The Case for Enhanced PhD Programs

  • There are 45,000 students are enrolled in a PhD in Australia at any one time. If a PhD is 5 years long, then that’s an average of 9,000 per year. If its 4 years long, then more like 11,000 and 6 years, perhaps as few as 7,000.
  • Completion data suggests 6,500 finish each year. So, if we’re taking more than 6 years for a PhD at the same number start as finish. If we take 5 years the completion rate is 70% — about the rate being reported by individual universities.
  • University jobs are growing at about 1,400 per year.
  1. Two thirds of students in their final year of their PhD have no fixed idea of their career. That is, they don’t know what they want to do when they finish their PhD.
  2. About 30% of PhD graduates said “They would not do their PhD again if given their time over!”

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I’m a careers coach. I help people with PhDs or getting their PhDs answer the question — What next? This is a research strategy question as much as a jobs one.

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Dr. Richard Huysmans

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I’m a careers coach. I help people with PhDs or getting their PhDs answer the question — What next? This is a research strategy question as much as a jobs one.

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