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Economics - 1540

Program Summary

Campus: Kensington Campus
Career: Research
Typical Duration: 4 Years
Typical UOC Per Semester: 24
Min UOC Per Semester: 12
Max UOC Per Semester: 24
Min UOC For Award: 144
Doctor of Philosophy (Research)

Program Description

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is offered in all faculties of the University of New South Wales and encourages initiative and originality in research. Candidates should make a significant contribution to knowledge in their field.

As a general guide, the UNSW entry requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy are as follows:
  • A candidate for the degree shall have been awarded an appropriate degree of Bachelor with Honours from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent from another university or tertiary institution at a level acceptable to the Research Committee of the appropriate Faculty.
  • Candidates may be admitted to the PhD program after one year's full-time enrolment in a Masters by Research program, with the approval of the Faculty Postgraduate Affairs Committee.
  • In exceptional cases an applicant who submits evidence of such other academic and professional qualifications as may be approved by the Committee may be permitted to enrol for the degree.
However, as each Faculty manages its own PhD programs, prospective local and international research students should check with the relevant Faculty and/or School for specific entry requirements.[[]]

English language requirements also apply. Please see: [[]]

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

On successful completion of the PhD program, students will have the ability to:
  • design, plan and execute an original piece of research that makes a substantial contribution to disciplinary knowledge
  • undertake self-directed research and produce high-quality outcomes in an acceptable time period
  • critically evaluate relevant academic literature and perspectives in order to assess arguments and evidence in relation to their research program
  • demonstrate a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of the diversity and applicability of different methods of problem solving and research inquiry
  • determine and apply appropriate research methods for their research problem
  • demonstrate and apply advanced knowledge and scholarship in a specialist field related to their research problem
  • demonstrate high level and systematic knowledge and understanding of the principles, methods and applications of their discipline
  • communicate complex issues and impart scholarly knowledge, both orally and in writing, to peers and the scholarly community

Program Structure

This program involves a minimum of three years full-time study. Students undertake supervised research leading to the production of the thesis.

The length of a doctoral thesis normally should not exceed 100,000 words of text and should be submitted for examination within 4 years of full-time study.

In some faculties advanced coursework is also prescribed.

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