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.
A candidate for the degree shall have been awarded an appropriate Bachelor degree with Honours from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent to the above from another university or tertiary institution.
A candidate for the degree shall have been awarded an appropriate coursework Master degree which includes a substantial research component from the University of New South Wales or a qualification considered equivalent to the above from another university or tertiary institution.
Candidates may be admitted to the PhD program after one year’s full-time enrolment in a Masters by Research program, 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.
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 following web-pages for further information on how to apply, scholarships, thesis preparation and other research related matters:
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