Creative Practice - 1273

Program Summary

Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Contact: School of the Arts and Media

Campus: Sydney

Career: Research

Typical Duration: 3-4 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)

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Program Description

This Program covers study towards the PhD undertaken in the School of the Arts and Media in the areas of creative writing, practice-based research, and music composition. For details, visit the School website.

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, if they meet the PhD entry requirements and with the approval of the Faculty Higher Degree 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.
As each Faculty manages its own PhD programs, prospective local and international research students should check with the relevant Faculty for specific entry requirements.

English language requirements also apply. Please see:

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree encourages initiative and originality in research. Students will make a significant contribution to knowledge in their field and will be competent to carry out research in their chosen area.

Program Structure

This program involves a minimum of three years full-time study in which students undertake supervised research. The Creative Practice PhD normally consists of a portfolio of creative work and a thesis of at least 30,000 words which should be submitted for examination within 4 years of full-time study.

Academic Rules

Academic Rules are the 'Conditions for Award of Doctor of Philosophy Policy' Version: 1.0 Effective 1 April 2012 from the following website:


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.

Further Information

If you are considering applying for a PhD at UNSW you will need to make contact with the relevant School by emailing the School's nominated representative. This is necessary in order to establish that your research interests and those of the Faculty are aligned, and that there is a suitable supervisor for your particular area of research.

Prospective students can also make contact with potential supervisors before applying for research study at the University.

Visit the following websites:

UNSW Arts and Social Sciences
Information on entry requirements, how to apply, contact details, supervision areas.

School of Humanities and Languages; School of the Arts and Media
Discipline information and potential supervisors.

UNSW Graduate Research School
Information for future research students including scholarships, English language requirements, thesis preparation and other research related matters.

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