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PhD and Masters by Research

‘As a PhD or Masters candidate, you will become part of our community of scholars. This will be a unique opportunity to develop and advance your research skills and to contribute to high quality research and new knowledge. Our Institute’s research team is committed to tailoring effective support for your research success.’ Dr Peter Stephenson, Head of Higher Education and Research

Batchelor Institute offers two higher degree courses in Indigenous Perspectives by Research, at both the PhD and Masters levels. These are offered in or across the specialisations of Indigenous Education, Indigenous Languages and Indigenous Creative Arts. At the centre of these two programs is recognition of the richness and diversity of Indigenous perspectives, ontologies, epistemologies and methodological approaches.

Individual Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples’ knowledge, experiences and ways of working are valued from the commencement of candidature and acknowledged as the ground for this advanced research-training environment. Similarly, the candidate’s connections and accountabilities to communities are recognised as a fundamental component for the production of high quality research.

Batchelor Institute as ‘a site of national significance in Indigenous Education’ is at the forefront of actions to build Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research capacity and leadership.

ATTRIBUTES OF ADVANCED RESEARCH

Batchelor Institute recognises the individual professional and personal development aspirations being fundamental to the PhD and Masters by Research programs. The Institute has developed a list of general Graduate attributes as well as PhD and Masters Graduate attributes, consistent with the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) , the national policy for regulated qualifications in education and training.

BATCHELOR INSTITUTE GRADUATE ATTRIBUTES

  • Embrace a both-ways philosophy in lifelong learning and professional practice
  • Have self-confidence and a strong sense of identity
  • Value learning, critical analysis, creativity and Indigenous scholarship
  • Be a strategic thinker who can make and implement decisions
  • Appreciate, value and operate in culturally and intellectually diverse environments
  • Work professionally and ethically, independently or with others
  • Accept individual and community responsibility and obligations.

PhD Graduate Attributes
Ability to make a substantive and independent contribution to knowledge in the discipline or field of study in an original and scholarly way
An international perspective on knowledge and learning
Advanced understanding of key theoretical perspectives and methodologies related to their field of research
Justify a position by the use of evidence and argument in written and oral or other relevant forms of research presentation to academic audiences
Communicating complex issues to a variety of audiences inside and outside the field of research and to the wider community
Developing and participating in research, professional and community networks
Setting research goals, planning, and ordering activities to complete a complex project within available resources
Intellectual openness and curiosity, and an appreciation of the interconnectedness, and areas of uncertainty, in current human knowledge
Capacity to respect interdisciplinary and diverse cultural perspectives and demonstrate social integrity through ethical practice
Employ sophisticated Information technology skills for undertaking research, communication and dissemination
Capacity to cope with the contingencies and demands of complex lives and exit with enhanced resilience
MIP Graduate Attributes
Advanced understanding of key theoretical perspectives and methodologies related their field of research
Justify a position by the use of evidence and argument in written and oral or other relevant forms of research presentation to academic audiences
Communicating complex issues to a variety of audiences inside and outside the field of research and to the wider community
Developing and participating in research, professional and community networks
Setting research goals, planning, and ordering activities to complete a complex project within available resources
Intellectual openness and curiosity, and an appreciation of the interconnectedness, and areas of uncertainty, in current human knowledge
Capacity to respect interdisciplinary and diverse cultural perspectives and demonstrate social integrity through ethical practice
Employ sophisticated Information technology skills for undertaking research, communication and dissemination
Capacity to cope with the contingencies and demands of complex lives and exit with enhanced resilience