Doctor of Philosophy (Science)

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the Faculty of Science will allow you to pursue research from one of a number of fields in which the faculty has expertise. Candidates will complete the degree in three to four years during which time they will undertake research culminating in the submission of an 80,000 word thesis.

PhD candidates in the Faculty of Science may undertake research in the following areas:

Agriculture & Environment
Biological Sciences
Chemistry
Geosciences
History and Philosophy of Science
Marine Sciences
Mathematics & Statistics
Medical Sciences: Pathology | Pharmacology | Anatomy & Histology | Physiology
Microscopy & Microanalysis
Molecular Bioscience
Physics
Psychology

You can search for potential projects and supervisors via Research Supervisor Connect.

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

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the Faculty of Science will allow you to pursue research from one of a number of fields in which the faculty has expertise. Candidates will complete the degree in three to four years during which time they will undertake research culminating in the submission of an 80,000 word thesis.

PhD candidates in the Faculty of Science may undertake research in the following areas:

Agriculture & Environment
Biological Sciences
Chemistry
Geosciences
History and Philosophy of Science
Marine Sciences
Mathematics & Statistics
Medical Sciences: Pathology | Pharmacology | Anatomy & Histology | Physiology
Microscopy & Microanalysis
Molecular Bioscience
Physics
Psychology

You can search for potential projects and supervisors via Research Supervisor Connect.

Further course information and outcomes

Further information about research courses:

Further information

How to apply

Admission requirements

Applicants of the Doctor of Philosophy should normally hold a relevant degree which contains a project or thesis component equivalent to half a semester's load or a bachelor's degree with first or second class honours.

Alternatively, an applicant may be admitted having passed a qualifying examination at a standard equivalent to the bachelor's degree with first or second class honours.

In addition to these academic requirements the head of department must certify to the faculty that your proposed course of advanced study and research is appropriate and acceptable; that you have in addition to the academic qualifications the necessary training and ability to pursue the proposed course of study and research; and that there are sufficient supervisory and other resources and facilities available to enable your candidature to be completed successfully.

Before your application for admission to a research degree can proceed, you must have a potential supervisor arranged. You can search for a potential supervisor by using Research Supervisor Connect.

Please note that you will need to submit a statement of research interest during the application process. More information about other documents you may need to supply.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Doctor of Philosophy (Science).

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Doctor of Philosophy (Science).

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.