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This Program covers study towards the PhD undertaken in Indigenous Studies offered by the Nura Gili Indigenous Programs Unit. Indigenous Studies is an interdisciplinary field of study which engages, contests and builds on earlier understanding of Indigenous societies developed through the disciplines of anthropology, archaeology and linguistics and viewed through the Western imagination. The challenges in understanding the contemporary position of Indigenous Australians also brings Indigenous issues into the realm of academic inquiry in Australian history, Australian literature, the fine arts, education, psychology, politics and public policy, sociology, law, social work, medicine, health, and the natural and built environment.

For details on the disciplinary and cross-disciplinary areas of research which are offered for PhD supervision, visit the Nura Gili 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. See UNSW Higher Degree Research Learning Outcomes.

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.


DVC (Academic) Board of Studies



Study Level


Typical duration

3 to 4 Years

Delivery Mode


Academic Calendar

Research Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Doctor of Philosophy


Doctor of Philosophy - PhD

Additional Information

For further information on policies, procedures and forms, see the Graduate Research website.

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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