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Program Summary

Faculty: UNSW Canberra at ADFA


Campus: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

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)

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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 and original 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 UNSW Canberra Research 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.

However, as each Faculty manages its own PhD programs, prospective local and international research students should check with UNSW Canberra and/or School for specific entry requirements.

Candidates may be admitted to the PhD program after 9-12 months full-time enrolment in a Masters by Research program, following a confirmation of candidature review to the satisfaction of the relevant Head of School, and with the approval of the UNSW Canberra Higher Degree Committee.

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. 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.

Some advanced coursework may also be prescribed.

Academic Rules


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

Further Information

Prospective students are strongly advised to make contact with a potential supervisor and the UNSW Canberra Research Student Unit before applying for research study at the University.

Further information about the PhD program and scholarships at UNSW Canberra can be found by emailing a query via

Please refer to the following web-page for further information on how to apply, scholarships, English language requirements, thesis preparation and other research related matters:

Area(s) of Specialisation

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