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What will I learn?

The research involved in producing a doctoral (PhD) dissertation involves a significant contribution to a field of knowledge.

Each PhD candidate has two supervisors. We will ensure that a supervisor with appropriate expertise is allocated to a candidate at the time of application. You are encouraged to identify potential supervisors who match your area of research interest by visiting the UOW Scholars website. We also advise you make contact with a potential supervisor to discuss your project prior to applying for admission.

Disciplinary areas available include Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geography and Geology.

You may be required to attend lectures in relevant topics from time to time throughout the program.

Why choose this course

The Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health is a research-intensive faculty with vigorous and well-supported Higher Degree Research programs in Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Archaeology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Biofabrication and Electromaterials.

Over the last five years, our researchers have secured research and innovation income worth over $130M on projects as diverse as investigating the beginnings of human history in Australia; assessing and mitigating bushfire risks; improving quality of care for people living with dementia; and investigating the fundamental processes of life, one molecule at a time, through single-molecule biophysics.

In the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia ratings, the Faculty received the highest possible rating for its research quality (‘well above world standard’) in many individual disciplines, as well as in the overall field of Chemical Sciences.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,240.00 (19,71,708) per year
AUD $144,960 for the entire course; Session fee: AUD $18,120

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

Start date

25 July 2022, 27 February 2023, 24 July 2023


University of Wollongong

Northfields Avenue,


New South Wales,

2522, WOLLONGONG, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Coursework Masters with GPA 3 out of 4

For international students

Honours degree with 2nd class Division 1 or higher; Research Masters with at least ? of the degree comprising a thesis. UOW Masters of Research with WAM70+; Coursework Masters with a substantial thesis and WAM75+ or GPA 3.2 out of 4. Other forms of research experience will also be considered.

Special Admission Requirements
All applicants for research degrees must submit a written (preferably typed) proposal as part of their application. This proposal should:

commence with a statement detailing any previous research or project experience you have undertaken, including if possible a copy of the abstract of such work;
contain, in no more than one additional page, a clearly focussed research proposal for the study you would wish to undertake throughout your registration in the course; and
conclude with a statement of your motivation for wanting to undertake the research course.

English Requirements

IELTS Academic Overall Score of 6.5, reading 6.0, writing 6.0, listening 6.0, speaking 6.0; TOEFL (Internet-based) score of 86, reading 18, writing 18, listening 17, speaking 17; PTE Academic overall score of 62 All bands 54

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


About University of Wollongong

The University of Wollongong has an exceptional record of getting graduates job-ready and enjoys an excellent international reputation for teaching.

  • Ranked among the top 1% for graduate quality
  • Offers a range of exchanges, scholarships and bursaries
  • Provides students top-class sporting facilities
  • Annually welcomes almost 6000 international students