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What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program is recognition of successful research experience. This degree requires an original and significant contribution to knowledge in an approved area. The degree requires a minimum of 3 years full-time study and preparation of a thesis.

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy may be awarded by the Council on the recommendation of the Research Committee of the appropriate faculty or board (hereinafter referred to as the Committee) to a candidate who has made an original and significant contribution to knowledge.

The length of a doctoral thesis normally should not exceed 100,000 words of text and should be submitted for examination within 3 years of full-time study.

Location

The candidate may undertake the research as an internal student i.e. at a campus, teaching hospital, or other research facility with which the University is associated, or as an external student not in attendance at the University except for periods as may be prescribed by the Committee.

The approved applicant may undertake their enrolment with a part-time or full-time load at the University, at one of its teaching hospitals or a research facility with which the University is associated; the Committee may permit a candidate to spend a period in the field, within another institution or elsewhere away from the University if it is satisfied that this is necessary to the research program and provided that the work can be supervised in a manner satisfactory to the Committee.

If the candidate's research work is based externally, there must be a minimum acceptable level of supervision that will be determined by the Committee. Normally an external candidate within another organisation or institution will have a co-supervisor at that institution.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine and Health

CRICOS

041947J

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$49,680.00 (27,02,938) per year

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

Start date

12 September 2022

Venue

UNSW Sydney - University of New South Wales

Kensington Campus,

High Street, Kensington,

UNSW SYDNEY,

New South Wales,

2052, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Candidates with an Honours degree including a thesis (at least comparable to UNSW class 2 division 1) in a relevant discipline, or with a medical degree from an Australian or New Zealand university (MBBS or equivalent), are in general considered eligible for admission to a PhD program. Candidates with a master’s degree with a significant research component and thesis in a relevant discipline are in general considered eligible for admission to a PhD program. Candidates with Honours below class 2 division 1, or who have not been awarded an Honours degree or a master’s degree with a significant Research component, need to demonstrate appropriate research experience. They are in general considered eligible for admission to a PhD program if they are first author on at least one refereed paper in a journal of sufficient standing. However, first authorship on a publication is not an absolute prerequisite, and the eligibility of all such candidates is determined on a case-by-case basis. Candidates with an MBBS or other medical degree from another country are in the first instance considered to be eligible to enroll for a research master’s program, with later transfer to a PhD if appropriate. Direct enrolment for a PhD may be approved on the basis of strong support from the proposed supervisor and the relevant School. Candidates with a Bachelor's degree (without an Honours degree or a Master’s degree with significant research component) and relevant experience comparable to a UNSW Honours degree, but no first author publications in refereed journals of sufficient standing, may be eligible to enrol in a research Master’s program on the basis of support from the proposed supervisor and the relevant School, with later transfer to a PhD if appropriate. English Language Requirements: IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest); TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT): 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking); TOEFL - Paper-based Test (PBT) 577 overall (min. 5.0 in TWE); Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest); Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - 180 overall (min.180 in each subtest; Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - 176 overall (min.169 in each subtest).

For international students

  • Candidates with an Honours degree (at least class 2 division 1) in a relevant discipline, or with an MBBS from an Australian or New Zealand university, are in general considered eligible for admission to a PhD program, or
  • Candidates with Honours below class 2 division 1, or who have not been awarded an Honours degree, need to demonstrate appropriate research experience and are in general considered eligible for admission to a PhD program
  • Candidates with an MBBS or other medical degree from another country are in the first instance considered to be eligible to enrol for a research Masters program, with later upgrade to a PhD if appropriate.
  • Candidates with a Bachelor's degree (not an Honours degree) and relevant experience, but no first author publications in refereed journals of sufficient standing, may be eligible to enrol in a research Masters program on the basis of support from the proposed supervisor and the relevant Head of School, with later upgrade to a PhD if appropriate.

English Language Requirements:

IELTS: 6.5 overall (min. 6.0 in each subtest); TOEFL IBT (Internet Based): 90 overall (min. 23 in writing, 22 in reading, listening and speaking); Pearson (PTE - Academic): 64 overall (min. 54 in each subtest); C1 Advanced Cambridge: 176 overall (min. 169 in each subtest); C2 Proficiency Cambridge: 180 overall (min. 180 in each subtest); UNSW Global University English Entry Course (UEEC): Successful completion with a minimum overall grade of C+ and a minimum grade of C in the writing component.

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

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About UNSW Sydney - University of New South Wales

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