Doctor of Philosophy (Vet Science)
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
Exceptional facilities, globally recognised research staff, and a faculty ranked number one in Australia for veterinary science—these are just some of the reasons why a PhD in Veterinary Science will turn you into a veterinary and animal researcher of international standing.
The University of Sydney is the nation’s premier place to receive postgraduate training in veterinary science. We ranked first in Australia and 11th in the world for veterinary science in the 2015 QS World University Rankings and have been given a maximum score of 5 in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) federal government scheme for the veterinary sciences field of research. And, we are one of the few schools outside North America to receive accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). These numbers mean that as a PhD candidate in our faculty, your research will thrive in a multi-disciplinary environment with global significance.
The Faculty's international research profile gives you the opportunity to conduct work with real impact. You will work alongside researchers who are addressing challenges that are of the utmost concern to society: solving problems in food security, elucidating the connections between animal and human health, and improving health of our ecosystems and wildlife.
In our urban and rural faculty clinics (Camperdown and Camden) you will have access to world-class facilities that support research in feline and canine epidemiology, disease diagnosis and control.
As well as an environment of high-level research performance, your PhD studies will benefit from strong guidance, inclusion and support at both personal and professional levels. The faculty encourages students to develop high-level communication skills and present their research for international recognition. And, our strong links to the production animal industries, welfare organisations and the veterinary profession will provide you with a network that will enrich you career opportunities beyond.
Further course information and outcomes
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How to apply
To be eligible for admission to the Doctor of Philosophy (Veterinary Science), you must have completed the equivalent of one of the following in a subject area related to your proposed research area:
• bachelor's degree with first or second class honours or
• master's degree
Applying for admission
1. Find a supervisor within the University whose academic background aligns with your research. You may visit Research Supervisor Connect to start.
2. Contact a research supervisor through Research Supervisor Connect and provide:
• your academic/educational background and research experience with examples such as an academic transcript
• your CV/resume
• the area of interest for your PhD
• why you believe your research topics align with this supervisor
3. In conjunction with your supervisor, develop a research proposal, 2-4 pages in length that outlines the subject area, objectives and significance of your research. More information.
4. International applicants require two academic referee reports, each one written by a referee who is familiar with your previous academic achievements.
5. If you intend to study part-time towards a PhD (international student visa holders must enroll full-time), you will also need to supply:
• evidence that shows you will have sufficient time available to plan and carry out the research under the supervision of the University, and complete the course within the maximum period allowed for a part-time PhD enrolment
• a declaration from your employer (if relevant) confirming that you will be permitted to take the time required to effectively pursue your studies.
6. Submit your application along with your research proposal, CV, academic referee reports, academic transcripts, supporting evidence (where required) and other supporting documents such as identification and evidence of residency status. Applications are made via the University’s online application portal.
7. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply Now’ button on the right hand side of this page.
Please note - Except for IPRS and UsydIS scholarships for international students, you must complete a separate scholarship application.
Additional application requirements
You will be required to upload all of the following documents when you submit your application:
• certified academic transcripts for all your previous tertiary study, if they were not completed at The University of Sydney
• CV, providing a summary of your work experience
• two academic references (international applicants)
• statement for capacity to undertake part-time candidature (if applicable –domestic applicants)
• cover letter outlining your reasons for applying
• research proposal
• statement of capacity to undertake part-time candidature (if applicable –domestic applicants)
• evidence that your supervisor supports your application. This can be PDF copies of emails between you and your supervisor
• proof of your Australian residency status (a certified copy of the main page your Australian passport, or a certified copy of the main page(s) of your own passport with evidence of your visa)
• English language qualifications (if your prior study was completed at an institution where English is not the medium of instruction).
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2016, 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 2015 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 tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2016, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2016, 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.
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.