If you are a high achieving student with an analytical mind and an intrinsic desire for problem solving, a research higher degree (RHD) could be the foundation of your exciting career in research.
A RHD is the recognised qualification for a career in academia as well as many other diverse and rewarding opportunities in the public and private sectors, domestically and internationally.
As a Master of Philosophy or Doctor of Philosophy candidate, you will have the opportunity to use your own problem solving ability to master new skills and make a contribution of new knowledge to a discipline you are passionate. The chance to immerse yourself in your chosen field and persevere with your research over a number of years will give you an overwhelming feeling of great personal achievement.
Research is a growth industry, and gaining a research higher degree will give you a significant advantage in the job market.
The unemployment rate for people of working age in 2006 with a PhD is only 2.2% (Edwards, 2010). The same article suggests that the â€œtotal Australian workforce is expected to grow by 16.6 per cent between 2007 and 2020, but the doctorate degree level component of this workforce has a projected 47.9 per cent growth over this time".
A report into research training commissioned by the Australian Government confirmed that the academic population is aging and that the number of young academics coming through will be insufficient to meet the future needs of research in Australia (Bradley, Noonan, Nugent and Scales, 2008).
The option of a career in academia is likely always to remain open for you if you complete a PhD, both immediately after graduation and as you continue to build knowledge and gain experience in your discipline.