What will I learn?

The Doctor of Philosophy is the University’s flagship research award and is the standard pre-requisite for a career in research or academia. The PhD involves three – four years of research for a full-time candidate or the equivalent in half-time candidature.
As one of the most highly research-intensive and respected universities in Australia and a member of the prestigious Group of Eight, The University of Adelaide is the smart choice for your research program. The University is committed to providing unique opportunities for graduates and researchers who are recognised as worldwide leaders for their vision and capacity to address global research challenges.

Career Readiness

The PhD is a demonstration of a graduate’s ability to conceptualise and implement an independent program of research, manage a project, organise resources, work with other people and communicate effectively both orally and in writing at a high level. Accordingly, a wide range of career opportunities are available to PhD graduates. The traditional pathways are to research and academic careers, however, increasingly, graduates progress into other professional areas, including management.

Potential careers: Research Manager, Research Scientist, Research and Education

Degree Structure

A PhD comprises an independent, supervised research project mutually agreed upon by the student, their supervisors and Head of School. 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 a result of a new theory. In addition, PhD students complete a minimum of 120 hours of relevant professional development activities through the University's Career and Research Skills Training (CaRST) program.
Progress through the degree is tracked through the completion of a number of key milestones. These milestones provide an opportunity for the University to review progress and ensure that candidates are well supported to complete their degree in a timely manner.

The Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences provides high quality teaching and research in strategically chosen areas of Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics.

Graduates from this Faculty are highly regarded by employers and have been successful in a variety of areas. The academic staff of the Faculty are world leaders in their disciplines, staff who actively contribute to real-world problems through consulting and advanced fundamental and applied research.

The Faculty has close links with industry, and its research is well supported by grants and contracts from both government and the private sector. Many of its technological breakthroughs form the basis of independent companies with University shareholding or joint venture agreements with industry both in Australia and overseas.

Australian School of Petroleum: The Australian School of Petroleum (ASP) is home to world-class research facilities, groups and centres, covering a diverse and wide range of areas.

Chemical Engineering: The School of Chemical Engineering has a strong research team that is focused on solving problems and providing answers for industry and the wider community.

Civil Environmental & Mining Engineering: The School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering is home to three research groups, each of which offers expertise in a variety of engineering disciplines.
Computer Science: The School of Computer Science has a proud tradition of world-class research and development, both fundamental and applied.
Electrical & Electronic Engineering: The School has a strong research emphasis with staff and students.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences



Study options

Full Time (3 - 4 years)

Tuition fees
A$42,000.00 (US$ 28,892) per year

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

Start date

29 July 2019, 2 March 2020


The University of Adelaide

North Terrace Campus,


South Australia,

5005, ADELAIDE, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To meet the academic standing required for admission to a Doctor of Philosophy, you should have completed one of the following: A relevant University of Adelaide Honours degree of Bachelor (or equivalent) with at least a second class Honours (upper division), which includes an appropriate research component. A relevant Master by Coursework degree of the University of Adelaide (or equivalent) containing a minimum of 12 credit points by research, with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or higher and a GPA of 6.0 or higher in the Research Component. Degrees without a significant research component are not acceptable for the purposes of admission to a doctorate. A relevant University of Adelaide Research Master degree (or equivalent). IELTS (Academic) Overall score of 6.5 and Minimum band scores 6.5 in Writing; 6.5 in Speaking; 6.0 in Listening; 6.0 in Reading; TOEFL Paper-based total score of 575 with 4.5 in the TWE OR Internet-based total score of 79 and Individual scores 24 in Writing; 22 in Speaking; 13 in Listening; 13 in Reading. PTE (Academic) Overall score of 65 and Skills profile 65 in Writing; 65 in Speaking; 58 in Listening; 58 in Reading. CAE Overall score 176 and Individual scores 176 in Writing; 176 in Speaking; 169 in Listening; 169 in Reading.

For international students

The academic standing required for acceptance as a candidate for a Doctor of Philosophy in the University shall be:

a relevant Honours degree of Bachelor of the University of Adelaide that contains a research component deemed appropriate by the University and in which the candidate has achieved at least a IIA standard
a relevant Master by Research degree of the University of Adelaide
a relevant Master by Coursework degree of the University of Adelaide containing a minimum of 15 credit points by research, with an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 5.0 or higher and a GPA of 6.0 or higher in the Research Component.

IELTS: Overall band score of 6.5 AND Minimum band scores 6.5 in Writing and Speaking AND 6.0 in Listening and Reading; TOEFL minimum score: Paper-based – total score of 575 with 4.5 in the TWE (Test of Written English) OR Internet-based – total score of 79 with 24 in Writing AND 22 in Speaking AND 13 in Listening and Reading; Pearson Test of English (Academic) Minimum scores: Overall score of 65 AND Skills profile 65 in Writing and Speaking AND 58 in Listening and Reading; CAE Minimum scores: Overall score 176 AND Individual scores 176 in Writing and Speaking AND 169 in Listening and Reading.

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About this uni

The University of Adelaide works alongside governments, businesses, and other universities across Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Based in South Australia.
  • Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world.
  • Member of Australia’s research-intensive Group of Eight.
  • Top 10 on The Economist’s list of world’s most liveable cities