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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.

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.

See UNSW Higher Degree Research Learning Outcomes.




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



Entry Requirements

Additional Information

If you are considering applying for a PhD with the School of Psychology, you must first make contact with the School. This will help to establish that your research interests are aligned with those of the School and Faculty, and that there is suitable supervision available for your particular area of research. You can search the School's Areas of Expertise page, or the Find a Researcher page for more information.

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

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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