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What will I learn?

This PhD is a program of independent, supervised research that is assessed solely on the basis of a thesis, sometimes including a creative work component that is examined externally. The work presented for a PhD must be a substantial and original contribution to scholarship, demonstrating mastery of the subject of interest as well as an advance in that field of knowledge.

The PhD comprises an independent, supervised research project mutually agreed upon by a student, supervisor, head of school and the Board of the Graduate Research School. It may be undertaken in any school in the University. The PhD requires the development and implementation of a rigorous research plan, based on a comprehensive understanding of the relevant literature and the need for answers to questions posed in that literature or as the result of a new theory. The thesis demonstrates a student's ability to document and interpret results, formulate theories and discuss the results in light of the current literature to a high level of competence. Each student's PhD experience is different because each student undertakes a unique course tailored to their interests and needs. All students undertake research that is assessed in the form of a thesis. Students may also undertake taught courses, industry placements and other developmental activities. Many students choose to spend part of their candidature undertaking research interstate or overseas.

By agreement with their supervisors, students may commence at any time throughout the year, except December.

This course is focus on Physical and Biological.

Career Pathways

PhD graduates move into a wide range of careers, depending on their areas of research. The traditional pathways are to research and academic careers, but many graduates progress into other professional areas, including management. Because the PhD is a demonstration of a graduate's ability to conceptualize and implement an independent program of research, manage a project, organize resources, work with other people and communicates effectively in writing at a high level, it is a ticket to many destinations.

Career Opportunities:

  • Accountant
  • Actuary
  • Advertising Professional
  • Advertising and Public Relations Manager

Further study

Higher doctorate

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$46,400.00 (25,13,543) per year
AUD $185,600 for the entire course

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

Start date

September 2021, October 2021, November 2021, January 2022, February 2022, March 2022, April 2022, May 2022, June 2022, July 2022, August 2022


The University of Western Australia (UWA)

Crawley Campus,

35 Stirling Highway,


Western Australia,

6009, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

(1) To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have, (a)(i) a bachelor's degree of this University in a relevant field with first or upper second class honours, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; or (ii) a master's degree of this University in a relevant field with an average of at least 70 per cent, and adequate research preparation as prescribed in University Policy, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty; and (b) the equivalent of at least two years' full-time professional educational experience.

For international students

Applicants must have a bachelor's degree of this University or equivalent qualification; or have previously undertaken work of a sufficiently high standard towards a higher degree by research in this or another approved institution but not have submitted it for any degree; and have completed an appropriate PhD research proposal.

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) - Minimum grade of 180 with no band less than 170; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - Minimum grade of 180 with no band less than 170; GCE A-level - Minimum grade E in English Language, English Literature or English Language and Literature. IELTS - Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0 (must include Academic Reading and Writing modules); International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) - English A1 at HL or SL - Minimum score 4, English A2 at HL or SL - Minimum score 4, English B at HL - Minimum score 5; PTE - An overall score of 64 with a minimum score of 59 in the speaking and writing sections, and no less than 54 in the listening and reading sections. TOEFL - Internet-based Test (iBT): An overall score of 82 with a minimum score of: 22 in the Writing section; 18 in the Reading section; 20 in the Speaking section; and 20 in the Listening section.

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


About The University of Western Australia (UWA)

UWA is the only Western Australian university ranked in the top 100 universities worldwide.

  • World-top 100 university - QS World University Rankings 2021
  • 5-stars for teaching quality (Good Universities Guide 2020)
  • A proud member of the prestigious Australian Group of Eight
  • 11 subject areas in world’s top 50 QS Rankings 2020