Postgraduate Research

The Department’s Postgraduate Research Coordinator is in semester 1 and in semester 2. Before contacting them, please familiarise yourself with the contents of this page. Further information on postgraduate research can also be found on the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences website at http://sydney.edu.au/arts/future_students/postgraduate_research/index.shtml. If you are interested in pursuing postgraduate research in the Department, we advise that you follow the four steps outlined below.

We assume that you already have a good idea about your research area and topic.

1. Please consult the staff pages and their research interests (including publications) to see if the Department is able to offer supervision regarding your specific research area/topic: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/linguistics/staff/list.php.

2. Secondly, consider whether or not you satisfy the entry requirements for each degree. Here is some information to help you understand these requirements:

An honours degree (BA/honours) is usually a 3 to 4 year undergraduate degree with a research thesis of about 20,000 words. ‘First class’ means a mark of 80% or above.
To find out if you are eligible to apply, you will need to translate your grade and the thesis component of your degree into percentages if your grade is calculated differently. For example, if you got 3 out of a possible 5 points for a research thesis, that would equal a thesis grade of 60%. And if the thesis grade itself is worth 60 out of a total 200 credit points in the degree as a whole, that would equal 30% for the thesis component.
You will also need to translate your GPA into percentages, e.g. if you got 3.74 out of a possible total of 4, that would equal a grade of 93%.

With respect to all requirements: the Dean or Associate Dean may admit to candidature an applicant who does not meet these requirements, provided that the applicant holds a qualification or qualifications that, in the opinion of the Dean or Associate Dean, are equivalent to those listed below.

With respect to all degrees: further information on each degree is provided at the bottom of this page, including information on the length of theses/method of progression.


3. If you think you are eligible to enrol and that the Department can offer you supervision, contact the PG Research Coordinator or the staff member who you think might be best suited to supervise you to discuss your plans. At this stage, we would need a CV and a 5-page research proposal. Advice and assistance on proposals is available here: http://sydney.edu.au/stuserv/documents/thesisproposal.pdf

4. Once you have secured a supervisor from the Department, please submit an online application here: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/future_students/postgraduate_research_apply.shtml
(If the results of your first degree won't be known by the closing date, apply anyway, and forward your results when you know them.)

Entry requirements for all degrees

Entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD):
  • First class Honours degree in Linguistics from the University of Sydney (BA/honours, with a mark of 80% or above) or equivalent qualification from elsewhere. Certain major publications (e.g. a reviewed book, a suite of peer reviewed articles) may be deemed by the Associate Dean to constitute Hons 1 equivalence on a case-by-case basis.
    or
  • A Masters degree by Research in Linguistics, with a thesis mark of 80% or above.
    or
  • A Masters degree by Coursework in Linguistics if the candidate has achieved an 80% average or above for the coursework component; and has achieved a mark of 80% or above for an independent research component comprising 25% of the requirements for the award of the degree (where the degree is a 2 semester course).
  • Candidates who do exceptionally well may apply to upgrade from MPhil to PhD with Departmental approval after the completion of their first year of candidature.
Entry requirements for the Master of Philosophy (MPhil):
  • A BA/honours degree in Linguistics with a minimum Honours Second Class, Division 1 (a mark of 75% or above).
    or
  • A Masters degree by Research in Linguistics from the University of Sydney or equivalent institution.
    or
  • A Masters degree by Coursework in Applied Linguistics or Cross Cultural Communication from the University of Sydney (80% average), including a research component equivalent to at least one unit of study for which a grade of 80% or above is awarded, or equivalent qualification from elsewhere.
Entry requirements for the Master of Arts (Research):
  • A bachelor’s degree in Linguistics from the University of Sydney or equivalent institution completed with a distinction (80% or above) average.
Entry requirements for the Master of Letters (MLitt):
  • A bachelor of Arts of The University of Sydney or equivalent or, in special cases, another degree of the University, and
  • High achievement in the undergraduate courses, and
  • Completion of courses specified by the Department concerned, or courses deemed to be equivalent to those specified.

Scholarships


Candidates in the degrees of MA, MApplLing may apply to upgrade to the degree of MLitt. Candidates should have a good credit point average result in postgraduate units of study undertaken during their candidature. Upgrade from a Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate is not permitted. If you have any questions on the MLitt, please contact Dr Ahmar Mahboob ().

You can find information on scholarships here: http://sydney.edu.au/arts/future_students/scholarships.shtml and here: http://sydney.edu.au/scholarships/prospective/index.shtml.

Further information on postgraduate degrees

Master of Arts (Research) (MA)

COURSE COORDINATOR
Dr Monika Bednarek

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
See above.

INTAKE
Applicants are admitted in February and July.

METHOD OF PROGRESSION
The MA (Research) can be undertaken by research and thesis only, or a combination of thesis and coursework, as outlined below. It is not possible to upgrade from an incomplete Master of Arts (Research) degree to higher degree research candidature.

The MA (Research) may be undertaken in the following ways:

  • Two postgraduate units of study (12 credit points) and a thesis of 26,000 to 28,000 words; or
  • One postgraduate unit of study (6 credit points) and a thesis of 28,000 to 30,000 words; or
  • A thesis of 30,000 to 35,000 words.


The thesis topic must be approved by the Department. Members of staff act as supervisors.

International students are required to be enrolled as full time candidates.

Master of Letters (MLitt)

COURSE COORDINATOR
Dr Ahmar Mahboob

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
See above.

INTAKE
Applicants are admitted in February and July.

METHOD OF PROGRESSION
Research and thesis
The degree comprises 12 units of study (72 credit points), including a treatise of approximately 25,000 words on an approved topic. The treatise is written under the supervision of an academic member of staff, and comprises 2 units of study (Treatise Part 1 and Treatise Part 2), each worth 12 credit points.

International students are required to be enrolled as full time candidates.

Doctor of Arts

The Department does not offer this degree.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

COURSE COORDINATOR
Dr Monika Bednarek

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
See above.

INTAKE
Applicants are admitted in February and July.

METHOD OF PROGRESSION
Research and thesis
For local candidates, the PhD degree can be undertaken on either a full time or part time basis. For full time PhD candidates the minimum period is three years and the maximum is five years. For part time PhD candidates the minimum period is usually three years and the maximum is seven years.

International students are required to be enrolled as full time candidates.

The thesis topic must be approved by the Department. Members of staff act as supervisors.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

COURSE COORDINATOR
Dr Monika Bednarek

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
See above.

INTAKE
Applicants are admitted in February and July.

METHOD OF PROGRESSION
Research and thesis
For local candidates, the PhD degree can be undertaken on either a fuul time or part time basis. For full time PhD candidates the minimum period is three years and the maximum is five years. For part time PhD candidates the minimum period is usually three years and the maximum is seven years.

International students are required to be enrolled as full time candidates.

The thesis topic must be approved by the Department. Members of staff act as supervisors. Successful applicants are usually admitted on one year's probation, in which case the candidature will be confirmed subject to satisfactory completion of the first year.