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.
In some faculties advanced coursework is also prescribed.
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 apply to convert to a PhD after one year's full-time enrolment in a Masters by Research program by attending a Confirmation of Candidature Reveiw Panel and satisfying the requirements of this Review Panel as set out in section 3.2.6.(iii) of the following document: [www.gs.unsw.edu.au/policy/documents/aprprocedure.pdf].
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.
If you are considering applying for a PhD at UNSW you will need to make contact with the relevant School or Faculty. This is necessary in order to establish that your research interests and those of the School and Faculty are aligned, and that there is a suitable supervisor for your particular area of research.
Prospective students are strongly advised to make contact with potential supervisors before applying for research study at the University.
Please refer to the relevant Faculty home page for contact details of Schools and Departments.
Please refer to the Graduate Research website for further information on how to apply, scholarships, English language requirements, thesis preparation and other research related matters.
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: