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What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree provides training and education with the objective of producing graduates with the capacity to conduct research independently at a high level of originality and quality.

A PhD candidate will uncover new knowledge either by the discovery of new facts, the formulation of theories or the innovative re-interpretation of known data and established ideas.

We secure success by:

  • Being distinctively student-centred
  • Engaging with enterprises across Greater Sydney and economies internationally
  • Conducting applied research relevant to enterprise

The award of a PhD is a recognition of successful research experience of international standard in the discipline.

Doctorates are completed within 3 years full-time candidature, with a maximum enrolment of four years full time, or part-time equivalent.

Candidates undertake their independent research under the expert guidance of a panel of supervisors.

Your career

As a Doctor of Philosophy graduate, you can look forward to career opportunities in settings such as:

  • Academia, industry, government and non-government organisations
  • Scientific research
  • Specialist consultancy
  • Research management
  • Executive-level management

Which department am I in?

Graduate Research School

CRICOS

050316k

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$28,400.00 (15,20,343) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

29 November 2021, 10 January 2022, 7 March 2022, 25 July 2022

Venue

Penrith Campus

Second Avenue,

KINGSWOOD,

New South Wales,

2747, SYDNEY, Australia

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$28,400.00 (15,20,343) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

29 November 2021, 10 January 2022, 7 March 2022, 25 July 2022

Venue

Campbelltown Campus

Corner of Narellan Road and Gilchrist Drive,

CAMPBELLTOWN,

New South Wales,

2560, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

An applicant for a PhD program must either hold: A Master’s degree by research, or a Bachelor (Hons) degree with Class 1 or Class 2 division 1 honours, or a demonstrated capacity for research in a discipline deemed to be acceptable to the university. English language requirements: IELTS (Academic version): 6.5 overall score, minimum 6.0 in each subtest; TOEFL internet-based score: Total score 82, Writing 21, Speaking 18, Reading 13, Listening 13; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 58 overall; No communication skills less than 50.

For international students

An applicant for a PhD program must either hold: A Masters degree by research, or A Bachelor (Hons) degree with Class 1 or Class 2 division 1 honours, or A demonstrated capacity for research in a discipline deemed to be acceptable to the university.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS: 6.5 overall score (min 6.0 in each subtest); TOEFL internet-based score of 82: Writing 21, Speaking 18, Reading 13, Listening 13; Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 58 overall; No communication skills less than 50.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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