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.

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

050320C

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$29,850.00 (US$ 20,764) per year

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

Start date

Scheduled dates throughout the year

Venue

Campbelltown Campus

Corner of Narellan Road and Gilchrist Drive,

CAMPBELLTOWN,

New South Wales,

2560, SYDNEY, Australia

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$29,850.00 (US$ 20,764) per year

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

Start date

Scheduled dates throughout the year

Venue

Hawkesbury Campus

Bourke Street,

RICHMOND,

New South Wales,

2753, 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

To be eligible for admission into the Doctor of Philosophy or a professional doctorate, you must have previously completed at least one of the following qualifications: Bachelor (Honours Class 1 or Class 2) degree; Master of Research degree; Master of Philosophy degree; Qualifications from a university or other tertiary institution equivalent to the above.

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.

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