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Doctor of Professional Studies

Doctor of Professional Studies (DPRS)

Entry requirements
Study mode
  • On-campus
  • Online
  • Toowoomba
  • 3 year(s) (or part-time equivalent)
Start date
  • February
  • July
  • November


  • USQ’s Doctor of Professional Studies allows you to combine your professional practice with study. The program is specifically designed for people wanting to focus on a real-world, real-time work-based challenge and gain a doctoral degree.
  • Your study is based on your work. Rather than traditional university programs, this Doctor of Professional Studies is personalised to your work and profession, and built on an ethos of quality, engagement and support. The degree is multi-disciplinary and linked to the fulfilment of self-directed career development, life-long learning and personalised learning.
  • You gain skills to critically review resources and address theoretical and practical issues in your organisation or community by designing and implementing a work-based learning and research project.
  • Being part of the Professional Studies program means that you are contributing to a ‘triple dividend’ outcome principle. Your unique contribution leads to benefits for your own individual professional development, your organisation’s improvement and the body of professional knowledge relevant to your practice.
  • Enhance your engagement by participating in dynamic learning communities of students, staff, your peers or fellow professionals from around the world.

Career outcomes

  • As a graduate, you will gain the skills to enrich your professional practice, influence the sector and be prepared for a variety of career opportunities. You can use this degree to illustrate your advanced standing in your profession. You can advance your career in the public service, become a leading professional in the private sector, develop leadership in specialised practice and become a thought leader. 

Entry requirements 

  • Admission is by written application and interview.
  • Bachelor degree with honours, or a masters degree from an Australian university or equivalent plus minimum of 5 years of experience in their field.

English language requirements

You are required to satisfy the applicable English language requirements and this degree 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.


USQ offers a number of bachelor with honours and master degrees for you to study to help you meet the entry requirements for your chosen degree.

Degree structure

To complete this degree students must complete 24 units. Most courses (similar to ‘subjects’) are valued at 1 unit. To study full-time you would usually complete 4 units per semester.

Courses to be studied Units
2 x core courses 4
1 x workplace-based research course up to 20
4 x approved courses (optional) 4
Total 24

Refer to the USQ Handbook for courses to be studied and recommended enrolment patterns.

Fees and scholarships

Your actual fees may vary depending on the courses you select. We review our fees annually so these may be subject to change.

Approximate annual costs1 for your first year of study (8 units) in this degree are:

Study Mode Cost
Domestic full fee paying

You are responsible for the full cost of your course and are charged a tuition fee.

AUD 26480

1 These are indicative annual fees for 2020. 

Grant to help you pay your fees

All Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens commencing a Higher Degree by Research (HDR) degree will have their tuition fees paid by the Australian Commonwealth Government under the Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset scheme. The RTP Fees Offset scheme covers program fees for an HDR student up to a maximum period of four years for full-time study or up to eight years part-time study for a Doctoral degree, and up to a maximum period of two years for full-time or four years part-time for a Masters by Research degree.

As part of the enrolment process, students are required to submit proof of citizenship or permanent residency status and transcripts of all previous academic study. This documentation enables the University of Southern Queensland to determine eligibility for an RTP Fees Offset place.

Students eligible for an RTP Fees Offset place are those who:

  • have not used RTP Fees Offset funding in the previous three years; or
  • have already used RTP Fees Offset funding and have successfully completed an HDR degree. Once a student completes an HDR degree, full entitlements of RTP Fees Offset are restored.

If a student's RTP Fees Offset entitlement expires before completion of the degree, the student will be required to pay full tuition fees, or if meeting the eligibility criteria be able to apply for a FEE-Help loan


At USQ, we offer a range of scholarships to support your success at university. Find a scholarship that works for you.

How to apply

Complete your online application directly to USQ.

The closing dates for applying directly to USQ are:

  • Semester 3, 2020 - applications close Friday 20 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 16 November, 2020.
  • Semester 1, 2021 - applications close Monday 22 February, with semester 1 commencing on Monday 22 February, 2021.
  • Semester 2, 2021 - applications close Monday 12 July, with semester 2 commencing on Monday 12 July, 2021.
  • Semester 3, 2021 - applications close Monday 15 November, with semester 3 commencing on Monday 15 November, 2021.

More information on applying key dates is available.

Further information

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