Semester 2, 2020 - Monday 13 July 2020.

Applications may be submitted at any time, but it is ideal to allow a minimum of 20 working days between when you submit your application and the start of your requested semester.

Credit for previous study or work experience

If you have previously studied in your home country, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning to reduce the number of courses that you need to study to finish your program.

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