Doctor of Philosophy (Arts & Soc Sci)

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sydney is consistently ranked as one of the world's most outstanding academies for research in the humanities and social sciences. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is offered in disciplines ranging across art and art history, archaeology and classics, diverse languages and their cultures, Economics, English language and literature, ancient, medieval and modern history, philosophy, the global political economy and international governance, sociology and cultural studies, and media and communications. The faculty's five Schools and related centres and institutes provide abundant PhD research opportunities with academic staff members who are experts and leaders in their fields of research.

Arts and Social Sciences

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sydney is consistently ranked as one of the world's most outstanding academies for research in the humanities and social sciences. The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) is offered in disciplines ranging across art and art history, archaeology and classics, diverse languages and their cultures, Economics, English language and literature, ancient, medieval and modern history, philosophy, the global political economy and international governance, sociology and cultural studies, and media and communications. The faculty's five Schools and related centres and institutes provide abundant PhD research opportunities with academic staff members who are experts and leaders in their fields of research.

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How to apply

Admission requirements

Applicants wishing to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences must demonstrate that they possess the necessary academic background in the field of study they wish to pursue. In order to provide a quality assurance framework for entry, the Faculty offers the following three pathways to admission into the PhD:

1. H1. A student applying on the basis of a period of undergraduate study will be regarded as having demonstrated the required level of research potential if a first class honours degree in a relevant subject area has been achieved.
2. H1E. A student applying on the basis of a period of undergraduate study will be regarded as having demonstrated the required level of research potential if an equivalent to a first class honours degree in a relevant subject area has been demonstrably achieved. Equivalents comprise:
1. MASTERS BY RESEARCH. An applicant having completed a Masters degree by research in a relevant subject area with a thesis mark of 80% or above is deemed to have demonstrated a capacity for extended research and is eligible to apply for admission to the PhD.
2. MASTERS BY COURSEWORK. An applicant having completed a Masters degree by coursework in a relevant subject area will have demonstrated a capacity for extended research by:
1. Achieving an 80% average or above for the coursework component; and
2. Achieving 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)
3. PUBLICATION. 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.

Having satisfied the above requirements the applicant is eligible to apply for direct admission the PhD.

3. MPhil UPGRADE. Applicants achieving an honours class 2 (division one) or equivalent in a relevant subject area may be admitted to the degree of Master of Philosophy (MPhil). The student will have demonstrated a capacity for extended research after completing a minimum of two semesters full-time or equivalent part-time candidature in this degree by:
1. Meeting HDR progression requirements
2. Completing 35,000 words of a thesis to the satisfaction of the department
3. Providing evidence that their research is of a sufficient scope and depth to sustain a doctoral thesis

Having satisfied these requirements the student may apply to upgrade to the PhD.

You must provide references from at least two academics who are familiar with your studies and are qualified to comment on your previous academic achievements and your capacity to undertake a research degree.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Doctor of Philosophy (Arts & Soc Sci).

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Doctor of Philosophy (Arts & Soc Sci).

Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.

The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents

Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.

International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.

Annual review

Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.

In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Potential for inaccuracy

Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.